With hundreds of islands and coral reefs, many of which have
never seen a diver, the Solomon Islands are a world renowned
scuba dive location. The waters are often clear, with abundant
marine life including pelagics and all kinds of fish, sharks, manta
rays, dugongs and dolphins. Water temperatures average 27
degrees Centigrade. The Solomons is not only an ideal place to
learn how to dive, with it's many internationally certified dive
schools and qualified trainers of great experience. There are also
some serious chalenges for the advanced diver, and dive boats
can be chartered to reach the more remote locations.
The Solomon Islands are justly famous for an abundance of exotic fish, colourful reefs and fascinating wrecks (left over from the intense fighting during World War II). Guadalcanal witnessed some of the worst naval battles of WWII and it was here that the tide was turned in the Pacific campaign. As such, "Iron Bottom Sound", near Honiara, is strewn with many wrecks. The wrecks, having created artificial reefs, attract masses of fish and an incredible variety of coral life.
In the Western Province, Gizo is the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating region with its many unsurpassed dive sites. The sparkling, clear waters offer vast, unsullied reefs, eerie wrecks from WWII naval battles and drift dives on coral walls, caves and fish life. One of the most intact and diveable wrecks is that of the Toa Maru, a Japanese transport which was sunk by American bombers in 1943. A view of the wreck reveals trucks, tanks, ammunition and even sake bottles. A tourist spot for those with a sense of history is Kennedy Island. In August 1943, a future US President, John F Kennedy, swam to shore here after his patrol boat PT-109 was rammed by a Japanese destroyer.
You will find dive companies and schools in several centres including Honiara, Gizo, Munda and Uepi Island Resort.