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Dive Review of Spirit of Solomon in
Solomon Islands

Spirit of Solomon, May, 2007,

by Tim, FL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 3329.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No drinking before diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank for cameras only. Large area for working with cameras. Plenty of charging locations.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Great livaboard and crew. Spirit of Solomon is 125' long and had plenty of space. Our room was double bed with bathroom and AC. Large upper deck covered for dining and bar. Upper deck had sun tanning location also. Food was good and beer was cold. Dive area was large, had tables for cameras, baskets for each diver. Fresh water shower and clean dunk tanks for gear. Crew was very helpful in all aspects. Took care of your gear from initial set up to final cleaning. Tanks 3000 psi +.
We ran into a storm the first night and most of the trip was cloudy but mid to upper 80's. Some rain but nothing slowed the diving. Trip included Russell Islands, Guadal Canal, Florida Islands. Saw plenty of white tip, black tip and grey sharks. One Manta joined us on safety stop. Plenty of hard and soft corals and tropical fish. Nitros available, 32%. Did 4-5 dives per day. Could follow your own profile and computer. All dives are drift dives. Current was nothing to 2 knots. Used the reef hook on some points watching sea life in current hoping for more Mantas. Could follow crew or go on your own. Tinnies would pick you up when ready. Would recommend Spirit of Solomon.
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