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Dive Review of Uepi in
Solomon Islands

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Mark and Gini May, UT, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3136
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Fiji, Palau, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
[None]The Solomons are rarely visited by Americans but a lot of Aussies and
Kiwis visit as it is close.  This was by far the best diving we have done
in 22 years since certification.  Admittedly the Solomon Islands have
little tourist infrastructure so don't go expecting plush accomadations. 
We stayed a week at the Gizo Hotel on the island of Gizo and a week at Uepi
resort on Morovo lagoon.  The Gizo Hotel is very basic and makes a Motel 6
look lux.  Uepi Island Resort was nice but again not as fancy as one would
expect on Fiji or in Hawaii.  The Solomon Islanders are great though, they
don't see many Americans so are very friendly and interested in us.  The
diving is fantastic, with over 900 islands dive sites are everywhere.  At
Gizo we took off in the morning and had a dive, went to an uninhabited
island for lunch and swimming, then went for our afternoon dive.  One lunch
was on Kennedy Island where JFK and crew swam after their PT boat was cut
in two. WWII history is everywhere and we did our first wreck dives there
on ships and a P-38 and a Hellcat.  Would we go back?  We are this March as
well as going to PNG
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