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Your Guide to Diving Solomon Islands
Including Uepi and Gizo

All of Undercurrent's information on diving Solomon Islands, including articles, reader reports, Chapbook sections, ...

Diving Solomon Islands Overview

Accessed via Nadi (pronounced Nandi) in Fiji, the Solomons may be difficult to get to, but divers who opt for the liveaboard experience are well rewarded with excellent and varied diving including war wreck and coral reefs. Malaria is endemic and around a third of the population of the capital, Honiara, suffer, so take all precautions. Guadalcanal was the scene of fierce fighting during WW2, and there are still airplane wrecks hanging in the trees where they crashed as well as a few underwater to dive. Two Japanese wrecks near Mbonegi had been unloading supplies onto the beach when they were bombed. Iron Bottom Sound is so named for the number of vessels lost there in battle, but it's too deep to dive. Gizo has the wreck of the Toa Maru.

Solomon Islands Seasonal Dive Planner

The Solomons are hot and humid year-round, with the most rain falling between December and March. Annual rainfalls are well above 100 inches (2.5m), but mountainous islands do produce rain shadows resulting in much less rainfall on some coasts. Between December and April winds blow periodically out of the west (calm spells are broken by storms). The southeast trades blow from the end of April to November. The better months to travel are probably July through September when the rainfall (and therefore malarial mosquitoes), heat, and humidity are lowest, or in November when there's a good chance the seas are flatter.

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Diving Solomon Islands Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Bilikiki Cruises Report in Solomon Islands LiveAboard
"10 great days in the Solomon Islands"
filed Jan 20, 2020 by Craig Howe (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 19 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

Absolutely loved this trip. Boat was in great condition, crew was outstanding. We had a diver who thought she had DCS, was immediatel... ... Read more


Bilikiki Cruises Report in Solomon Islands LiveAboard
"Well Run Organization"
filed Nov 16, 2019 by DONALD MCCOY (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
3 stars

The Warm Water was nice and the diving was good. Would have liked to see bigger fish. It was really nice that the boat and crew worke... ... Read more


Solomon Dive Adventures Report in Solomon Islands
"A special place for the more adventurous"
filed Nov 16, 2019 by JOHN HOOVER (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 2 reports)
5 stars

A very small operation in Marovo Lagoon run by Lisa Choquette, former co-owner of Dive Makai in Kona, Hawaii. Lisa houses her guests (m... ... Read more Photos available


Uepi Island Resort Report in Solomon Islands/Uepi Island Resort
"Amazing Place"
filed Nov 11, 2019 by Laurel Fulton (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 12 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

A wonderful tropical paradise with amazing diving. Had a 10 day stay here after getting off the Bilikiki, a fantastic combo. Grant an... ... Read more Photos available


Bilikiki Cruises/Heritage Park Hotel Report in Solomon Islands LiveAboard
"Fantastic Trip"
filed Nov 11, 2019 by Laurel Fulton (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 12 reports, Contributor )
5 stars

Truly a wonderful trip, gorgeous coral, tons of healthy dive sites and no other divers ever seen on any site. There were many first si... ... Read more Photos available


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Complete Articles Available to Undercurrent Online Members; Some Publicly Available as Indicated

Diving Solomon Islands Articles - Liveaboards

Island Scuba Destinations That Will be Gone in Less than a Century, 9/19

Available to the Public
MV Taka, Solomon Islands, and a word about the Bilikiki, 5/18
Our Bilikiki Confusion, 1/17
Snafu in the Solomons, 9/14
M/V Bilikiki, Solomon Islands, fishy reefs and WWII wrecks, 5/12
Solomon Sea, 7/95
Spirit of Solomons, 10/94

Diving Solomon Islands Articles - Land Based

The Loss of a Diving Icon, 9/21

Available to the Public
Kiribati, Yeah; Kri, Nay, important updates for dive travelers, 5/06
Reports From Readers: Part I, Cozumel’s adult dive operators, Bonaire bummers, 8/04
Uepi and Gizo, 8/94

Solomon Islands Sections from Our Travelin' Diver's Chapbooks

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Solomon Islands
Including Uepi and Gizo

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.



Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches.

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Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef
by Neville Coleman.

With 2900 reefs in 220,000 square miles, the enormous Great Barrier Reef has incredible dives -- and some very ordinary ones. If you're contemplating a trip, Neville Coleman's Dive Sites of the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea will help you ensure you pick the best. This 176 page book, with good maps and scores of colorful photos, describes the significant sites, the topography and the critters, then rates and ranks them so you can pick the best. Don't even consider a trip to Australia without consulting this. $24.95



Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.

I was trying to pack light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide, by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it. This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii, it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages. $39.95.



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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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