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Dive Review of Dive Gizo/Imagination Island in
Solomon Islands/Gizo

Dive Gizo/Imagination Island: "Dive Gizo in the Solomon Islands", Oct, 2023,

by Emmette Murkett, AL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 12651.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments Number one on my bucket list was a trip to the Solomon Islands, which was postponed twice because of COVID. It started with a World War 2 history tour on the MV Bilikiki (see the article in the October 2023 edition of Undercurrent). This was not a dive trip, but a much different visit to various battle sites, traveling "the Slot" and over "Iron Bottom Sound", going as far as Plum Pudding Island, now known locally as "Kennedy Island", where JFK ended up after his PT Boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Compared to the rest of the Solomons, the Biliki was clean, well run, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Dive Gizo   Imagination Island

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Cozumel, Xcalak, Banco Chinchorro, Bimini, Southern Bahamas, Red Sea, Gulf of Mexico, US rivers and springs, Florida Keys, Belize, Culebra, Roatan, Cuba, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport Honiara (Henderson Field) Getting There Take a long flight from LAX to Nadi, Fiji (pronounced Nandi) then to Honiara on Guadalcanal. To get to Gizo, take a Solomon Airlines Twin Otter from Honiara to Gizo via Munda, where they still fuel the planes from 55 gallon drums by hand, despite the new international terminal and runway.

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 83-89°F / 28-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 25-100 Ft/ 8-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the guide, who sometimes went over 35 meters (115')
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The guides will hand you your camera after you enter the water and take it from you before you climb aboard. Imagination Island ha ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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