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Dive Review of Master/Taka in
Solomon Islands/Guadalcanal, FL Is, Russel Is

Master/Taka: "Master liveaboard = Taka", Jul, 2018,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10380 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Solomon Islands trip July 7-17, 2018

When I arrived at Nadi airport for my flight to Honiara, I was told all seats were sold out and a group of us would have to either go late or fly to Brisbane then arrive the next day. I calmly explained that if I wasn’t on this flight, I would miss getting on a boat for a 10-day trip so the trip would be for naught. Fortunately a business class seat was found a half-hour prior to departure and I made the planned pickup and meeting in Honiara. Our group met at a café on the waterfront and was ferried to the Taka, our boat for the “Best of Solomons” 10-day trip.

The boat wasn’t full so I was given my own room down below, where the 2-bunk-bed room had no ensuite toilet/sink but adequate shelf space for a single. There were 5 bathroom/showers on the main/dive deck so any midnight run required a walk upstairs and out to the dive deck. On the dive deck, which adjoined the dining room and lounge, each was given a station and numbered tank plus a gear box, which remained for the week. Those using Nitrox had marked tanks. The camera table was small compared to other boats I’ve been on and had no power outlets – charging was done in the dining room. In the dining area, breakfast was made to order but lunch and dinner were usually buffet style, with an occasional served meal. Food was plentiful and generally excellent, all non-carbonated or non-alcoholic drinks were free, and an honor system kept track of those for purchase – beer, sodas, wine, etc. Having alcohol meant no more diving that day. Only the first two chicken meals and first ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Master   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, BVI, lesser Antilles, Bonaire, all three Caymans , Coco Island,
Revillagigedos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines,
Micronesia, Red Sea
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There PHL-LAX-NAN-HRA. Read my report for news of close call.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-100 Ft/ 5-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limited when using Nitrox. Try to keep with group. Many dives exceeded 1 hr as we didn't go deep.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The camera table was small compared to other boats I’ve been on and had no power outlets – charging was done in the dining room. Our photographers filled the table an ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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