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Dive Review of SIDE in
Solomon Islands

SIDE: "Solomon Islands on SIDE Liveaboard", Aug, 2015,

by BRUCE VERSTEEGH, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8820.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (North Sulawesi, Komodo, Raja Ampat), Fiji, Philippines, Cozumel, Bonaire, Grand Turk, Cayman, Flower Gardens, Fl Keys
Closest Airport Honaira Getting There through Brisbane Australia or Nadi Fiji. One of guests bags were lost in Nadi - took a week to catch up with the boat

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions strictly enforced dive times - 60 minutes max. Did some very deep wreck dives 145 feet max depth
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Overall disappointed with photographic opportunities on the trip. Enjoyed some wreck diving - but depth limited available light so difficult to get nice wide angle shots. Mirror Pond was one of my all time favorite dives - it ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 4 stars
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Comments We had a mixed experience on the Solomon Star. We had a great group (Americans, Aussies, Brazilians) - 10 divers total. The boat shows her age - and would be crowded if all 16 passengers were on the charter (SIDE recently put a new boat in service - may fix some issues). Camera workspace is limited as well - and dedicated camera rinse tanks were not provided ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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