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Dive Review of SIDE in
Solomon Islands

SIDE: "Solomon Islands still pristine", Sep, 2017,

by ANA MARTIN, WA, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9816 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving So many places
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There Thru LAX, then Fiji or thru LAX to Brisbane then to Honiara.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Preferably no more than 60 minutes...but rebreathers had more flexibility
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera table was a little small but then again thee were only 9 divers and 4 photographers. ... 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 5 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 The Solomon Islands, due to the small number of annual divers, still has some of the most pristine reefs I have seen in the last 15+ years. It's sort of how the Caribbean was in the 70's. Not many pelagics and we only saw dolphins while motoring between dive sites or between islands, but the variety of fish & the numbers in the schools of fish made up for that. Everything you can imagine! Clowns, nudis, schools of humphead parrots, jacks, lobster, crabs, eels, amazing schools of so many Pacific tropicals...& the corals! In the first 5 minutes of one dive, I counted 14 different kinds of corals...& in abunda ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By peter bernstein in FL, US at Sep 29, 2017 18:34 EST  
Good report Ana !!
By peter bernstein in FL, US at Sep 29, 2017 18:34 EST  
Good report Ana !!
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