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Dive Review of Taka in
Solomon Islands

Taka: "Great diving in the Solomons!", Nov, 2016,

by Colin Zylka, WI, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9240 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We spent a few days in Brisbane both before and after diving with the folks on Taka to combat the jet lag. After arriving in Honiara, we were met by one of the boat's transfer reps who took us to the Point Cruz Yacht Club to await transfer to the boat. Be sure to have some Solomons Dollars to buy a drink...there is a currency exchange right at the Honiara airport when you exit. The transfer to the boat is done by tender as the vessel moors offshore. Upon embarking on the boat, we were immediately greeted by the Captain and other staff and were made to feel right at home. This is a newer vessel running in the Solomons, and is built very sturdily. HUGE salon area, with lots of space to spread out between dives. We had time to stow our stuff in our cabins, set up our gear and take in a beautifully prepared dinner. Big dive deck, and the best part is it has five combination shower, toilet stalls, so there is never a wait to rinse off or use the facilities after or before a dive. Large stern swim platform made main vessel entries easy. Crew goes out of their way to make sure you are assisted into and out of the water safely, and are always ready to lend a hand with anything. Each diver is required to have a safety tube, audible signal device and all divers are issued a Lifeline radio, just in case. Reef hooks are sometimes needed, and a limited number could be provided, but we all had our own from previous trips. Woodcarving village was a big hit...lots to see and buy! Dive sites ranged from muck site for small critter to absolutely beautiful walls and reefs to WWII wrecks. There is something here for everyone.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Bahamas, Curacao, Fiji, Truk, Palau, Yap, Philippines, California, Florida, Great Lakes, Cozumel, Indonesia, Solomons
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There Travel to Honiara either thru Fiji or thru Brisbane

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-100 Ft/ 6-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were limited to 60 minutes, which was plenty of time, considering some dives are deeper, but well worth the shortened bottom time.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dive and boat staff handle both compact as well as large DSLR rig with the utmost care. Very careful when loading and unloading camera on and off the tenders.
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