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Dive Review of Tulagi Dive/Heritage Park Hotel in
Solomon Islands

Tulagi Dive/Heritage Park Hotel: "Fun shore diving in a rustic setting", Oct, 2016,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 9148.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We dove 1 day with Tulagi divers (a quick stop while waiting for the Bilikiki) in September, 2016.

Because their boat was being repaired, we did shore dives, piling into the (uncovered) back of a big truck and driving an hour along the bumpy road to reach some famous WWII wreck sites. (A staff member stayed with the truck while we were in the water to guard equipment.)

Despite the rough ride, entry was very simple, as both sites had been maintained by the residents with benches and stairways (and even fresh shower at one spot) making it easy to get in and out of the water. You set your own equipment up, although the staff was happy to help divers who wanted some muscle to move things around.

Our group was 7 divers, so Tulagi put two divemasters into the water with us.

Our first dive was to a Japanese submarine (max depth 94 ft, average 44, 56 min) and our second to a US fighter plane (max depth 64 ft, average 40, 65 min).

Since we were only diving one day, we didn't get a very good feel for the operation. As with many dive shops, there is what seems like an excessive amount of standing-around-and-putting-things-together before you get on the road. We actually had a shorter delay than average, as most of our party had done all the setup the day before. They were small, but competent and things went very smoothly especially given the environment.
Websites Tulagi Dive   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport HONIARA Getting There Daily flights from Australia and Fiji---not the easiest destination for US divers

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Since these were wreck dives from shore entry, we all entered together and left together. Divers who ran short of air surfaced during the swim-back
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Wreck dives like this are a paradise for both macro and wide-angle photographers. Since we were diving from a truck, there were not really any facilities, but boat diving would have been different.
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