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Dive Review of Uepi in
Solomon Islands

Uepi, Mar, 2006,

by Mark and Gini May, UT, USA . Report 3136.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Fiji, Palau, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]The Solomons are rarely visited by Americans but a lot of Aussies and Kiwis visit as it is close. This was by far the best diving we have done in 22 years since certification. Admittedly the Solomon Islands have little tourist infrastructure so don't go expecting plush accomadations. We stayed a week at the Gizo Hotel on the island of Gizo and a week at Uepi resort on Morovo lagoon. The Gizo Hotel is very basic and makes a Motel 6 look lux. Uepi Island Resort was nice but again not as fancy as one would expect on Fiji or in Hawaii. The Solomon Islanders are great though, they don't see many Americans so are very friendly and interested in us. The diving is fantastic, with over 900 islands dive sites are everywhere. At Gizo we took off in the morning and had a dive, went to an uninhabited island for lunch and swimming, then went for our afternoon dive. One lunch was on Kennedy Island where JFK and crew swam after their PT boat was cut in two. WWII history is everywhere and we did our first wreck dives there on ships and a P-38 and a Hellcat. Would we go back? We are this March as well as going to PNG
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