An archipelago of about 990 islands scattered between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and surrounding waters are still a little known pristine paradise. They are particularly special for their remarkable biodiversity, containing thousands of different plant and animal species, especially the marine life.
The Solomon’s underwater environment provides spawning grounds and migratory routes for over 1000 reef fish species, dolphins, rays, sharks, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles, to name a few. Almost 500 species of hard and soft corals have been found in this archipelago and all at a comfortable 27-29 degrees.
These busy reefs are home to schooling barracuda, sharks, octopus, schooling lion fish, anemones and nudibranchs. The sites vary from WWII wrecks to fringing reefs to drop offs to cavern, all teaming with colourful fish and coral life.
The Solomon’s have one of the highest concentrations of WWII wrecks in the Pacific. Aircraft, ships and submarines litter the sea floor and now serve as artificial reefs attracting corals and fish life as well as fascinating records of world history. The waters just off Honiara are named Iron Bottom Sound with good reason so you don’t have to go far from the capital to experience some very memorable wreck diving.
Some wrecks are shallow enough to be snorkelled, others are perfectly placed for recreational diving, some are great for tech diving, and some too deep to dive at all.
The Solomon Islands are good to dive year round, however the drier months are generally the most comfortable when rainfall, temperature and humidity are at their lowest. The dry season is usually from May to October.
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