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About scuba diving in Solomon Islands

Scattered in wide Oceania spaces Solomon Islands create a paradise-looking nook, sheltering everyone who is in search of something new and never seen before. Unimaginable harmony of mountainous areas, mysterious rainforests and clear cobalt blue waters create a charming place to relax in. Tourists will not find 5-star resorts and white-sand beaches here. However, they will be captured by local lagoons and harbours, the exotic nature of small islets and the magnificent greatness of waterfalls. Solomon Archipelago includes 6 large islands and their smaller chains. It is a sovereign country, which hosts a unique blend of cultures, interesting for every traveler. One should start exploring the country from its capital – Honiara. Every trip starts with the arrival at Honiara International Airport, known as Henderson Field. Then one can explore National Museum with the Second World War heritage, Botanical Gardens and Parliament. Mataniko Falls located not far from Honiara, Kolombangara volcano, Tetepare Island, Lilisiana village, Tengano Lake – the list of “must-visit” places might be endless. Underwater world is rich as well and create incredible scuba-diving conditions. Marine life offers an array of diving opportunities, including the examination of numerous World War II wrecks concentrated in the Pacific around the islands. Unspoilt lagoons with numerous spur and grove formations, tunnels and crop-offs with gradually descending corals, striking caves which look like chambers and vertical shafts provide excellent diving. Divers have incredible opportunities to watch multiple marine species in numerous rock crevices and clefts. Depth range is 10-30m/32-98ft. Currents are mild – 1-2 knots. Most of the dive sites are accessible by boat and suitable for divers of all levels. Scuba-diving in Solomon Islands is presented by the following most popular dive sites: Bonegi, Searpens, Manta Passage, USS Kanawha, USS Aaron Ward, Shark Point, Susu Hite, Toana, Kavolavata Treasure and Picnic.

When to go to Solomon Islands

Being located in Oceania, Solomon Islands have a humid equatorial climate during the whole year. Seasons are not clearly distinctive and the average air temperature is 26-28C/78-82F, water temperature is approximately 27С/80F. However, the heaviest rainfalls occur from November to April. The best time for visiting the country is from May to October. Visibility is around 40-70m/131-229ft. Bright reefs are really teeming with life – one can encounter jacks, barracudas, dolphins, rays, sharks and turtles while diving around Solomon Islands. There are migratory ways of more than 1000 fish species.

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