Solomons PNG Master (Taka) Liveaboard

Solomons PNG Master (Taka) Liveaboard

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Solomons PNG Master (formerly known as Taka) is a custom built boat that offers amazing diving on the Solomon Islands. Located in the southeast of Papua New Guinea this destination known as a peaceful place in the Pacific. It’s also known for unspoiled coral reefs and variety of fish species from large whale sharks to tiny pygmy seahorses. 

Boat interior and exterior

Solomons PNG Master can welcome 20 persons in 12 different cabins with four different room classes. On the upper deck, there are both Deluxe and Premium staterooms all with en-suite bathrooms. On the lower deck, there are standard twin bed and double bed cabins. These staterooms have air conditioning and a shared bathroom. In between or after dives, passengers of Solomon PNG Master can take advantage of the large salon, chat on cozy sofas with other guests or watch a movie. Next to the salon is a huge dining area with gourmet meals. Outside, enjoy the upper sun deck and enjoy the perfect view or find some shade and read a book on the shaded part.


Solomons PNG Master’s dive deck is large and each guest has plenty of room for preparation for the dive. There are lots of storage boxes for the diving gear along with special storage for cameras. There is also a fresh hot water shower for rinsing after dives. Safety and navigation Your safety is always important. Solomon PNG Master is equipped with 2 life rafts, first aid, oxygen, life jackets and fire detectors along with a number of other safety features.

Diving features

All of the itineraries include diving on the most recognized and desirable destinations of the Solomon Islands including the Florida and Russell Islands. Anything you want to see while diving can be found here. All kinds of marine species from large whale sharks and hammerheads to unicorn fish and barracudas to tiny crabs and pygmy seahorses. But the main feature of Solomons wrecks. Being an American base during the WWII Solomon Islands are now represented by a number of wrecks. The most recognized destinations for diving at Solomons are Florida Islands and Russel Island. Solomons PNG Master’s itineraries also include New Britain dives sites such as Rabaul, Munda, and Lamassa.

When to Go 

Diving on the Solomon Islands is possible through the year. During the months of January and February, conditions can be more complicated due to higher rainfall. High season is from May to November.

Solomons PNG Master is perfect for those divers who are looking for a new, untouched, pristine destination with marvelous coral reefs and wrecks. This boat can offer amazing adventures even to the most experienced divers

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Standard Bunk Bed Cabin

Standard Bunk Bed Cabin

Lower Deck
Twin Beds (Bunk-Style)
Max occupancy
2 Guests
Number of Cabins
4 Cabins
Cabin 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B may be booked on a single basis. Each cabin has two twin bunks - one for sleeping and one for storage. Five bathrooms, located on main deck, are equipped with toilet, sink and shower are shared
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Standard Twin Cabin

Standard Twin Cabin

Lower Deck
Twin Beds
Max occupancy
2 Guests
Number of Cabins
2 Cabins
Cabin 8, 11 has two large cabins are available on a twin share basis. These cabins have four bunks each - two for sleeping and two for storage. These cabins are perfect for traveling dive buddies or photographers with plenty of equipment. Five bathrooms, located on the main deck and each equipped with toilet, sink, and shower are shared
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Classic Cabin

Classic Cabin

Upper Deck
Double Bed + Twin Bed (Bunk-Style)
Max occupancy
2 Guests
Ensuite Bathroom
Ensuite Bathroom
Number of Cabins
5 Cabins
Cabins 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, feature a double bed with a twin bunk above (note: Cabin 1 is fitted with two twin bunks only) and are suited towards a couple or buddy team. Each cabin has a small seating area, ample storage, and a full ensuite bathroom
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Premium Cabin

Premium Cabin

Upper Deck
Double Bed
Max occupancy
2 Guests
Ensuite Bathroom
Ensuite Bathroom
Number of Cabins
1 Cabin
Largest cabin, has a double bed, private sitting area, lots of storage and a full ensuite
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Boat specification

  • Fleet nameMaster Liveaboards
  • Year built2004
  • Length30
  • Width8
  • Capacity20
  • MaterialSteel
  • LanguagesEnglish
  • Handicapped FriendlyNo
  • Number of cabins12
  • Engines1800 HP MTU 2000 v12
  • Generator2 x 150 KW Cummins
  • Compressors2 x Bauer
  • Tenders2 x 25 HP Yamaha 5m
  • Power plugs onboardElectricity - 240V 24 hours per day
  • On-board payment methodsCash
  • Water capacity30000
  • Fuel capacity20000


12 members

Onboard Facilities

  • Laundry Service
  • Massage
  • Onboard Kayaks
  • Audio & Video Entertainment
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Sun Loungers
  • Open Air Saloon
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Bar
  • Child Friendly
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • SPA
  • Land Excursions
  • Fishing

Cabin Facilities

  • TV in Cabins
  • Air Conditioning
  • En-Suite Cabins
  • Wall Fan
  • Lockable Storage
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries

Food & drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Buffet Style
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Spirits
  • A La Carte
  • Hot & Soft Drinks and Cold
  • Snacks All Day

Photography Facilities

  • Camera & Photography Station
  • Separate Rinsing Tanks for U/W Camera
  • Camera Table
  • Special Storage for U/W Camera
  • Charging Stations

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Diving and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS Tracking
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Rafts
  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Sounder
  • Satellite Phone
  • Bilge Pump Alarm
  • Searchlight
  • EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon)
  • Emergency Flares
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Life Rings

Diving Facilities

  • Warm Water Showers
  • Rebreather Support
  • Compressors
  • Rinse Hosts
  • Tenders for Diving
  • Tech Diving
  • Dive Deck
  • DIN Adaptors
  • Personal Storage Space

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Amazing tripVerified review

I couldn't have wished for a better way to discover the Solomon Islands than aboard the Solomon Master / Taka - the dives were exceptional, the landscape is what one can imagine paradise to look like, and the crew made this trip perfect. From day 1, we were welcome and taken care of by an amazing team of chefs, mates, engineers, dive guides, hostesses, captain and cruise director. Lots of fun, lots of amazing food, lots of space aboard the ship. I will definitely recommend and hope to be back soon. Thank you Taka team.
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This boat rocksVerified review

Such a cool 10 day trip through the Solomon islands with a professional outfit that know what they are doing. Great boat, well equipped, professional guides that know what they are doing and fantastic food all day every day too. 5 stars plus for this effort from me.
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