Diverse but blissfully uncrowded, the Solomon Islands offer a wide range of tropical dive environments. These include caverns, reefs, wrecks, large sea fans, steep walls, soft corals and muck.
The marine biodiversity is stunning and the WWII history found in the wrecks leaves divers to wonder about years gone by. Furthermore, the reefs are healthy. All of these factors combined create a dive destination that is out of this world.
While most of the reefs begin just off shore, the wrecks might require a bit of a swim or a boat ride. Some of the wrecks can be quite deep, reaching 65 m+. There is something for every level of diver in this South Pacific nation.
Diving is available year-round in the Solomon Islands. However, monsoon season does occur from January until April and brings a greater chance of rain and windy days - which can be quite beautiful. June through August is slightly cooler than the rest of the year, although temperatures remain fairly warm and humid.
Water temperatures make for comfortable diving, ranging from 81 to 88°F (27 to 31°C). Most diving can be accessed by both liveaboard and dive resort. A combination of both would give you the greatest chance for the best dives. But whenever you dive in the Solomon Islands, you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience.
If you wish to go to the Solomon Islands, you will most likely need to fly from Brisbane in Australia, Port Vila in Vanuatu or Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. The Honiara International Airport into which this flights arrive is 8km east of Honiara.
It is also possible to hire a motorized canoe for a crossing between Bougainville in Papua New Guinea and Gizo in the Western Province. Moving between the islands can be accomplished by air or sea.