Honiara

As the Solomon’s capital, Honiara is a prime tourist and diving destination. Its picturesque seaport, Point Cruz, offers international-style restaurants, colourful markets including a Chinatown and military relics dating back to the Guadalcanal Campaign of World War II. The Savo Sound, just off Honiara, is a dive hotspot and known as the “Iron Bottom Sound” due to its large number of WWII plane, boat and submarine wrecks.

Overview

As the Solomon’s capital, Honiara is a prime tourist and diving destination. Its picturesque seaport, Point Cruz, offers international-style restaurants, colourful markets including a Chinatown and military relics dating back to the Guadalcanal Campaign of World War II. The Savo Sound, just off Honiara, is a dive hotspot and known as the “Iron Bottom Sound” due to its large number of WWII plane, boat and submarine wrecks.

Dive Sites

Bonegi One: This Japanese transport ship (Hirokawa Maru) was attacked by American dive bombers and beached in 1942. This is an excellent (and local favourite) dive site which features swim throughs, torpedo holes to investigate and a profusion of corals and fish life in the shallows to pelagic fish at depth. Access in and out of the wreck is easy and safe.

B-17: This wreck of a B-17 American flying fortress lies on a sandy bottom and is a haven for many fish and garden eels. The plane is missing its tail but the rest of it is basically intact with two twin machine gun turrets – one located just behind the cockpit which is now exposed allowing access. Its 10m-18m depth provides an excellent dive for novice to advanced divers.

Solsea: This dive site features the hull of an island trader scuttled on a patch of reef. Sitting upright and inclined with her bow reaching skyward, the wreck acts as a natural fish aggregating device attracting Spanish mackerel and schooling rainbow runners. Go deeper and coral trout and red emperor lurk the waters. At a depth of 18m-40m this is a must for advanced divers.

Other sites include: Bonegi Two, Ruanui, Serpens, USS John Penn, Tassafaronga Point, Dolphin Reef, Turtle Beach, Azumasan Maru, Sasako Maru.

Best time to Dive

Diving in the Solomon Islands is great all year round with the peak between April-December. Water temperature range between 26-29ºC. Underwater visibility ranges between 15m through to 30m.

Getting there

Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands and is located on the north-western coast of Guadalcanal Island.
Fly into Honiara and we can arrange a taxi/shuttle/boat transfer to the resort.

Accommodation

Honiara provides modern hotel accommodation with friendly staff and rooms to suit all budgets including executive suites, deluxe or self-contained rooms or apartments.

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