The Solomon Islands is an archipelago located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands and islets. The country is known for its stunning natural beauty, with lush rainforests, pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life. The country has a rich cultural heritage, with many traditional practices and customs still observed today.
The Solomon Islands remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a truly immersive and off-the-beaten-path travel experience. Additionally, the Solomon Islands has a rich underwater world that offers some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in the world.
Overall, the Solomon Islands is a must-visit destination for those seeking adventure, culture and natural beauty.
What To Expect
The Solomon Islands offers world-class scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities, with some of the healthiest and most diverse coral reefs in the world. Divers can explore underwater wrecks from World War II, swim with sharks and discover rare and colorful marine life. There is something for everyone here when it comes to diving with the pristine reefs, steep walls, caverns, World War II wrecks and abundance of marine life.
Keep ypour eye out for:
- Manta rays
- Nurse sharks
- Mantis shrimp
Recommended Specialty Courses
- Deep diving
- Wreck diving
- Photo & video
- Shark ecology
The Solomon Islands is home to a large amount of marine protected areas that are home to the abundance of marine life found around the islands. One specific effort, the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, aims to help protect the local dugong populations and the seagrass beds. There is little research on dugongs, and seagrass beds are an extremely important marine habitat.
The Solomon Islands share a diverse history and cultural background. They are home to over 70 different indigenous languages, and each community has its own distinct customs, beliefs and practices. The islands have incorporated modern technology while remaining deeply rooted in traditional practices. The untouched natural beauty, diverse and authentic culture and fascinating history have all left a mark on the islands’ traditions and way of life.
Mary Island Dive Site
Mary Island is an uninhabited island surrounded by colorful corals and an abundance of fish. Dive these waters to find schools of fish, sharks, turtles, barracuda and bumphead parrotfish. The visibility is excellent, and the current help makes for an easy drift dive.
Florida Islands Dive Site
The Florida Islands are home to some of the Solomon Islands’ best dive sites. These sites include the Twin Tunnels, which are two tunnels that drop vertically straight down and Devil’s Highway, which is one of the best places to swim with manta rays in the Solomon Islands. Divers can also explore the Japanese Mavis Seaplane, a Japanese seaplane that sank during WWII.
Marovo Lagoon Dive Site
Divers can head to Marovo Lagoon to find a variety of dive sites. Kicha is known for its beautiful, abundant corals and fish. Mbulo Caves offer a series of interconnecting caves and swim-throughs and Wickham Island has something for everyone, including sharks, snake eels, seahorses, cuttlefish and crocodile fish.
What prior travelers say
“If anyone is into diving or thinking about getting into diving, Diventures is the absolute best! They make learning and travel so enjoyable! Can’t wait for my next trip with Diventures!”
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommen purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
Adapters are required. If you’re visiting from the States, you will need an adapter for your cell phone and/or computer.
The currency in the Solomon Islands is the Solomon Isalnds Dollar (SBD). Visitors should exchange their money to the Solomon Islands Dollar, however credit cards are accepted at resorts.
Air temperature usually varies between 72º-88ºF. Water temperature is around 83.1º – 86.4ºF.
Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
The official language of the Solomon Islands is English.
The dress code in the Solomon Islands is very modest. Women should wear shorts or skirts that go to at least the knee, and should wear loose-fitting shirts.
Tap water in the Solomon Islands is not safe to drink.
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