Numerous historic wrecks from WWII and pristine coral reefs can be dived in the Solomon Islands
Overview of diving in the Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands are home to some of the most undisturbed and uncrowded dive sites in the world. When thinking of diving in the Solomon Islands the first thing that comes to mind is wrecks, and lots of them. The waters here were a major battle grounds during WWII between the Americans and Japanese. To the north of the island Guadalcanal is a body of water is known as Iron Bottom Sound due to number of ships and planes sunk here.
Flying into the capital of Honiara on Guadalcanal island, there is enough diving here and on the nearby Tulagi island to keep you busy. There are numerous wrecks located just off the north coast of Guadalcanal. Meanwhile Tulgai has some terrific dive sites such as the Twin Tunnel Lava Tubes.
Other diver may join liveaboards from the port of Honiara, or fly on to remote islands such as Munda, and South Marovo Lagoon. These islands offer vibrant reefs, dramatic walls, muck diving and some dive sites where large pelagic species can be spotted. There is no doubt that diving the Solomon Islands should be on every divers bucket list.
Best dive sites in the Solomon Islands
WWII wrecks on Guadalcanal
Guadalcanal has numerous WWII wrecks, some located just meters from the shore. This makes for great shore diving. There are several deeper wrecks that can be dived by technical divers.
Twin Tunnels, Tulagi
Two extinct Lava Tubes run through a seamount and open up into the blue, where reef sharks cruise by. The top of the seamount is covered in a superb coral garden.
Leru Cut, Leru Island
An underwater canyon that snakes 100m into Leru Island. Fantastic photo opportunities are available. The dive ends by emerging into a pool surrounded by jungle.
Devils Highway, Mangalonga Island
The resident population of manta rays provide quite the show. Hook onto the reef and watch the action unfold.
White Beach, Mbanika Island
This old American military base from WWII has left behind a collection of underwater vehicles including trucks and forklifts. Among the wreckage you can find nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, pipefish and even mandarinfish
Dive reports from the Solomon Islands
Dive site reports and useful information from our scuba diving and freediving trip to the Solomon Islands.
Tulagi was once used as a busy navy port in WWII. There are numerous wrecks around the island, while the twin tunnel dive site is simply a dive that shouldn’t be missed.
Guadalcanal has some amazing WWII wrecks located just meters from the beach, including several cargo ships, a submarine and a B17 bomber.
How to get to the Solomon Islands
The island of Guadalcanal has the Solomon Islands only international airport. International flights from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji to the Solomon Islands several times a week.
Capital City International Airport Honiara International Airport (HIR)
Best time to dive the Solomon Islands
It is possible to dive the Solomon Islands all year round. That being said, the rainy season runs from November to April which can result in reduced visibility. Water temperature can vary between 28ºC and 30ºC.
Water Temperature 28° to 30°C
Visibility 10m to 40m+
Useful information when travelling to the Solomon Islands
Time Zone UTC + 11 hours
Currency Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)
Electricity 230 V
Plug Socket G, I
Calling Code +677
Our dive trip to the Solomon Islands
We visited the Solomon Islands in 2017 for nine days. Originally we wanted to visit for two weeks and visit some of the more remote islands, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time.
The main purpose of our the trip was to freedive the wrecks located on the north coast of Guadalcanal. This included three Imperial Japanese Navy cargo ships, a Japanese submarine and an American B17 Bomber. These wrecks are literally on the beach in some cases, and the seabed drops off quite quickly, making them perfect for freediving.
We also managed to do a day trip to Tulagi to dive the twin tunnels dive sites. This was one of the coolest dive sites we have ever been to. Two extinct lava tubes through a seamount that rises up from the seafloor. When you emerge, reef sharks can be seen crusing by in the blue, an amazing experience.