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The Solomon Islands

M/V Solomons (PNG) Master

SOLSPM
Pelagic Fish Remote/ "Off the beaten track" Wrecks

ABOUT THIS LIVEABOARD

WWII Wrecks - The Solomon Islands is THE destination for the real diving fan, completely off the beaten track & with this itinerary, you will dive on WWII wrecks of ships, planes & machinery.

This seven-night, eight-day itinerary aboard the MV Solomon PNG Master will begin & finish in Honiara, visiting numerous WWII Wrecks.

Visit such wrecks as the American Catalina aeroplane which went down in 1943, apparently after hitting a small boat on the surface in the bay. She sits on the bottom at about 34m the right way up, as if someone had just (badly) parked her there. See both allied ships & Japanese ships, like the three Japanese ships, located close to Honiara shore. Each wreck is named after the beach she ended upon. Hirokawa Maru (Bonegi I) is a 156m (468ft) cargo vessel turned into a seaplane tender. Kinugawa Maru (Bonegi II) is a cargo ship, and Kyusyu Maru (Bonegi Ill) is an attack transport vessel.

Some of the most pristine dive sites in the world are found here, filled with innumerable unspoiled hard & soft corals because of the remote location and the limited number of divers. So not only will you see wrecks but indulge yourself in diving with various kinds of sharks, & huge shoals of fish, right down to the macro wonders such as pygmy sea horses, nudibranchs and ghost pipefish.

With so many wrecks & marine life, each dive will be a new wondrous experience!

 

BOAT FEATURES

Boat Specifications
  • Beam: 8m (24ft)
  • Cruising speed 11 Knots
  • Length: 30 meters (90ft)
Boat Fixtures
  • Full-service galley, freezer, & refrigerator storage
  • 3x 150kw generators
  • Two engines (MTU)
Other Features
  • Freshwater dispenser
  • Freshwater showers on the dive deck + deck towel
  • Five main deckheads (toilets)
Dive Facilities
  • Nitrox available (at a cost)
  • Two tender dinghies with outboard motors for scuba diving.
  • Three Bauer M15, SCUBA air compressors
  • Weights, weight belts, 12L (80Ft) aluminium tanks with standard yoke valves included (some DIN available please request on booking).
  • Personal Item Storage on dive deck
  • Two separate rinse tanks, one for cameras & one for your equipment.
  • Scuba diving equipment - Aqualung / Scubapro - BCD, regulators, mask, fins, snorkel, underwater torches, & computers for hire. Surface Marker Bouy, included, at no charge. (NO wetsuits).
  • Camera charging station - 220V 50 cycle, Australia style, 3-prong outlets (recommend you bring your own adapter).
Boat Amenties
  • Roomy, air-conditioned saloon
  • Sundeck (un-shaded) - Top deck
  • Indoor Lounge
  • Indoor dining area
  • Cushioned loungers
  • Outdoor Shaded Area - Upper Deck
  • Outdoor Dining area

BOAT SAFETY

  • Complete First Aid Kit & medical supplies
  • Emergency Oxygen System with 100% demand regulator
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Fire & Smoke Detection Systems
  • Fire extinguishers & Fire Fighting Equipment
  • EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
  • Life rafts & life rings
  • Life jackets for all passengers & crew
  • Full Complement of Safety & Rescue Equipment
  • Emergency flares
  • Radar
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Depth sounders
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Multiple VHF radios
  • Satellite Phone (where necessary)
  • CB Radios

BOAT INCLUSIONS

General Inclusions

Several land excursions are available, this will depend on location & itinerary.

Accommodation based on two people sharing (twin or double cabin) or single use (at surcharge).

Local tax (on booking cost only)

All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks

Dive equipment - Surface Marker Bouy, 12L aluminium dive tank (yoke valves), weights & weight belt - all other equipment is available for hire (except wetsuits).

Transfers to & from the airport to the departure marina, on the day of embarkation or disembarkation only.

Air-conditioned cabin with en-suite, towels, & linen.

Our Exclusive Inclusions
Type of Meals

All Master Fleet yachts provide their guests with a choice of international & local cuisine served in a buffet-style in the air-conditioned dining area. The vessel can cater to special dietary requirements (within reason), please inform on booking about your requirements, well in advance. Also, a selection of fresh fruit and some tasty treats are readily available, should you feel peckish in-between meal times.

Drinks

A range of carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, black, green and herbal teas are available at all times, as well as instant and freshly brewed coffee. Guests may also select beer, wine or spirits from the bar for an additional fee.

BOAT EXCLUSIONS

General Exclusions

No Visas (responsibility of traveller)

No International or domestic flights are included

Travel & Diving Insurance is for the traveller to organize before travel - Your diving insurance is mandatory & must cover all of your scuba diving & snorkelling activities, including the costs for recompression chamber treatment & emergency air evacuation,(must be shown on board).

PADI medical statement will need to be signed, any "yes" answers will need a medical certificate - any medical costs associated are to be covered by the traveller & should be done in your home country as there will not be a local dive doctor available + Master Liability release & express assumption of risk agreement, to be signed.

All rental diving equipment is for hire, no inclusions - BCD, regulator with Occy & pressure gauge, mask, fins, snorkel, dive computer, underwater torch - pre-book possible when booking, payment on board. All Aqualung products - make and model will vary. NO Wetsuits available.

Any Extra Services which may include but not limited to: onboard calls, laundry, special services

Any Optional Activities which may include but not limited to: Dive Courses.

All alcohol is not included - local beer, wine, spirits & cocktails all at extra cost.

Marine Port & Park fees are paid directly on board (Called "Kastom Fees" which go to the local communities that are visited).

Rates & local taxes subject to change.

Satellite Internet/ Wifi is not available. (Please be aware that this area is remote & mobile roaming will be very limited).

Taxes and Surcharges

Marine Park & Port Fees - USD - 7 Nights itinerary's $175, 10 nights $250, per person, payable onboard. (Called "Kastom Fees" which go to the local communities that are visited).

All payment for extra services or optional activities is preferred in cash (USD, SBD, AUD), however, if by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) it will incur a 3% surcharge.

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