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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
01/10/2019 - 08/10/2019
7 nights, 8 days
The Solomon Islands - WWII Wreck Discovery
The yacht offers up to four dives per day including night dives. All dives are guided or with your own buddy. You can choose your own buddy on board or one will be allocated to you by the dive crew. Diving will be from the tender, Dive computers & Surface Marker Buoy's (SMB) are both mandatory. 12L (80 cubic ft.)tanks, SMB's, weight belts & weights are provided. Rental equipment is available onboard at an extra cost. All diving onboard should be within the limits and standards of the training agency that certified you. All dives should be planned no-decompression dives.
Water temperature will be in the comfortable 28C - 30C (82F to 85F) range all year round. Even so, you may feel chilly after multiple dives per day, so bring suitable thermal protection. A 3mm or 5mm full wetsuit is recommended. Visibility is usually 25-40m (75-125ft) but can be less sometimes due to the influx of nutrient rich waters. Please note: NO wetsuits available for rent.
Advanced Open Water & higher