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Honiara

ABOVE THE WATER

Honiara is the capital city of the Solomon Islands and the gateway for all diving destinations. Located on the island of Guadalcanal, Honiara was only established after the Second World War as a replacement for the previous capital, Tulagi.

If you’re interested in WW2 history, tours are available to many different sites. If you’d prefer to enjoy the natural surroundings, you can go down the coast a short distance to find great beaches.

You’ll notice a large number of Australians in Honiara, many of whom are part of RAMSI, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. After a period of civil unrest Australia sent troops in 2003 to protect the region. The local police force is now competent and capable, and personal risk is now no greater than travelling to other South Pacific regions.

BELOW THE WATER

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The Guadalcanal Campaign was the first major attack by the Allied forces on the Japanese during WW2, and resulted in a win for the Allies but not before 60+ ships had been sunk in Savo Sound. This area is now known locally as “Iron Bottom Sound” in reference to the metal shipwrecks.

Recreational diving is excellent at the Florida Islands and Marovo Lagoon with world-class sites such as Twin Tunnels, where two tubes run down the coral platform to a cavern with pelagic animals waiting for the baitfish.

Shore diving in Honiara is also very good, with the Bonegi I and II wrecks lying just off the beach. These are great wrecks and perfect for a relaxed diving day. See below for a little more information!

Hirokawa Maru (Bonegi 1)

After being deliberately beached post attack in order to empty supplies from the ship, The Hirokawa Maru, fortunately for us divers, is very close to shore which makes for very easy access. She lies in 3-56 meters of water and at the deepest points the ship is still intact with some easy penetrations. The shallow areas form a magnificent coral garden making safety stops interesting.

I-1 Submarine

The I-1 submarine was attacked and driven to the surface where she was rammed, damaging her conning tower and pressure hull, then being forced onto a nearby reef. There is a lot of history behind this particular submarine as after the crew failed to successfully destroy her, US intelligence were able to retrieve code books that helped them to complete broken codes and capture Admiral Yamamoto. A good dive today, and still easily defined, she lies in 3-38 meters and can be dived from shore (200m away).

Accommodation in Honiara

Heritage Park Hotel

Heritage Park Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: No
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Great Location
  • Diving Highlight:-
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Solomon-Kitano-Mendana-Hotel

Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Fantastic Views
  • Diving Highlight: The Incredible ‘Iron Bottom Sound’ At Your Doorstep
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King Solomon Hotel

King Solomon Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Nightly Entertainment
  • Diving Highlight: Have The Option Of Diving Both Honiara & Tulagi
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Pacific-Casino-Hotel

Pacific Casino Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: On-Site Casino, Grill Bar & Nightclub
  • Diving Highlight: Incredible Wreck Diving
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Coral-Sea-Resort-&-Casino

Coral Sea Resort & Casino

Please note that the Coral Sea Resort accommodation will be opening in the second half of 2016!

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Resort Highlight: Plenty Of Bars & Restaurants To Choose From WIthin The Resort
  • Diving Highlight: –
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Dive Operators In Tulagi

Tulagi-Dive

Tulagi Dive

  • Type: Dive Shop
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: No
  • Training Pool: No
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Equipment For Sale: No
  • Dive Shop Highlight: Dive Guides Have Incredible Knowledge!
  • Diving Highlight: Rust Lovers Galore
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