Solomon Islands – Top 6 Dive Sites

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Solomon Islands – Top 6 Dive Sites

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Tempted by the Solomon Islands? This is why it should be on your bucket-list, if not in your basket.

The Solomon Islands are often referred to as the ‘South Pacific’s best kept secret’. This stunning remote location remains one of the least dived areas in the world.

Host to a plethora of varied dive sites and topography, the Solomon Islands boasts pristine reefs, WWII wrecks alongside caves and overhangs. Uncover a staggering diversity of marine life; it is no wonder that the Solomons is renowned as a diver’s paradise.

Explore our top dive sites below and start your Solomons journey.

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1. Leru Cut

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One of the most famous dives in the Solomon Islands, the canyon of Leru Cut juts around 100m into Leru Island. One of our most dramatic dives, the walls on the canyon rise above the waterline, coupled with the beams of light and theatrical shadows. This chasm creates amazing photography opportunities. Leru Cut takes you on a journey; follow the canyon along its sandy bottom, alongside its coral laden walls into the island. Opening up into the jungle, you can surface at the end of the cut, alongside the abundance of marine life.

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2. Twin Tunnels

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A world-class reef, this dive consists of two big lava tube tunnels of 120m in diameter. Covered in fans and whip corals, this dive is teeming with tropical fish and schools of fusiliers. Dive into the depths of these tubes and explore the point at which they meet. The opening, a reef wall, is home to a myriad of batfish and attracts the large pelagic feeders – kingfish, tuna and sharks. This amazing spectacle leads to the top of the reef, where you are met with a kaleidoscope of coral and reef fish, the colours that await you are breathtaking.

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3. Devils Highway

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Devils Highway is renowned for its population of manta rays. The currents are famously rich with nutrients and in turn have deemed this a manta feeding ground. It is here that you could witness the mantas magical feeding dance over the shallow reef. You might even be lucky enough to witness other large pelagics, such as sharks, which favour this spot.

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4. Mary Island

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This dive site brings a level of excitement, with an underwater volcano nearby, which occasionally will rumble. This Island commonly hosts schools of barracuda, jacks, trevally and sharks. You might even see bumphead parrotfish.

Explore Taste of the Solomons >>>

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5. Mirror Pond

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Dive through shallow caverns and interconnecting canyons among beautiful coral gardens before swimming under a cut to surface inside Mirror pond. Your first glimpse of the pond will leave you looking through crystal-clear waters to the luscious green jungle above. Continue your adventure through the canyons before ending the dive at a pinnacle covered with corals and anthias as well as a huge school of resident black snappers.

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6. White Beach

Wreck diving in the solomons

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This location is great for wreck lovers, boasting an interesting history. Home to a major American supply base during WWII, this mangrove-edged island was ironically given the name ‘White Beach’. When the troops departed from White Beach, they disposed of all remnants of their existence by chucking it into the sea. Everything from trucks, jeeps, tractors, bulldozers and large amounts of ammunition can be found here.

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The full Solomon Islands experience:

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To book your adventure, please contact our travel team on 01752 480808, via email, or via LiveChat when available on our website.

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Photo credit: Adam Beard