Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea


Solomon Islands

Located on the western fringe of the Pacific, the Solomon Islands border Papua New Guinea to the west and Vanuatu to the south. This stunning archipelago comprises of 992 islands, of which 147 are inhabited, that remain relatively untouched by the influences of the modern world. These richly forested, mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls have been attracting tourists from across the globe since 1568 when Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana first sailed into this tucked away corner of the South Pacific. With island names including Santa Isabel, San Cristóbal and perhaps the most famous of all, Guadalcanal, it is clear to see that Mendana's legacy and his Spanish influences live on.

World War II became a turning point for the Solomon Islands when it became the scene of many battles between Japan and the USA, including the famous battle of Guadalcanal. Boasting an abundance of World War II history, the Solomon Islands are now home to numerous wrecks including hundreds of ships, aircrafts and landing barges just waiting to be explored.

Rich in culture, this pristine paradise is one of the Pacific's best kept secrets. Fishing was banned here over 20 years ago, allowing the marine life to flourish and reefs to thrive, earning the Solomon Islands its enviable worldwide diving reputation.

Diving...

The diving in the Solomon Islands is wonderfully diverse. With a plethora of marine life living in these pristine reefs, divers can enjoy potential sightings of a schooling pelagics, along with amazing macro life including the famous pygmy seahorse. Venture through caverns and along walls in these remote destinations, with both hard and soft corals, and vibrant sea fans.

There is also a wealth of history to be discovered as the Solomon Islands played host to many World War II battles due to its strategic position close to Australia. The crystal-clear waters now host an underwater museum with numerous wrecks including over 200 ships, 690 aircraft and countless landing barges which are teeming with life and just waiting to be explored.


Papua New Guinea

Lying just south of the equator and bordering Indonesia, Papua New Guinea is situated just 160km north of Australia and is part of a great arc of mountains stretching from Asia in to the South Pacific. The unique topography and prolific marine life make this an enticing country for tourists from all over the world. This fascinating land boasts more than 600 islands with magnificent scenery and beautiful coral atolls.

An experience in Papua New Guinea is truly an unforgettable one. The sublime natural beauty is simply indescribable; from rugged mountains and tropical rainforests to large wetlands and a stunning coastline. Its unique variety of wildlife includes of marsupials and birds, including the Raggiana bird-of-paradise (the national symbol) and several species of tree kangaroos. Untouched coral reefs compete with spectacular World War II wrecks for the attention of divers, and the hiking is out of this world.

Diving...

Papua New Guinea famously has a reputation for being one of the best diving destinations in the Pacific. Boasting spectacular dive sites with crystal-clear warm water, the coast of Papua New Guinea has also been nicknamed as the 'underwater photographer's paradise'. With potential sightings of hammerhead and whale sharks, dolphins, pilot whales, turtles and sea snakes as well as a wealth of macro opportunities in the variety of much dives available, it's very easy to see why.

The vibrantly colourful coral atolls, walls, sea grass beds and barrier reefs provide the perfect setting for enjoyable and relaxing dives amongst the plethora of mesmerising marine life. The remoteness of these dive sites accounts for their pristine condition, with new marine species still being discovered.

Wrecks divers will be thrilled at the phenomenal wreck diving opportunities available. Dive in to history and explore the fantastic range of dive sites on a variety of World War II aircrafts, ships and submarines.

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