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Solomon Islands Taka liveaboard: Oct 5-18, 2019

Explore the pristine waters of Solomon Islands.Solomon Islands Diving | Scuba Center Group TripUntouched by influences of the modern world, the Solomon Islands are considered the most authentic destination of the South Pacific. Located on the western fringe of the Pacific, north east of Australia, the Solomon's comprise of 992 islands, extending some 1000 miles south-east from Papua New Guinea. Rich in culture, this pristine paradise is one of the Pacificís best kept secrets and offers the visitor a unique and unforgettable holiday experience.

Situated to the south east of Papua New Guinea and only 3 hours by air from Fiji, the Solomon Islands are one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas of the Pacific. The Solomon Islands comprise 992 islands, of which 147 are inhabited. The estimated population of 560,000 are predominately Melanesian, while some outer islands are home to Polynesians and Micronesia's. The local people appear shy but are very friendly. Most live a subsistence village lifestyle retaining many traditional and ancient customs.

The Solomon Islands have some of the most pristine dive sites in the world. Unspoiled and undiscovered, the remote location means there are not many divers to put pressure on the reef and fish. They have caverns, reefs, large sea fans, soft corals and lots of macro including a huge diversity of nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse, ghost pipefish and more. The reef is covered in a variety of hard corals home to mandarin fish, eels and masses of reef fish. Many of the islands are surrounded by deep walls which allow divers to interact with schools of pelagics. The diversity of the Solomon's is hard to beat. We have designed a custom itinerary to allow diving many of the best dive sites around the Russell and Morovo Island groups. 
We'll begin this Pacific adventure with a flight to Fiji and an overnight at a beach resort 20 minutes from the airport.
The following day we fly to Honiara and board liveaboard Taka II.
 
 
Taka II Liveaboard | Solomon Islands Group Dive TripTaka is a 30 metre (100 foot) mono hull live-aboard dive vessel. Built in 2004 and custom designed for diving. In addition to generously sized cabins, she has shared spaces both inside and out for lounging and mingling. All upper deck cabins have en-suite toilets and showers. All rooms are also fully air-conditioned.

The large and open dive deck offers excellent storage capacity for all of your dive gear. Taka has specifically designed camera facilities to ensure your delicate equipment is treated gently. The majority of the dives are done directly off the deck rather than off skiffs meaning they can offer more dives and longer dives than any other operator in the area.

The Taka chef has designed a menu that showcases the local cuisines while featuring recipes from an international menu. Local, fresh and abundant are the key themes in their galley.
 
Includes:  
  • Roundtrip airport transfer Honiara to TAKA II

  • 10 nights accommodation aboard Taka II (Including all meals onboard)

  • Up to 5 dives daily

  • Diving, tanks, and weights

  • Kastom Reef Tax*

 * These payments go to the village elders at the various islands we visit to allow us to dive in the most pristine areas and to have the locals work to keep them that way.
Solomon Islands Facts:  
  • Language - Predominately English speaking throughout although Melanesian Pijin is spoken by locals.

  • Climate - The Solomon Islands enjoy a tropical climate with daytime temperatures averaging 84F and evening temperatures averaging 66F. April to November is the most popular time to visit as the climate is very pleasant with little rain but the Solomon Islands are definitely considered a year round destination.

  • Currency - The currency of the Solomon Islands is the Solomon Dollar.

  • Electricity - 240 volts AC, Plug I - same as Australia.

  • VISA and PASSPORT Requirements - Canadian, U.S., British, Commonwealth and E.E.C visitors do not need to obtain a visa before arrival. (Subject to change). Passports must be valid for 6 months after your departure.

Not included in the package:
  • Incidental charges: Individual group members will be responsible for their own charges including but not limited to beverages and bar bill, telephone, internet usage, sightseeing, equipment rental of any sort, gratuities and any other items of a personal nature.

Please note the following:
  • Scuba certification card and proof of scuba insurance required. We recommend all divers purchase DAN membership

  • We highly recommend all travelers purchase travel insurance.

  • This vessel like most, has the right to implement a fuel surcharge.

  • Dive computers are mandatory for each guest.

  • A passport is required for travel.

Dates: Oct 5-18, 2019
Trip Cost: Early registration discount of $500 per person + get the best choice in cabin options.   Solomon Islands Scuba Diving | Nudibranch 
Master Cabin #2 (1): $6280 + $250 Kastom Reef Tax = $6530 - $500 discount Your cost $6030
Deluxe Cabins top deck (5): $5730 + $250 Kastom Reef Tax = $5980 - $500 discount Your cost $5480
Std cabins lower deck (4): $4910 + $250 Kastom Reef Tax = $5160 - $500 discount Your cost $4660
  Airfare is subject to change until ticketed.  
All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.

Registration: An application for this trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may pick up a trip application at either store or print out our Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in person with a $500 non-refundable deposit per person.
For more information, contact: Tom Pederson or Tom Benson

DAN Membership & Diving Insurance

 

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