Dive Sites[column size=”1-3″ last=”0″ style=”0″]Gizo Island, in the Western Province is the gateway for some world class diving. It has a vast array of fish & fauna plus some sensational World War II wrecks.
The Western Province is comprised of a scattering of islands, many uninhabited. Most of these islands are ringed by coral and offer a wide variety of dive sites, from shallow water atolls to plunging walls.
The gin clear water opens up an amazing display of sea whips, giant gorgonian fans and an immense display of hard and soft corals. Sharks, pelagic fish, turtles, eagle rays are ever present plus huge schools of reef fish make our dives memorable.
The marine life is astounding and so spectacular it has some of the most photogenic seascapes in the world.
Our own Wreck, a Solomon Islands Tuna Fishing boat, which we sank on September 28 – 2008, right in front of the resort. It lies in 9 metres of water with the deck being about 5.5 metres from the surface.
A great artificial reef and fantastic for a night dive starting at the resort jetty.
Brilliant for snorkelling and exploring the myriad of small fish hiding in the cargo holds.
Kennedy Island: This Island, known locally as Plum Pudding Island, now lends its name from the late US President John F. Kennedy.
Who was ship wrecked with his crew off the boat PT109, during World War II. It is a sandy beached island that’s great for beginners, on the inside reef, and more experienced divers on the outer reef.
Naru Gap: this is the main entrance to Gizo lagoon. Often an exciting high speed drift dive, due to the volume of water entering the gap.
It’s a fun drift, where you can float effortlessly along the reef watching bump head parrots and sharks swim by. Whilst over head the eagle rays glide silently past.
Naru Wall: a multi level drift dive on the outer side of Naru Gap. This dive site stretches for nearly 1000m in length. Starting at a deeper depth, look for pelagic fish and sharks in the blue water of Fergusson Passage.
In the shallower depths there are a myriad of small reef fish flitting around the soft and hard corals.
Grand Central Station: if it’s action you want, this is one of the best fish dives in the Solomon’s. The dive starts as a drift dive until you reach a point where we encourage you to simply stop and observe.
As the currents merge, large schools of fish congregate including Spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna, barracuda a variety of sharks, eagle rays and travally. This big fish dive is a photographer’s heaven.
Hot Spot: this aptly named reef is an undersea atoll rising from 60m+ to 5m. It’s a hot spot for all the ocean creatures to congregate. On single dive schools of barracuda, several species of shark, turtles and sea snakes can be spotted easily.
This reef must have one of the most colourful safety stops around, and is home to seven types of anemone fish, scorpion fish and stone fish. A diver’s dream dive.
One Tree Reef: various coloured soft corals jostle for space against a back drop of hard corals covering this sloping reef.
Sea fans grow to huge proportions, hiding nudibranchs and small fish. A sharp eye may even spot some pygmy seahorses. White tip and black tip reefs make this a favourite site.
Shark Alley: a total adrenaline dive, not for the feint hearted. A deep drift dive with inquisitive sharks all around you.
Up to four species can been seen at one time. Mantas are sometimes seen too out in the blue water.
[/column][column size=”1-3″ last=”0″ style=”0″]Hoppa’s Garden: a shallow reef dive in a lush coral garden. The abundance of coral trout and clown fish, make this dive site great for photography.
Dazza’a Knob: the dive starts on a large bommie that drops away into the blue, before coming alongside a wall for a drift dive.
An awe-inspiring variety of pelagic fish flash past, leaving you feeling like the proverbial fish out of water.
Tukula Pinnacle: a pinnacle that starts at around 18m and falls down to 60m. Here large concentrations of potato cod are found, with an abundance of reef fish darting everywhere. Sleeping white tips can be found on the lower reaches of the reef.
Toa Maru: this 6700 ton 140m (450ft) Japanese transport ship is an awesome wreck dive. The Toa Maru, ran aground during an American air attack on Jan 31st 1943, after suffering severe damage. She lies on her starboard side, with her bow in 7m and her stern in 37m of water.
She still holds various artifacts from the Second World War, including saki bottles, a one man tank, cement bags and lanterns. There are some safe swim throughs via torpedo hole, and for the experienced divers penetration is possible.
This dive site needs numerous dives to be explored completely; with wonders around every corner.
Big Dip: a high speed drift dive. Catch the current right and you are off on a fair ground ride with an electrifying commotion of colour. This nutrient rich current attracts schools of bait fish, with their accompanying predators.
Manta Point: a cleaning station for manta rays. On the right day, up to 20 mantas can be seen bustling for a space, like at the car wash.
This dive continues with a lazy drift along coral garden, where you can see bump head parrots grazing and smaller reef fish scuttling between the corals.
Nusa Aghana Beach Dive: a laid back, relaxing drift dive along a wall that stretches for over 1km. large gorgonian fans dominate this wall.
Tokyo Maru: a deep dive for the wreck enthusiast. This 100ft wreck is a Japanese tuna boat, which hit the reef one dark night, in 1988, and now lays in 40m of water.
Joes Wall: this immense drop off is completely awe-inspiring. Above, you can see the surface clearly, yet below the water turns an inky blue, with no bottom in sight. The wall is festooned with colourful soft and hard corals, showing a marked contrast with the water.
American Hell Cat Fighter: a wreck that time forgot! A nearly completely intact fighter plane in only 10m of water. Great for photography, a dive not to be missed.
Olasana Island Safari Reef: a reef system that stands out from the rest due to the giant elephant ear sponges, that grows all along this reef. Colonies of sand eels are found here. This is a great site for both experienced divers and trainees.
Corsair: this American fighter plane lies in 28m of water. It is broken into five large pieces and is now covered in soft corals. The safety sop area is very pretty and is home to plethora of anemone fish.
House Reefs: a macro photographers dream! A muck dive with a difference! There are two plane wrecks, a Zero and a floatplane in 16 to 10m of water, right in front of the Gizo hotel jetty.
Time has not been very kind to these wrecks, but sections of the planes are shelter for schooling fish. Frog fish have made the floatplane their domain, with up to eight being seen on a single dive.[/column] [column size=”1-3″ last=”1″ style=”0″] [/column]