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Incredible offer for a highly limited time on SIDE’s Taka – Save up to $1000 in the amazing Solomon Islands
Save $700 on 7-night trips or $1000 on 10-night trips
7 nights from $2419 double occupancy in a standard cabin with discount applied:
10 nights from $3455 double occupancy in a standard cabin with discount applied:
7 nights from $2072 quad occupancy in a lower cabin with discount applied:
10 nights from $2960 quad occupancy in a lower cabin with discount applied:
Airport or Hotel transfers
7 or 10 nights’ accommodation
All meals while on board
Opportunity for up to 40 dives
Village visits and excursions
Air tanks and fills
Nitrox or specialty tanks
Must book and deposit by July 31, 2017
Valid for travel all dates 2017
2018 rates upon request. All special offers apply.
7 NIGHT ITINERARIES - CENTRAL:
Begin your expedition with a westward cruise out of Honiara. One of the first stops is Russell Islands, where you will spend several days exploring a myriad of dive sites. From the Russell Islands, you continue on to Mary Island, notable for an underwater point that commonly hosts schools of barracuda and jacks. Finish your adventure in the Florida Islands with an exploration of Mbike and Sandfly Passage. The currents here mean manta ray sightings are possible along with pelagics along the walls. Combine this with some amazing WWII history dives and you have an exciting adventure!
10 NIGHT ITINERARIES – CENTRAL & WESTERN:
Following a similar itinerary to the 7 day adventure, however we include an extension north-west to Marovo Lagoon, the world's finest double-barrier lagoon and a World Heritage Site. Known for the some of the world's most biodiverse and healthy reefs, Marovo offers diving among coral gardens and along sheer walls.
On all of Taka’s expeditions, you will stop at some of the smaller islands where you can enjoy some time on the beach or visit remote local villages while exploring the WWII history Solomon Islands is famous for.
Taka, is a custom designed diving vessel with 12 cabins accommodating up to 24 guests and a crew of 12 including your dive team, skipper, boat crew and chefs. Inside she boasts a huge lounge and dining area with DVDs, large TVs and a dedicated camera area for photographers with excellent facilites. Up top, you will find a large sun deck complete with loungers and hammocks where you can catch some sun as the world goes by. On her second deck, is an expansive covered seating area where you can sit back and relax without any worry about UV rays. Taka’s large dive deck has ample space for personal gear along with toilets, freshwater showers & freshwater rinse bins for equipment. Two ladders access the dive platform provide easy access to and from the water. Most dives are done directly off the dive deck with a tender in the water for additional safety.
PLUS contact us for information on 2 new itineraries to the schedule:
• WWII Exploration: 2017 is the 75th anniversary of WWII. We will be offering four adventures through the year specifically focused on WWII historical diving. We’ll visit a number of locations including both American and Japanese WWII wrecks along with abandoned military installations and will even include several land tours to significant sites of strategic importance.
• Solomon Islands Dive and Fly – We have taken the very best diving in the Solomon Islands and included it all in this one special itinerary. You will spend 7 nights travelling one direction from Honiara through the most amazing diving in Solomon Islands to the far Western Province. Once there, you will spend an additional 4 nights in beautiful Munda exploring this unique village with an additional 3 days of diving before returning to Honiara by air (itinerary is also run in reverse).
About the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands has some of the most pristine dive sites in the world. Unspoiled and undiscovered, our 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.
After WWII, the water in between the Florida Islands (Tulagi) and Guadalcanal was renamed to Iron Bottom Sound due to the 200 ships, 690 air crafts and countless landing barges that sunk there during those many months of battle. Wreck diving abounds.
Solomon Islands remains relatively untouched by influences of the modern world. Located on the western fringe of the Pacific, north east of Australia, the Solomons comprise of 992 islands. Rich in culture, this pristine paradise is one of the Pacific’s best kept secrets.
Only 147, of the 992 islands, are actually inhabited. The estimated population of 560,000 are predominately Melanesian, while some outer islands are home to Polynesians and Micronesians. The local people appear shy but are very friendly. Off the beaten path, village life in the Solomon Islands remains much as it has been for centuries. Through our work in the area, we have relationships with many of the village elders and are often welcomed to bring our guests for a visit.
There is always time to enjoy a game of football with the local children, participate in a welcome ceremony, learn to hand line fish or purchase some local handicrafts.