Maravagi F4F Wildcat

Discovered in 2018 by Friends of the Solomons, Ewan Stephenson and Matt Wray of Sealark Maritime Exploration (NZ) Ltd.  This aircraft is covered in corals and fish life with her tyres still inflated and propeller still attached, fully intact she rests inverted on the sandy sea floor at 38m.  Finish the dive by ascending slowly up the nearby reef exploring mother nature’s …

Balydon Shoals

A small innocuous reef a mile off the Tulagi Island coast.  Strong currents across the top of the reef have left it relatively barren apart from the more hardy and stubborn soft corals and bombies that remain.  The eastern side shelves away gently while the western side is a dramatic shear wall where the westerly current brings up the nutrients from below …

Nanjalakalau Wall

An adorable wall for lovers of texture, color and contrast.  Soft corals galore line the walls here interrupted occasionally by small forests of fan corals and alike.  The large and colorful “Banana” Nudibranch can be found here in high concentrations.

PBY Catalina Seaplane USA

Found in 2011 by Sealark Maritime Exploration (NZ) Ltd this beautiful aircraft lies on the side of the reef inside Tulagi Harbour at 26m – 33m.  Fully intact with the engines now fallen off the wings.  Machine guns and ammo are there as are most of the cockpit instruments.  She is slowly becoming part of the reef as hard and soft corals encrust …

Baby Cakes Reef

A mound reef located in the Maravagi Passage which is always subject to current.  Of course, where there is current there are fish and some days you need to shoo away the fish just so you can see the fish!  This reef is full of surprises as there is always something special to be seen there.

Raiders F4F Wildcat

Raiders F4F Wildcat

Discovered in 2015 she too lies at 42m on a sandy bottom just 200m from the Raiders Hotel & Dive bar/dining area.  The search for identifying numbers or plates on this aircraft continues with each dive.

Ed's Wall

Ed’s Wall

Another wall worthy of exploration, vertical from the surface to the sandy bottom 40m below full of nooks and crannies to explore and find those elusive critters.  Painted Crayfish, Peacock Mantis, Bump-head Parrot Fish and schools of baitfish moving through the water column.  Keep an eye out in the blue water too as you never know what will cruise on by.

Tanavula Drift

Tanavula Drift

Take the plunge and drift the beautiful sloping reef and wall dive that is Tanavula.  Enormous Gregorian fan corals in abundance, soft and hard corals of all descriptions and colors will compete for your attention as you drift lazily along in the current.

Four inch gun on bow of HMNZS Moa.

RNZN Moa – Minesweeper

The 7th of April 1943 was a big day at Tulagi. A major air assault by the Japanese occurred on this day with 67 bombers and 110 Zero fighters. Three ships were lost that day, RNZN Moa, USS Kanawa & USS Aaron Ward. The first to sink was the RNZN Moa which received a direct hit by a single 500lb bomb …

Looking forward towards the flight deck between the starboard (righthand) engines of the Japanese Kawanashi (Mavis) Seaplane.

Kawanashi “Mavis” Seaplane (Japan)

1942 saw the Imperial Japanese forces set up their seaplane recon and fighter bases in the Tulagi Harbour. Gavutu and Tanabago islands were established as the home port for the majestic Kawanashi (Mavis) Seaplanes. Prior to the US Marines arriving on the 7th of August 1942, the US Navy conducted an aerial attack on Gavutu to eliminate the seaplane squadrons moored …