USS Aaron Ward (DD-483)

A “Must Do” & “Bucket List” dive for any Technical Diver visiting the Solomons. A 106m long Gleaves Class destroyer laying upright in 60m – 70m of water. A truly iconic wreck dive showcasing her fore and aft 5 inch guns, multiple 40mm anti-aircraft guns, depth charge racks and torpedo tubes (one torpedo remains partially ejected from its tube) – …

USS Kanawa

At 145m long this USN Oiler sits upright on the seabed with her bow at 40m and the stern deck guns at 55m. Spend a few dives exploring this enormous ship right down to the torpedo holes in the engine room which finally sank her on April 8th 1943. Photo credit to AB Photography.

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.