Tulagi Island is located 22 nautical miles east of Honiara. The stretch of water between Honiara and Tulagi is known as Iron Bottom Sound due to the large number of US, Allied and Japanese warships sunk there during WW2. There is no airport in the Florida Islands and therefore all access is by boat. Depending on the boat and the weather, the trip can take anywhere from 1-1.5hrs.
Depending on your budget and appetite for risk management, below are some options to make the journey.
Raiders boats have competent Skippers, emergency flares, VHF radios, first aid kit, GPS and life jackets, we also have protocols in place to ensure that a rescue boat is on standby while you travel should the need arise.
Raiders Hotel & Dive One Way Transfers: (All prices exclude 10% Sales tax)
MV Sin-Bin 23ft High Bow Longboat 100hp
1 – 3 Passengers = minimum charge of SBD$1,500.00
4 – 6 Passengers = SBD$500.00/person
MV Cobra 9.2m Aluminium Fastcraft 250hp
1 – 6 passengers = minimum charge of SBD$4,800.00
6 – 10 passengers = SBD$800.00/person
Both Vessels available for charter, please email for a quotation.
Alternative transport options:
Public Passenger Ferry
You can catch the 360 Discovery or the 360 Flyer Passenger Ferry, these ferries usually travel to & from Tulagi from Thursday through to Monday. Check with the 360 office for the current schedule as it does change without notice.
The trip takes 1.5hrs and costs SBD $400/person return. These ferries depart from the main wharf at Honiara (0800hrs) and docks at the main wharf at Tulagi, a short 3 minute walk to Raiders Hotel & Dive.
(May 2017) At this time this service is no longer on a regular schedule, please check (or ask your hotel to check) with the 360 Office if they are sailing to Tulagi on the day you wish to travel.
Hire your own
Hire a longboat from the Point Cruz Yacht Club (Honiara) or the Tulagi Waterfront.
A charter boat (exclusively for you) can set you back SBD $1000 + fuel costs, or you can get on a passenger longboat (shared boat) for SBD $100-$200 one way. Actual price is negotiated directly with the boat owner.
Passenger (Shared Boat) Longboats generally depart from Honiara mid – afternoon and depart Tulagi for Honiara early morning each day.
Note that many of these boats do not carry any safety equipment including life jackets and are usually overloaded. Before committing to a boat we suggest you ask if Life Jackets at least are available. Please make your choice wisely. These boats have permission to dock at Raiders Hotel & Dive if delivering guests.