Diving & Other Activities
Due to our location Raiders is ideally suited for divers/snorkelers.
With the ocean and reefs on our doorstep we are able to offer a number of options all of which are within easy reach of the hotel. No more spending your surface time on the boat in the hot sun, at Raiders all surface time is spent in the cool comfort of our waterside bar.
For the non-diver there are options to snorkel, hike, kayak, bird-watch, go fishing, village visits or take a guided tour around the WW2 sites which still remain.
Some suggested nearby activities:
Divers must provide proof of qualification.
We have a number of dive sites available nearby our hotel including WW2 aircraft & shipwrecks as well as a number of beautiful reef and wall dives.
All dives are from our boat and cost SBD$550.00 per person per dive. The rate includes boat, crew, fuel, weights, tanks and any custom fees payable. We do not conduct any dive courses or mixed gas dives.
- Double Island Reef – 8-20m
- Catalina Seaplane (American) – 24-31m
- Twin Tunnels Reef – 15-36m
- “Mavis 1” Kawanashi Seaplane (Japanese) – 25-32m
- “Mavis 2” Kawanashi Seaplane (Japanese) – 27-32m
- “Mavis 3” Kawanashi Seaplane (Japanese) – 22-24m
- RNZN Moa (NZ Minesweeper) – 38-45m
- USS Kanawa (US Oiler) – 35-60m
- Gavutu F4 Wildcat (US Fighter) – 40m
- Raiders F4 Wildcat (US Fighter) – 40m
- Maravagi F4 Wildcat (US Fighter) – 38m
- Tanavula Point (Wall Drift) – 5-45m
- Nanjalakalau Reef (Wall & Drift) – 5 – 45m
- Sogonara Reef (Reef) – 5 – 30m
- Base 1 Muck Dive – 20 – 26m
- Baby Cakes Reef – 18 – 25m
Dive Gear hire is additional.
- A full set of Dive Gear will cost you $350.00 per day (Excludes Dive Computer Hire)
- Mask/Snorkel only – $50.00 per day
- Fins – $50.00 per day
- BCD – $125.00 per day
- Regulator – $125.00 per day
All snorkeling excursions are conducted on a reef a short boat ride from the hotel.
The cost is $150.00 per person and usually lasts 1 – 1.5 hrs.
Gear hire is additional.
Info for Yachts
Tulagi and the surrounding Florida Islands is a magical place to visit and the deep (40-50m) all weather harbor is the best in the area offering safe and protected anchorage from winds and swells of any direction.
Sadly though, its a well known fact in the yachting and cruising fraternity that Tulagi Harbor has a bad reputation for theft and unauthorized boarding of visiting yachts. The majority of incidents have occurred on boats where they have chosen to anchor without landowners permission nor paid any “Custom Fee” for anchoring, have decided to save battery by not leaving any lights on during the night, or have not bothered to clear their decks of belongings prior to turning in for the night. However, by using some common sense and by taking a few precautions you can minimize the risk to your boat, belongings and crew.
First of all, visiting boats need to understand that Landowners also own the sea and reefs within 200m of the shoreline, as such they are also entitled to collect a “Custom Fee” from you. Coastal village life is generally subsistence living on a daily basis. With this fact in mind, know that the villagers will take any opportunity to make a few dollars from you by way of Custom Fee, produce sales or by “acquiring” something from your boat that can be sold on for some cash.
So our advice to you is:
- Anchor outside the Police Station on Tulagi Island ( 9° 6’18.78″S 160° 9’10.10″E). Most of Tulagi Island and the surrounding harbor is Crown Land so there are no landowner issues here. Go ashore and register yourselves with the Police and pay the anchorage fees. Anchorage fees for the Tulagi Harbor are set at SBD$300.00/vessel and is valid for 30 days after which it must be renewed. Note that this fee does not release you from any Landowner fees should you anchor elsewhere in the central province.
- While you are there, get an update from the police regarding no-go areas or areas that may not be safe for you. Confirm also that the Police will keep an eye on your boat whilst anchored on their doorstep. Additionally, you can go ashore there and leave your tender unattended whilst you take the 5 minute walk to the township for supplies, internet, garbage disposal etc. If however, you decide to anchor near a village or what appears to be a unpopulated island or bay, stand off initially and go ashore in your tender and find the landowner and negotiate a fee for anchorage. Note that you increase the risk of theft etc by leaving the Police anchorage or not talking to landowners.
- Leave some lights on at night, especially around your boarding platform/transom.
- Don’t leave attractive items (Dive/snorkling gear, shoes, clothing, fuel containers etc) on the deck where they can be reached from the water.
- Secure your tender onboard, do not leave it on the water.
- Canoes will approach to sell fruit, veggies and fish to you, do not let anyone onboard.
Raiders Hotel & Dive is a few hundred meters from the Police Station and is accessible by water. However, we are not a public wharf and our facilities are provided for our house guests, so, unless you are joining us for a meal, sun-downers or to come diving with us then please don’t bring your tender ashore at our location.
We have a lovely view from our bar/dining area overlooking the harbour and our dive boats, transfer boats and guest boats arrive & depart Raiders regularly, so please do not anchor in front of the Hotel thus obstructing the boat entry/exit path or the view for our guests from our bar/dining area.
Additionally, we do not fill dive tanks (other than our own) nor do we hire our tanks/dive gear to anyone who is not diving with us.
Calm seas and fair winds to you all.
Info for Fishermen
Please note that we do not offer fishing charters.
If you are fishing off your own boat or intend to charter another operator while here please note the following;
- Bring your own Eskie, Chilly-Bin or Cooler and plenty of ice to store your catch. (We cannot supply ice)
- We do not clean, cook or store your catch at Raiders.
- Please conduct your fish cleaning/filleting etc on the boat before berthing at Raiders
- If you wish to sell your catch to us then we will credit your account at SBD$20.00/kg (Applies to Spanish Mackerel (Kingfish) only. Gilled & gutted weight)
- We do not sell fuel.
We recommend Solomon Sports Fishing Ltd with Master Angler Kane Dysart.
Devala Village & Reef
Devala Village is a small clean, friendly and quaint community located 10 mins along the coast from Raiders.
Spend the day sunbathing, swimming on their white sandy beach, snorkeling on the house reef, meandering thru the nearby bush lands and engaging with the community. The village is small, friendly and welcoming.
Raiders has exclusive access to Devala and a day visit there costs SBD$250.00 per person including Custom fees.
Lunch can be provided at an additional $150.00 per person but requires 24hrs notice.
The Waterpoint Caves contain a freshwater spring deep inside.
This water was piped out by the American forces in 1943 and was used to provide fresh water to the many warships in the harbour.
Located a half hour boat ride form Raiders, followed by a 30 minute hike up the hillside to the cave entrance.
Good footwear is recommended as the climb and the inside of the cave can be slippery. Allow 2.5 hours for the excursion at a cost of $300.00 per person including custom and guide fees.
Roderick Bay Day Hike
A short 15 minute boat ride will deliver you to the end of one of the many inlets within Tulagi Harbour.
From the drop off you will have a 3 – 4hr walk over to Roderick Bay. The hike will take you through the tropical forest climbing gradually to the hills which separates Tulagi Harbour from Sandfly Passage.
The walk through the tropical rain forest is full of opportunity for bird-watchers and nature lovers alike.
Once over the hills its an easy walk down to Roderick Bay where you can buy lunch at the local resort and/or take a leisurely snorkel around the wreck of the cruise ship World Discoverer.
A reasonable level of fitness is required and appropriate footwear is highly recommended.
There are two options for finishing the day, you can either hike back the way you came or we will meet you there and bring you back by boat through Sandfly Passage and along the coastline back to Raiders. There is also options to dive on the way back.
WW2 Tours (Tulagi Island)