Things to do…

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.

Diving

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.

Dive Sites.

  • Double Island Reef – 8-20m
  • Catalina Seaplane (American) – 18-28m
  • Twin Tunnels Reef – 18-40m
  • Kawanashi Seaplane (Japanese) – 25-30m
  • Gavutu Landing Craft – 10-15m
  • RNZN Moa (NZ Minesweeper) – 38-45m
  • USS Kanawa (US Oiler) – 35-60m
  • F4 Wildcat (US Fighter) – 40m
  • Tanavula Point (Wall Drift) – 5-45m
  • Base 1 Muck Dive – 15 – 18m
  • Baby Cakes Reef – 15 – 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

Gavutu Wildcat - Prop lost during ditching.

Gavutu Wildcat – Prop lost during ditching.

Dive Sites

Dive Sites

  • Double Island Reef – 8-20m
  • Catalina Seaplane (American) – 18-28m
  • Twin Tunnels Reef – 18-40m
  • Kawanashi Seaplane (Japanese) – 25-30m
  • Gavutu Landing Craft – 10-15m
  • RNZN Moa (NZ Minesweeper) – 38-45m
  • USS Kanawa (US Oiler) – 35-60m
  • F4 Wildcat (US Fighter) – 40m
  • Tanavula Point (Wall Drift) – 5-45m

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

Snorkeling

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.

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.

Waterpoint Caves

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.

Snorkel around the wreck of the cruise ship World Discoverer.

Snorkel around the wreck of the cruise ship World Discoverer.

WW2 Tours (Tulagi Island)

Tulagi Island and its harbour played a large part in the Battle for Guadalcanal during WW2.

The island still has many remnants of the war remaining.

Tulagi Island WW2 tours are self-guided for those with an interest in WW2.  Raiders will provide maps.

The Minneapolis limps into Tulagi harbour after being torpedoed. Her bow was cut off (and can be dived on today) before she was towed to Pearl Harbour for repairs.

The Minneapolis limps into Tulagi harbour after being torpedoed. Her bow was cut off (and can be dived on today) before she was towed to Pearl Harbour for repairs.


JFK and his famed PT-109 patrol boat were based in Tulagi before he was marooned in the Western province.

JFK and his famed PT-109 patrol boat were based in Tulagi before he was marooned in the Western province.


The main PT base in Tulagi.

The main PT base in Tulagi.


Along with the US and Australians, the New Zealanders also had a squadron of catalina aircraft based in Tulagi. The man standing in the water with the cap on was destined to be the first to conquer Mt Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary.

Along with the US and Australians, the New Zealanders also had a squadron of catalina aircraft based in Tulagi. The man standing in the water with the cap on was destined to be the first to conquer Mt Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary.