Diving the Western Solomon Islands

Diving in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands offers some fantastic WWII historical dive sites, colorful hard-coral covered reefs, and phenomenal wall diving. You can find some of the best diving in the Solomon within the Western Province. The most popular islands to base your Solomon diving adventure on are Ghizo, Vangunu, and New Georgia. The islands of Ghizo and New Georgia are a WWII wreck divers paradise. Due to the Solomon Islands’ heavy use as a base in WWII, hundreds of wrecks lay throughout the islands, with some of the most heavily concentrated areas within these two islands. Besides exploring these historical wrecks, divers will also enjoy spectacular drop-offs to over 600 meters, where you can find patrolling reef sharks and exciting drift diving. A Solomon Islands diving trip is not complete without visiting the largest saltwater lagoon in the world, Marovo Lagoon. Within the barrier islands of the lagoon, divers will find colorful, thriving reefs covered in soft and hard coral species, large sea fans, and thousands of fish of every size and color. Diving in the Solomon Islands Western Province is easy to navigate as most islands are relatively close together. From each island, you can access fantastic dive sites by boat in just 5 to 40 minutes.

Dive Sites to visit in Western Solomon Islands

Featured places to go in Western Solomon Islands

New Georgia Island

New Georgia Island is the largest island in the Western Province and offers fantastic WWII historical dive sites.

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Marovo Lagoon

The Marovo Lagoon is the world’s largest saltwater lagoon offering famous dive sites with a vast population of reef fish, corals, and pelagic life.

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Gizo island is one of the most popular places to base your Solomon Islands diving adventure.

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Wildlife Encounters in Western Solomon Islands

The pristine reefs and WWII wrecks of the Solomon Islands Western Province offer habitat to a diverse array of marine fish and colorful macro life. Solomon Islands marine life includes nearly 500 species of hard and soft corals, thousands of reef fish species, dolphins, rays, sharks, and six of the world’s seven sea turtle species. Common shark sightings include hammerheads and grey, blacktip, and whitetip reef sharks. Exciting macro life consists of the famously elusive pygmy seahorse, nudibranchs, blennies, ghost pipefish, vibrant anemonefish, spiny lobsters, and fiery dartfish. Other exciting Solomon Islands marine life includes schooling jacks, barracuda, manta rays, and the occasional whale shark.