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.

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Wildlife 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.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Bull Shark
Silvertip Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Zebra Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
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Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead
Bull Shark
Silvertip Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Zebra Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Giant Pacific Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Banded Sea Krait
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Pygmy Seahorse
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Bannerfish
Flounder
Emperors
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Crayfish
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab

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