The Solomon Islands: exotic, mysterious, remote and unspoiled; a world-class diving destination that is gaining in popularity as a “go-to” destination.
DeeperBlue.com had the chance to meet up with Tourism Solomons CEO Josefa Tuamoto at DEMA Show, who shared some of the beauty of the island nation with us.
Dedicated to promoting responsible tourism to this richly diverse and culturally intriguing region, Josefa shared information about the Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises program.
Located in the Coral Sea, about three hours flight from Brisbane, Australia, the Solomon Islands are a group of 992 islands that represent the boundary of the easternmost territory of Australia. The Solomon Islands gained independence in 1976, and is a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as their monarch.
The Solomon Islands include Guadalcanal, where Allied forces battled entrenched Japanese defenders for months. Remnants of the war years abound, with bunkers hidden in dense jungles and downed planes and ships creating stunning underwater photo ops and artificial reefs for a stunning array of marine life.
Sea Turtles, sharks, rays, and many pelagic species of fish via for the attention of divers who come to see the brilliant coral reefs that fringe all the islands and the numerous war-time wrecks that offer unique “bucket-list” photo ops.
By taking an all-inclusive live-aboard cruise, divers can experience a leisurely pace, target hard to reach dive spots, and take time to tour the interiors of these fascinating islands. The 7-Day cruise also offer many opportunities for non-divers to participate; snorkeling and stand-up paddle-board (SUP) excursions are included, as well as trips to visit local villages and schools and shop for unique souvenirs. All this on the MV Taka, a 30-meter/980-foot luxury yacht fully equipped for all levels of diving, four-star chefs preparing tantalizing meals, and boutique catering from the 12 warm and friendly crew-members…a true vacation in paradise.
The basic cruise/liveaboard Solomon Island Discovery Cruise package starts at US$2,499 (2,208 Euros) per person twin-share, and is all-inclusive. For sailing dates and detailed information, visit www.sidcruises.com.au or www.visitsolomons.com.sb.