The Solomon Islands are generally recognized as offering the best diving in the world and Gizo’s provides an ideal and picturesque location among the hundreds of small tropical islands of the Western Province. It’s beauty and quality diving is unsurpassed.
The Gizo Hotel’s waterfront location enables one to take full advantage of this idyllic setting and sheltered dive sites are always in easy reach. It has comfortable accommodation, a great upstairs bar with a view and lovely service.
There are a number of well equipped dive operators in the Solomons to help you discover pristine walls, reefs and pinnacles. There are also numerous wrecks from WWII that provide superb diving. Last but not least there are the massive amounts of fish waiting to be photographed.
The islands provide top quality service by friendly staff including the daily carrying, rinsing and drying of all your dive equipment. We also assist with checking up on your travel arrangements, confirming flights etc. Staff are available 24 hrs daily.
Fast dive oats are often a luxury in the tropics but where available you should definitely seek them out. They are capable of taking parties of up to 10 divers and will take you safely through calm waters to our best dive sites only 10 to 20 minutes away.
This was were John F. Kennedy and his crew of the PT 109 were ship wrecked.
This sandy beach uninhabited island offers great snorkeling and an ideal dive site for beginners on the inside. On the outside Kennedy wall is a fantastic drift dive for the experienced diver.
Main entrance to Gizo Lagoon, Naru Gap experiences great water movements making this a fantastic drift dive with big fish action. Here we see a variety of rays and cuttlefish.
Bordering the Ferguson Passage spans almost a km in length and reaches depths of 80m+. This site lends itself to excellent drift diving with the promise of turtles, graceful sharks and spotted eagle rays gliding in from the blue.
FISH SOUP HILL
Discovered only in 2001, this is a fish rich pinnacle located on a current line
The name says it all, not for the fainthearted, this oceanside dive boasts inquisitive sharks, huge schools of Great Barracuda, oversize Spanish Mackerel and Dogtooth Tuna. Manta’s and Eagle Rays are often seen here. A deep drift dive for experienced divers only.
ONE TREE REEF
One Tree Island is the bearer of a solitary stunted tree with a remarkable resemblance to a large bonsai. The Reef that surrounds the Island is one of Gizo’s best Coral Gardens. Both soft and hard.
The WWII American fighter plane lies in 28m of water. Although the plane is broken up into 5 large pieces it is covered in soft corals and the safety stop area is full of interesting anemone fish .
JAPANESE ZERO AND FLOAT PLANE
Two easily accessible wrecks in the Gizo Harbour area for the plane wreck enthusiast.
A deep water pinnacle the top of which is at 5-6m. A fantastic concentrated fish dive, one of our favourites. More marine life than you can imagine in one spot, home to 7 species of Anemone fish easily found whilst doing your safety stop.
A shallow coral garden dive rich in coral heads and reef fish such as coral trout.
A 6700 ton 140m (450″) Japanese Transport one of the most intact divable wrecks in the Solomons ran aground after suffering damage from a American attack on Jan 31 1943
She now lies on her starboard side with depths ranging from 7m to 38m at the stern.
A formidable dive for the wreck enthusiasts, worth many visits.
The Toa Maru still holds ammunition, trucks, saki bottles, a 2 man tank etc. and for the experienced diver, penetration dives into the engine room, the bridge and the wheel house.
GRAND CENTRAL STATION
One of the best fish dives in the Solomons on the day. The experience begins as a stunning drift dive. Reaching the point divers are encouraged to simply stop and watch. As the currents merge, schools of Spanish mackerel, dogtooth tuna, barracuda, trevally, assorted sharks, eagle rays and Maori wrasse cruise by. Watch the action and finish in a spectacular shallow coral Garden.
Watch the Manta rays gliding past or move up close to the cleaning stations. Pristine hard Coral Gardens make a fantastic finish to this dive.
AMERICAN HELLCAT FIGHTER
This remarkably intact plane wreck in only 10 mtrs of sheltered water is not to be missed.
A sheer vertical wall which drops down a staggering 150m+. In places the wall overhangs the diver. The wall itself is richly covered with giant Gorgonian fans and black coral trees. A glance upwards reveals spectacular scenery.
GIZO HARBOUR (house dive)
This dive starts and ends at the Gizo Hotel private jetty and is the macro photographer’s wet dream at night! A small shipwreck and two plane wrecks are included. Fish sleep in the wrecks and a variety of shrimp, including cleaner and harlequins are normally encountered as well as pipefish, seahorses, lionfish and lots of clownfish.
Located near Kennedy Island, this is a large bommie which begins at 18 metres and sits on a sloping floor, from 36 to 60 metres. Formerly known as “Tukula” (Potato Cod) Bommie, due to the presence of a colony of potato cod, there are also schools of trevally and barracuda and other pelagics. The bommie itself is covered in beautiful corals and plentiful fish life.
This is just a selection of the superb dives available within a short distance of Gizo. If you plan to do multiple dives in any given day make sure to always dive with a good computer.
Also be sure not to miss out on our dolphin rides when available!
Enjoy your scuba holiday in the Solomons