The waters around Gizo are famous for having the most diverse and exciting diving to be found anywhere in the Solomon’s; some may even say the world. The gin clear wateropens up an amazing display of sea whips, giant gorgonian fans and an immense display of hard and soft corals. There is a vast array of fish & fauna plus some sensational World War II wrecks. Sharks, pelagic fish, turtles, and eagle rays are ever present plus huge schools of reef fish make the diving memorable. For the underwater photographer, the marine life is astounding and so spectacular, it is considered to have some of the most photogenic seascapes in the world.
With the 140m Toa Maru transport ship, WWII fighter aircraft, plummeting walls, Manta Ray dives, one of the ultimate big dives “Grand Central”, and the recently discovered “Hot Spot”, it all adds up to one of the best dive locations in the South Pacific.
The waters around Gizo are famous for having the most diverse and exciting diving to be found anywhere in the Solomon’s; some may even say the world. The gin clear water opens up an amazing display of sea whips, giant gorgonian fans, an immense display of hard and soft corals and sensational WWII shipwrecks.
This extremely popular South Pacific WWII shipwreck dive is a virtually intact Japanese transport ship – 140m in length. At 10-37 metres, the site offers up unique treasures amongst the marine life including Saki bottles, ammunition, bombs, a motorbike and a tank. Experienced divers take a guided tour inside the wreck to the bridge, crew quarters, engine and medical supply rooms.
Grand Central Station
If it’s underwater action you’re after, then this is the place. This site is a merge point for oceanic currents and is the place for fish life – big and small. Large, soft corals and fans adorn underwater walls while the waters are patrolled by sharks, trevally and batfish. A relatively easy dive for all levels of experience and there is no need to go deep to see all the activity.
The Manta Dive
A manta ray show you won’t want to miss. These majestic marine animals can be seen in groups and are not too shy to glide past divers on their way to the cleaning stations. The pristine hard coral gardens make a fantastic addition to this thrilling dive. The months between April and November are considered to be the best time for this experience.
American Hellcat Fighter Plane
The plane is completely intact and lying in ten metres of water. A comprehensive history of the plane is available and the dive is high on the list for underwater photographers.
American Corsair Fighter Plane
The pilot of this plane crashed into the sea at great speed and the aircraft is in five recognisable large pieces around the 27 metre level. However the attraction is not only the wreck but the fantastic marine life on or around it. The reef slope back to the boat is interesting and has its own attraction in a bommie called clown fish city at the safety stop level.
Plum Pudding Island
Or Kennedy Island as it is known as, was named after the late US President who captained the PT109 during the Pacific War. This dive site offers shallow coral reefs for novice divers and great snorkelling, as well as deeper drift dives for the experienced.
The Beach Dive
For the devoted drift divers this can clock up to 1.2 kilometres. Start at the beach and watch the reef glide by on an armchair ride to a coral reef delight.
The ultimate drift dive. Drop down on the outside of Naru Wall and drift through the schools of fish that welcome you into the Gizo lagoon.
One Tree Island
This dive site would have to be one of the most beautiful reefs in the Gizo area. Multitudes of hard and soft corals, large gorgonian sea fans and multitudes of reef fish.
This small pinnacle, one of our discoveries in 1995, comes up to 5m from the oceans depths of 300-400m. On the swing of the tide, pelagic’s come into feed on the shoals of bait fish that congregate in and around this off-shore dive site. It is also the home of the most interesting pink iridescent anemone.
Although not originally found in Gizo Harbour, the plane still makes an interesting dive with resident lion fish.
Tokyo MARU 11
Sunk in 1988 after hitting a reef entering the Vona Vona Lagoon. This 100′ Japanese tuna fishing vessel is still completely intact with propeller and all equipment on board. The dive site is more advanced at 140′, positioned mid lagoon away from any reefs.
The yellow corner is an extension of Naru Wall. As you drift to the south along the wall, a large knoll extends out into the deeper water. This knoll is covered with small yellow soft corals. Out of all the dive sites we dive, this is the only one that features these iridescent yellow corals. For the more experienced diver, when the current is running.
Originally commissioned as the coastal patrol boat ML 805 during WWII. She was purchased and sunk in front of adventures sports dive shop as a ‘house reef’ for the purpose of training dives and easy access to night dives from the shore.
- Ghizo Island: Go by boat or walk to Saeraghi village along a scenic coast line to Gizo’s most famous beach.
- Stop at Gilbertese and Melanesian villages along the way, where traditional life still continues.
- Sail boat hire to enjoy a holiday at your own pace.
- Walking tours are a must with local story many Wilson Hivu, who will take you through his village and into the bush, discovering traditional foods, garden methods and medicines. With breathtaking views from Gizo’s hilltops you will conclude your walk at an historical site from days gone by, where elders of the village made custom money from fossilised clam shells.
- Kennedy Island: A beautiful small island where US President JF Kennedy and crew of the PT109 were shipwrecked during WWII. Great for snorkelling and beachcombing.
- Skull Island: A great day trip to step back in time to the days of head hunting, where you will visit a shrine composed of the skulls of chiefs and warriors. Travelling through the picturesque Vona Vona Lagoon and jungle river tour, the day is completed with lunch alongside the lagoon at Zipolo Habu Resort on Lola Island.
- Simbo Island: Bush walk, climb the volcanic crater, and watch the locals cook megadpode eggs in thermal ponds. A breath taking boat trip to Nusa Simbo viewing cascading vines and ferns down dramatic volcanic cliffs. This trip is dependent on favourable conditions.
- WWII Tours: For those interested in war history, you can visit an American Tank, Japanese Gun For and partially submerged wrecks, or just browse through our books and information folders accumulated from personal research in the US Naval Archives.
- Kolombangara: A large dormant volcano peak awaits the fit and adventurous trekker. Venture into a natural rainforest towards the breathtaking rim.
Gizo is located in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.
Fly into Gizo from Honiara (approx. 70 min flight).
Beachfront bungalows, hotels and resorts. Gizo in the Solomon Islands caters to all requirements and budgets.
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