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The Forgotten Corner – Solomon Islands: October 20-November 1, 2021

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The Forgotten Corner – what does that mean?  The Coral Triangle is the most bio-diverse marine waters in the world and we’re headed to the least explored region, the Solomon Islands.
Our adventure includes a week aboard the Solomons PNG Master, for the 7 night itinerary, Taste of the Solomons, plus 5 nights at Uepi Island Resort, home of world renown Marovo Lagoon.
Diving Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands comprises 992 islands, of which only 147 are inhabited. Situated to the southeast of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands are one of the most peaceful and beautiful areas of the Pacific. They also have some of the most pristine dive sites in the world. These are filled with innumerable unspoiled hard and soft corals because of the remote location and the limited number of divers. Indulge yourself exclusively in diving with pilot whales, various kinds of sharks, mantas and huge shoals of fish, right down to the macro wonders such as pygmy sea horses, nudibranchs and ghost pipefish. The marine diversity in Solomon Islands is hard to beat!

Solomon Islands are THE destination for the real diving fan looking for a change of scenery, completely off the beaten track. You will also find: wrecks, caverns, wide-angle reefs and large sea fans. Solomon Islands rival any other Indo-Pacific dive travel destination for coral reefs, marine life and diversity but without the tourist numbers.

Solomons PNG Liveaboard

Solomons PNG Master is a custom designed diving vessel with 12 cabins accommodating up to 20 guests and a crew of 12 including your dive team, skipper, boat crew and chefs. Inside she boasts a huge lounge and dining area with DVDs, large TVs and a dedicated camera area for our photographer guests. Spend time sharing your photos from your dive adventures, reading a book from our library or just chill out in air conditioned comfort.

Solomon Diving Itineraries

Offering both 7 and 10 nights, our itineraries encompass the best diving in Solomon Islands. Solomon Islands are THE destination for the real diving fan looking for a change of scenery, completely off the beaten track. Colorful, lush coral gardens, sea fans, decorative walls and caverns, combined with the most amazing marine life you have ever seen.

Wreck fans will get a thrill out of our special wreck itinerary. A significant number of Japanese and Allied Forces’ ships and planes ended up on the bottom of the Iron Bottom Sound near Honiara during WWII. Encrusted in corals and surrounded by a plethora of marine life, these wrecks are silent witnesses of some of the fiercest battles that took place in WWII.

Real adventurous and exploratory are our transit trips to and from Solomons & Papua New Guinea. Many a dive site in this itinerary has rarely or never been dived before. Discover the unrevealed dive treasures of this itinerary with Master Liveaboards on board the Solomons PNG Master!

The diving day aboard the Solomons PNG Master is scheduled as follows:

Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 3
Snack, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 4, where possible
Dinner

Visa Information

Most visitors do not require a visa prior to arrival. Check here for current visa requirements:

It is always suggested to check with the nearest Solomon Islands embassy or consulate if you have any question regarding entry requirements.

Yellow fever certificate requirements – check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Health Network and Centre’s HealthTravelPro website.

Proof of onward travel

You should be in possession of printed copy of a return or onward ticket.

Passport Validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months beyond the period you intend to stay in Solomon Islands.

Health

Malaria and other tropical disease are present in the Solomon Islands. We recommend consulting your doctor or health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures.

Please make sure you use insect repellent and cover exposed skin to prevent any insect borne diseases.

If you are traveling with medication, please ensure to bring your physicians prescription with you.

Please note: Some malaria prevention medications including mefloquine (brand name Lariam) have side effects which can mimic decompression sickness.

M/V Solomons PNG Master

Trip Package Includes:

  • Transfers between the local airport and the liveaboard on days of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Full board accommodation on the vessel based on double occupancy
  • Drinking water, soft drinks/sodas, tea, coffee, fruit juice
  • Up to 4 guided dives daily
  • Single 10.8 ltr (DIN/INT) cylinder with air fills, and lead weights

Trip Package Excludes:

  • International Flight from Denver (DEN) to Honiara (HIR)
  • Some transfers**
  • Equipment hire
  • Nitrox
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Crew and dive guide gratuities
  • Marine Park & Port Fees

Taste of the Solomons (7 nights)

Information Specific to This Itinerary

Embarkation & Disembarkation: Coral Sea Hotel, Honiara, Guadalcanal

Arrival & Departure Airport: Honiara International Airport (HIR)

Embarkation at 6:00 pm

Disembarkation at 8:00 am

Travel/Diving Insurance – You are responsible for obtaining the necessary dive and travel insurance. Diving insurance is mandatory for M/V Solomons PNG Master.

Dietary & Special Requirements – Please inform us well in advance about any dietary or special requirements you may have. We can cater for most requests as long as we are pre-informed well in advance.

Advanced Passenger Information (API)

We require the following information at least 8 weeks prior to your departure:

  • Name as it appears on your passport
  • Date and country of birth
  • Flight numbers & times (if not supplied by us) – please note that a mandatory 24-hour no fly period must be followed after your last dive
  • Passport number, nationality, and expiration date (passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of travel)
  • Current Diving Qualification & approximate number of dives logged.
  • Dive insurance details (name of insurer, policy number, emergency telephone number)
  • Emergency contact details (name & telephone number of someone you are not travelling with)

You can submit your API details on our websites https://blueotwo.com/passenger-info or https://wwdas.com/PassengerAPI.

Diving Qualifications

Please ensure you hold the correct diving qualification and number of logged dives for the itinerary you are booked onto. You will be required to present your dive qualification certification card and proof of a valid diving insurance policy on embarkation day.

Guests are responsible for their own dive profiles and must stay within the limits of their certification, follow dive computer guidelines and make safety stops.

Fit to Dive

Please ensure that you are fit to dive. As a condition of booking this holiday, you accept that it is a requirement to complete a medical statement upon arrival in resort. If you are unable to complete the statement as directed, you accept that you may not be able to take part in certain aspects of the holiday you have booked with us. The medical statement can be found on either of our websites at https://blueotwo.com/forms or https://wwdas.com/liabilityforms.html.

Please obtain a doctor’s note to clear you for diving, prior to arriving in resort, if you are unable to complete the statement as directed and/or have any symptoms that could be restrictive to your diving. We reserve the right to request that you obtain a medical examination if we are not satisfied with your statement. However, it may not be possible to do this in resort and therefore it is your responsibility to ensure you have a current doctor’s note (less than 1 year old) to clear you for diving prior to arrival.

On-board Extras and Add-Ons

  • Equipment rental & Nitrox – Please ensure that you have pre-ordered all the equipment and gases that you require for your trip.
  • Note all divers are required to dive with DSMB and a computer and are required to stay within the limits of it. A torch is required for all night dives.
  • Wet suits are not available to rent on board.

Note – On board sales ordered and paid in advance via our office do not incur extra fees. Be aware that purchases paid for with credit card on the vessels may be subject to an administration fee.

Accepted Payment Methods On-board

  • Cash Currencies: US Dollars (USD), SI: Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD)
  • Note: that due to the lack of banking facilities exchange rates for other currencies such as Euros (EUR), Bank of England Sterling (GBP) & Australian Dollars (AUD) are not favorable on-board.
  • Credit Cards: Visa & Master cards accepted with a 3% surcharge. Note that AMEX is not accepted on-board.

Crew and dive guide gratuities – Tipping is a matter of personal choice. You may wish to leave a tip if you feel the crew has made your holiday extra special. Tips are divided equally amongst all the crew including dive guides and only accepted in cash.

Local currency – It is common for local carvers to meet the vessel with their carvings and jewellry, which can make popular souvenirs for our guests. A small amount of local currency will be needed for these purchases (500 – 1,000 SBD). There is an ATM at the airport where you can withdraw SBD.

WELCOME TO UEPI ISLAND RESORT – The Solomon Islands
Almost one thousand tropical islands stretching in a gentle arc from the eastern end of Papua New Guinea to the northern reaches of Vanuatu. Dominated by ocean expanses, dense green rain forest, endless blue lagoons, stunningly diverse coral reefs, and prolific fish life. Populated by Melanesians and Polynesians, the majority of who live in traditional rural villages and utilise traditional skills, knowledge and ‘kastom’ in their daily lives.

Marovo Lagoon
Marovo Lagoon is the longest saltwater lagoon in the world. The two major volcanic islands of Vangunu and New Georgia bound it on its southern and western sides. The northern boundary consists of 130 kms of raised barrier reef with about 100 individual islands along its length. A smaller third volcanic island, Gatakae Island, occupies the southeastern corner. The inner lagoon also has numerous islands. With its many and complex terrestrial and marine habitats, the natural beauty and environment of Marovo Lagoon is outstanding.

Uepi Island
A classic raised barrier reef island, covered in impressive rainforest, outlined by fringing reef and sandy beach; flanked by the warm lagoon waters on one side, and the oceanic depths (6000ft/2000m) of “The Slot”, a deep marine abyss, on the other. Uepi Island is approximately 2.5 km long and 300 metres wide, and the whole area, aside from the resort’s cultivated tropical gardens, is covered with tropical rainforest interspersed with walking tracks. Uepi Resort is the only occupier of this remote island.

Uepi Resort Package Includes:

  • 5 nights in Beachfront or Garden Bungalows, or Guest Rooms (twin share)
  • All meals, domestic RT flight Honiara (HIR) to Seghe (EGM)
  • RT boat transfers – Return Seghe/Uepi/Seghe
  • Meet & Greet & inter terminal transfers in Honiara – return
  • 3 days of 2-tank boat dives
  • 1 day of 1-tank boat dive
  • 1 night boat dive
  • All government taxes and fees.

Uepi Resort Package Excludes:

  • Equipment hire
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Crew and dive guide gratuities
  • Marine Park & Port Fees

COMPLETE PACKAGE PRICING*:

All packages are for 12 nights; 7 nights aboard the Solomons PNG Master and 5 nights at Uepi Island Resort.  Complete package prices are shown below:

  • Solomons PNG Master Premium Cabin, Uepi Resort Beachfront Bungalow 5 nights – $5997
  • Solomons PNG Master Classic Cabin, Uepi Resort Garden Bungalow 5 nights – $5607
  • Solomons PNG Master Classic Cabin, Uepi Resort Guest Room 5 nights – $5577

All prices are based on double occupancy.  Prices for Uepi Island Resort are based on Australian Dollars, currently $100 AUD to $68 USD, so those rates may be subject to change.  Package price also includes domestic flight Honiara to Seghe, currently priced at $360 USD, subject to fare changes.

Payment Schedule:

Deposit:  $1000 to reserve your space

Subsequent Payment:  $1000 due on October 5, 2020

Subsequent Payment:  $1000 due on April 5, 2021

Final Payment:  Balance is due on July 5, 2021

Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.

For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance.  Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!

To purchase DAN dive accident insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Join DAN Today!, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

To purchase travel insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Purchase Travel Insurance?, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN

Some sunscreen ingredients are not safe for corals; these include oxybenzone. Research indicates that these chemicals can cause DNA damage to corals, promote viruses in corals, and contribute to the bleaching of corals. So that we can help protect our reefs, we encourage our guests to choose and use a sunscreen that is “coral safe”.

To purchase eco-friendly sunscreen products, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the Stream2Sea banner link, use code, “cleanreef” for a 10% discount.

** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **

Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received. Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.

* Credit card payments can expect an additional 3% (if US-based, otherwise for international fee, it is 4%) to be added to the final invoice for all payments made with credit cards. This fee covers the cost of PayPal. Checks are always welcome.

If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to askuntz@yahoo.com, or call at 719-322-6941. This exciting trip will fill up fast.

Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.

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