|Return flights ex. Brisbane to Honiara flying with Solomon Airlines Australian departure taxes and applicable airline taxes ($200 & subject to change)|
|7 nights twin share Standard cabin (with shared facilities) accommodation aboard the “MV Solomon's Master”|
|All meals, tea, coffee, fruit juice, aboard the “MV Solomon's Master”|
|Up to 4 dives per day, including night dives, tanks, weights, belts plus dive guide services|
|Return airport transfers in Honiara|
Explore WWII history through wrecks and famous battlefields around Guadalcanal.
One of the beacons in this exciting itinerary is the island of Tulaghi in the Florida Islands. This used to be one of the most important bases for the Japanese during the war and the scene of several significant battles. As part of the notorious Guadalcanal Campaign, these battles are considered the turning point of WWII in the South Pacific. Here, we will dive both Japanese and American seaplanes, cargo ships, and the heavy cruiser USS Minneapolis as well as the minesweeper RNZN Moa. In addition, we will visit battlegrounds and some of the Japanese caves in the town of Tulaghi.
Meanwhile in the Russell Islands, White Beach was a key American re-provisioning area during WWII. When the US Military left, they dumped heaps of machinery and equipment here making this a very interesting dive where you can find trucks, jeeps and discarded ammunition.
On the way back to the capital Honiara of the Solomons, we will explore not only wrecks of several cargo ships and planes but also the I-1 Submarine. This Japanese submarine played a role in the Pearl Harbour attack before heading to the South Pacific. Eventually, she was damaged and forced on to the reef by RNZN Moa. To conclude this WWII itinerary in style, we visit in- and outdoor war museums near Honiara.
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Honiara is located in the Guadalcanal Province. It is the capital of the Solomon Islands and the gateway for international visitors to the rest of this beautiful tropical island nation.
Before the Second World War, Honiara did not exist as the town we know today. This bustling municipality was developed around U.S. military headquarters established during the Second World War. U.S. presence in the area boosted Honiara’s infrastructure, which triggered the British Government to name it the country’s capital after the war in 1952. The Solomon Islands was a protectorate of Britain from 1893 until independence was declared in 1975. This elected urban centre still thrives and is considered the primary hub for business and commerce for the whole country.
During WWII and the U.S. occupation of the area, American and Japanese troops clashed in Honiara during the Guadalcanal Campaign and the Battle of Henderson Field. America emerged as victorious and subsequently set up base in the area for the rest of the war. As a result, the area hosts a swathe of WWII sites, including abandoned military equipment and war machines both above and below the surface.
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