Solomons PNG Master

Solomons PNG Master is a custom designed diving vessel with 12 cabins accommodating to 20 guests and a crew of 12 including your dive team, skipper, boat crew and chefs. The boats comfortable cabins are all located on the upper deck and have private en-suites.

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 adventure, reading a book from our library or just hanging out in air conditioned comfort.

Prefer to lounge outside? We provide various options: up top we have a large sun deck complete with loungers where you can catch some sun as the world goes by. On our second deck, we have an expansive covered seating area where you can just sit back and relax.

The dive deck has toilets, freshwater showers & freshwater rinse bins for equipment. Each station has ample storage for your equipment above and below your station. Two ladders access the dive platform provide easy access to and from the water. Most dives are done directly off the dive deck with a tender in the water for additional safety. Photography facilities are excellent.

​The Solomons PNG Master offers itineraries in the Solomon Islands, as well at Papua New Guinea.

The Solomon Islands comprise 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 of the Solomon Islands is hard to beat!

Offering arguably the best diving in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea (PNG) fully deserves to be added to your bucket list. PNG dive sites are so pristine and remote that new marine species are still being discovered. Pretty much anything can be spotted here: hammerheads, whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, and pilot whales. For macro lovers, there is also world-class muck diving. A dream destination for the adventurous diver!



 

Dive Sites- Solomon Islands

White Beach (Russell Islands)
– This location was home to a major American supply base during WWII. At the end of the war, an artificial reef was created by dumping trucks, jeeps, tractors, bulldozers and large amounts of ammunition.

Custom Caves (Russell Islands) – These volcanic caverns provide amazing photography opportunities as the sun beams through the rock. Lobster, eels and rays can often be found inside the caverns, while the entrance is covered in soft corals and fans.

Mary/Mborokua Island – This island is notable for an underwater point that commonly hosts schools of barracuda and trevally. Explore the cuts and caverns behind Jack Point or the Coral Gardens right below the boat.



Kavachi Korner
– All kinds of reef sharks are hanging out here, making for incredible diving. Listen for the rumble of Kavachi – an underwater volcano – that has been particularly active recently. Often, cracking and booming of explosions in the distance can be heard and felt underwater.

Mbulo Island – This island is surrounded by spectacular diving on all sides and six unique dive sites.  A gently sloping wall covered in fields of hard and soft corals invites you for a lazy drift along the bottom. Along the island, long swim-throughs in volcanic lava tubes allow for amazing photography opportunities.



Florida Islands
 The Florida Islands are known for some of the most amazing WWII history dives including one of several seaplanes.

Tulagi – The beautiful dive site of the Japanese Mavis Seaplane that sunk during one of the battles in WWII is located in Tulagi.



Dive Sites- Papua New Guinea

North New Britain
Kimbe Bay  – There are many outstanding dive sites in Kimbe Bay. To be exact, there are more than 190 reefs. All dives in this part of the world are exceptionally good. Kimbe Bay highlights include scalloped hammerhead shark, grey reef shark, white-tip reef shark, barracuda, and dolphin encounters. Moreover, Kimbe is celebrated for its colorful soft corals, fans and other wide-angle scenery.
Other top sites include a fully intact Japanese Zero fighter plane, and picturesque Restorf Island, where the scenery is equally good above and below the surface. A resident giant barracuda and some black tip reef sharks populate healthy reefs that have good split shot, wide angle, and macro opportunities.

Garove Island  This island, about 60km northwest of Kimbe Bay, was a large volcano in the past. The crater is now flooded with water (approx. 300 meters deep) and makes for some great diving around the island that was created within the volcano’s caldera. The land- and seascape are absolutely stunning!
You are in for big fish like barracudas, trevally, large dogtooth tuna, Spanish mackerel and sharks. It is famous for schooling fish and loads of soft corals as well as unusual critters. While less reliable than the reef dwellers, various marine mammals also make a regular appearance here, including pilot whales and several species of dolphin. To top it off, orcas and sperm whales occasionally make an appearance. Be always on the lookout for octopus, ribbon eels, mantis shrimp, and many a species of anemone fish.

Krakafat  Similar to other sites in the area there are schools of batfish, barracuda, and jacks. However, the quantity and density of the fish at Krakafat are unparalleled. Opportunities abound to get photos of soft corals with schooling fish in the background and photos of laid-back batfish. Keep your eyes out for reef cruising sharks and tunas

Wire Bay – This is a great macro site where you might find seahorses, ghost pipefish, shrimp, “nemo” fish, and an assortment of other critters.
Guests are responsible for their own dive profiles and for obtaining suitable dive insurance to cover all diving activities. We respectfully request our divers to stay within the bounds of their training, follow dive computer guidelines and make decompression stops where necessary.



South New Britain
Waterfall Bay – Coral bommies and white sand slopes with a great assortment of nudibranchs and flatworms, soft coral cowries, squat lobsters, pipefish, upside-down jellyfish, as well as a myriad of small crabs and shrimp plus a couple of octopus and cuttlefish.

Jacquinot Bay – Very little is known about diving here, which is the best and most exciting part of this itinerary for the adventurous diver. Let’s explore!

Linden Harbor/Lindenhafen  Mainly dives on a silty sand slope, where you can see ornate ghost pipefish everywhere. This area was great for critters as we also saw snake eels, dragonets, pipe fish, frogfish, orangutan crabs, blue boxer shrimp, quill worms, flatheads, sting fish, wasp fish, file clams, mantis shrimps, cuttlefish, ribbon eels, twin spot gobies, sea moths, ghost pipefish, plus lots of unusual nudibranchs including a giant melibe. In addition to the muck diving, there are a couple of really gorgeous walls where we saw eagle rays, sharks, bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, leaf scorpionfish, porcelain crabs, garden eels and lots of fire darts, often in big groups, not just in pairs.

Tavalo – Another remote and undiscovered diving area. Most likely, you will find hard coral walls and slopes. Chance of spotting big wahoos, turtles, cuttlefish, longnose hawk fish, squat lobsters, jaw fish, batfish, flying gurnards, eels, porcelain crabs, clownfish, nudibranchs, and more ghost pipefish.

 

 

Technical Specifications

Built in 2004

Size - 30m x 8m

Top speed -12 knots

Cruising speed - 11 knots

1800 HP MTU 2000 v12 engine

2 x 150 KW Cummins generators

2 x Bauer dive tank compressors

12 & 15 liter aluminium scuba tanks with INT valves

Enriched air nitrox

Electricity - 240V 24 hours per day

Water capacity - 30,000 liters

Fuel capacity - 20,000

Diving

DIN Adaptors

Nitrox available

Tech diving

Rebreather Support

Rinse hosts

Dive deck

Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English

Boat features

Audio & video entertainment

Library

Sun Deck

Indoor Saloon

Camera room with table and charging point

Charging stations

En-Suite bathrooms

Special: 

Taste of the Solomons - 30% off
Jan 15-22, 2019

WWII Wreck Week - 30% off
Jan 22-29, 2019

Solomon PNG Navigator Trips
Feb 16-26, 2019 - 20% off
Mar 15-25, 2019 - 30% off
Mar 25-Apr 4, 2019 - 15% off

Special Trip - 30% off
Mar 8-15, 2019

Book by Dec 31, 2018. New bookings only. Cannot be combined with other specials.