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Solomon PNG Master, Solomon Island Liveaboard

Solomon PNG Master

  • Nitrox
  • CCR
  • Internet
  • Camera Station
  • Charging Station

Solomon PNG Master is a 30 meter (100 foot) monohull liveaboard dive vessel. Built in 2004 and custom designed for diving, the vessel offers the best liveaboard accommodation in Solomon Islands.  She is spacious inside and out and in addition to generously sized cabins, MV Taka has lots of shared space both inside and out for lounging and mingling. All upper deck cabins have en-suite toilets and showers. All rooms are also fully air-conditioned. The large and open dive deck offers excellent storage capacity for all of your dive gear. The Vessel has specifically designed camera facilities to ensure your delicate equipment is treated gently.
Solomon Islands is located in the Coral Triangle region and is recognized as the global center of biodiversity and a global priority for conservation. With 992 Islands, Solomons is known for diversity. Divers can explore macro life including a wide variety of nudibranchs, darts and pygmy seahorses along with large pelagic life including mantas, sharks and tunas.  Diving may be along long shear walls, through caverns and caves, above beautiful coral bommies or in quiet lagoons.

Accommodation

  • 1 Master Suite

    The Master Suite is the largest cabin on board equipped with double bed, private sitting area, lots of storage and a full ensuite bathroom.

  • 2 Deluxe Cabin

    There are 5 Deluxe rooms, 4 with a double bed and a twin bunk above, and 1 has two twin bunks. Each cabin has a small seating area, ample storage and a full ensuite bathroom.

  • 3 Standard Cabin

    These comfortable 4 rooms are located on the lower deck, each has two twin bunks and a storage cabinet. Five bathrooms, located on mid deck, are equipped with toilet, sink and shower are shared.

  • 4 Quad Cabin

    Two cabins are available on a quad share basis. These cabins may also be booked as twin share at standard pricing. Five bathrooms, located on the mid deck each equipped with toilet, sink and shower are shared.

Dining

Meals are always important when you are travelling and diving, so the galley staff do their best to produce quality and tasty meals and snacks. Three warm and hearty meals are served daily and snacks are always ample. The menu will include a selection of local vegetables, pork, beef, fresh fish (often caught right off the boat), chicken, pasta, rice, homemade bread, scones, biscuits and of course, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and all the usual condiments to complete the meal. Galley staff are also prepared to assist with special menu requirements, but we request notification of such needs well in advance of the departure date, to ensure that arrangements can be made and supplies obtained. The bar is fully stocked with spirits, beer and wine. Soft drinks are also available. There is a charge for bar drinks and soft drinks.

Diving

Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions offers up to 5 dives per day – including a dusk or night dive on most evenings.  The vessel has 2 large dive tenders and a maximum 6 guests per dive guide.

  • Nitrox 7 Nights Trip 200$
  • Nitrox 10 Nights Trip 250$
  • Nitrox per Dive 10$

Dive Courses

Solomon PNG Master offers training from OW, AOW and a number of speciality classes.  Please ask for details at the time of reservation.

  • PADI Open Water Referral 350$
  • PADI Advanced Open Water 350$
  • PADI NItrox Course 325$
  • PADI Specialty Courses 220$

Equipment Rental

Equipment rental price are based per day.

  • Full set 44$
  • Regulator 15$
  • BCD 15$
  • Dive Computer 12$
  • Snorkeling equipment 10$
  • Torch 10$
  • 12 Liter Tank 15$

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Shaded Deck Area
  • Diving Deck
  • Camera Station
  • Charging Station
  • Camera Rinse Tank
  • Library
  • Dive Tenders

Services

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • Land Tours
  • Audio & Video Entertainment

Activities

Solomon PNG Master offers year-round diving cruises around Solomon Islands.

Boat Features & Safety Equipment

Build 2004
Length 30 m
Beam 8 m
Top Speed 12 knots
Cruising Speed 11 knots
Engine 1800 HP MTU 2000 v12
Maximum guests 22
Cabins 12
Crew 12
Satellite Phone Yes
Safety Equipment life rafts, lifejackets, lifebuoys, fire alarm, fire extinguisher, search lights, oxygen, EPIRB
Communication Ship’s phone, satellite phone and email, Icom UFH Radio
Navigation Radar, Transas Plotter, GPS, Depth Sounder
Tenders 2

Cruise Price Includes

Airport or hotel transfers
On-board accommodation
Meals and snacks
Diving, weights and belt, standard tanks and air fills
Experienced English speaking divemasters

Cruise Price Excludes

Kastom Fee
Bar drinks
Nitrox
12l tanks upgrade
Gear hire
Diving or travel insurance
Gratuities
Personal purchases

  • 7 Nights / 24 Dives Taste of Solomon Islands

    Combine two of our favorite island groups - Florida Islands and Russell Islands - into one amazing Central Province trip and, weather permitting, top it off with an outstanding day at Mary Island for an adventure of a lifetime.
    We will begin our expedition with a westward cruise out of Honiara. One of our first stops in the Russell Islands will be the world famous Leru Cut. This canyon juts almost 100m into the island and opens up in the jungle offering spectacular photo opportunities for silhouettes. Outside of the cut is a fabulous wall teeming with fish life. From there we will explore Mirror Pond with its many swim-throughs and Bat Cave with, you guessed it, a resident bat colony. From the Russell Islands, we continue on to Mary Island (weather depending). Mary Island is notable for an underwater point that commonly hosts large schools of barracuda and trevally along with a beautiful coral garden full of nudibranchs and pipefish right below the boat. We will travel back through the Russell Islands and explore more of the wall and points on the eastern side looking for everything from dartfish to mantas ... one of our favorite sites here is called Fish Market because of the huge schools of fusiliers and anthias. We finish our adventure in the Florida Islands with an exploration of the walls and some of the amazing WWII history dives including one of several Seaplanes.
    Along the way, we stop at some of the smaller islands and visit remote local villages. Come shop for produce for our meals or check out the local carvings. You might even be able to catch a game of football with the local village children!

  • 7 Nights / 22 Dives Explore WWII History Through Wrecks And Battlefield Tours

    2017 is the 75th anniversary of WWII and we are honoring this event with the introduction of a very special itinerary - a 7 night WWII Wreck Week to help keep history alive.
    We start our cruise in the Florida Islands, focusing on the island of Tulaghi.  This was one of the most significant bases for the Japanese during the war and the scene of several major battles.  As part of the 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, minesweepers and heavy cruisers.  In addition, we will explore the town of Tulaghi to see some of the battlegrounds.
    We will travel eastward towards the Russell Islands to explore White Beach, a key American re-provisioning area during WWII.  When the US Military left, they dumped much of the machinery and equipment here making this a treasure hunt dive where you can find trucks, jeeps and discarded ammunition.
    Finally, we will return to Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands.  Here we will explore cargo ships, planes and submarine as well exploring above water with a tour of one of the most interesting outdoor museums full of machinery and remnants from the war..
    Many of the wrecks in the Solomon Islands are considered deep dives.  In fact, a number of them are far below recreational limits.  Wrecks on this trip are all within recreational limits.  Divers must have an Advanced Open Water certificate or higher.  Deep and wreck diving training or experience is strongly recommended. Penetration diving will be limited to those with appropriate certifications.

  • Best Of Solomons 10 Nights / 36 Dives

    This amazing journey gives you the very best of the Solomon Islands diving. You will experience the Florida Islands, Russell Islands, Mary Island and the incredible Marovo Lagoon.
    We will begin our expedition with a westward cruise out of Honiara. One of our first stops in the Russells' will be the iconic Leru Cut and Mirror Pond. Here you have the opportunity to dive among cuts and caverns and explore the beauty of these amazing volcanic islands. We continue west to Marovo Lagoon, the world's finest double-barrier lagoon and a World Heritage Site. Known for the some of the world's most biodiverse and healthy reefs, Marovo offers diving among coral gardens and along sheer walls. We loop back to Mary Island, properly known as Mborokua. which is notable for an underwater point that commonly hosts schools of barracuda and jacks. Occasionally divers are lucky enough to hear the rumbling of a nearby underwater volcano, Kavachi.  We may spend a bit more time at the Russell islands before we finish our adventure in the Florida Islands with an exploration of Mbike and Sandfly Passage. The currents here mean manta ray sightings are possible. Tulagi, the main port, is also historically significant as a WWII base offers diving among WWII wrecks and artifacts.
    Along the way, we stop at some of the smaller islands where you can enjoy some time on the beach or visit remote local villages. Come shop for produce for our meals or check out the local carvings. You might even be able to catch a game of football with the local village children!

  • Secret Solomons 11 Nights / 30 Dives

    Our newest itinerary - this trip includes diving at some of our favorite spots and also new sites that have only been explored by intrepid few.  Your trip includes 7 nights on board our liveaboard Taka traveling from Honiara to the far western reaches of Solomons.  Once there you will transfer to peaceful Agnes Gateway Hotel for an additional 4 days of exploration with Dive Munda before returning to Honiara by flight.
    Trip Includes:
    7 Nights/26 dives on board Taka - accommodation, meals, diving
    4 nights accommodation at Agnes Lodge in Ibibu Cottage/Wing with meals
    3 days/6 dives with Dive Munda
    Village visit to Karamulon Village, Skull Island Guided Tour, Peter Joseph Outdoor WWII museum
    Beach visit, Kastom lunches and other special stops along the way
    Flight - one way between Munda and Honiara
    All transfers - Airport to Taka, Taka to Agnes Lodge, Agnes Lodge to Airport
    Excluded from Trip:
    Kastom fees on board Taka ($25USD per night)
    Reef Fees at Dive Munda ($20AUD per dive day)
    Nitrox, personal purchases, gear hire, gratuities

    This itinerary is also offered in reverse - check the schedule for details.