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Solomon Islands by Liveaboard

Venture off the beaten path to discover one of the Coral Triangle's hidden gems on this liveaboard snorkeling trip through the Solomon Islands.

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Overview

  • See abundant hard and soft corals, schooling fish, macro life, and sea turtles, and look for sharks, rays, and more.
  • Dramatic volcanic islands offer mangrove snorkels and jungle hikes.
  • Our flexible itinerary gives maximum freedom to go where the conditions are best, with night snorkeling opportunities too.
  • During transits to snorkel sites we will conduct whale and dolphin surveys led by biologist Benjamin Kahn, increasing our opportunities for whale encounters.

The remote Solomon Islands offer some of the most under-appreciated and unique snorkeling in the entire Pacific. The walls, reefs, pinnacles, and coral gardens throughout the islands harbor an impressive array of soft and hard corals. High fish and invertebrate variation allow for diverse wildlife sightings including nudibranchs, pipefish, pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimp, rays, sea turtles, and sharks.

Our liveaboard trip allows you to explore the islands' marine habitats in depth, with guided snorkeling daily and mangrove and night snorkels offered too. Stops on land offer bird viewing and the chance to learn about the islands' many indigenous cultures. Our trip is aboard a 125-foot motor vessel featuring 10 deluxe cabins with complete en suite facilities. Scuba options are available too!

We will be joined on board by Benjamin Kahn, a marine ecologist specializing in cetaceans, who will help to maximize our chances of encountering as many whale and dolphin species as possible. Using a combination of visual surveys and hydrophones for underwater listening, the crew will be organized into "observation teams" to attempt to locate whales and dolphins as we transit between snorkel sites. Benjamin will also give presentations throughout the cruise to help interpret the cetacean behaviors we may observe and to provide background about the ecology of these remarkable creatures. If deemed appropriate, we may also have the opportunity to snorkel with some of the whales—an unforgettable experience. While whale and dolphin sightings cannot ever be guaranteed, this cruise offers a high probability to see several species up close.

Read our trip leaders' reports from the 2016 Solomon Islands by Liveaboard program:

Trip Dates & Cost

2017: April 29–May 9. From $6,890 per person + park/harbor fees.*

* Single supplement fee is $3,995 (limited quantities). Trip prices do not include international airfare. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.

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Naturalist

Wayne Sentman is our director of conservation travel programs and an Oceanic Society naturalist since 1998. He is an experienced guide with a diverse background in marine mammal, seabird, and marine debris research. Wayne also co-teaches undergraduate field programs in Kenya on human-wildlife conflict and on the use of social media and art to raise public participation in conservation. He recently received a Master's in Environmental Management from Harvard University.

Benjamin Kahn is a cetacean researcher and director of the Coral Triangle Oceanic Cetacean Program for APEX Environmental. He is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Centre of Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Benjamin first worked with Oceanic Society in 2015 aboard our Raja Ampat: Snorkeling and Whale Watching expedition.

Keoki Stender is a native Hawaiian photographer, educator, diving industry specialist, and owner of marinelifephotography.com, a popular species identification resource for Hawaii and beyond. He studied marine science and botany at the University of Hawaii and shares this passion as a guest speaker and volunteer educator for many organizations. Keoki is a PADI scuba instructor with more than 25 years of experience in the dive industry.

Itinerary

Day 1: Honiara
Embark from Honiara

Day 2-10: Exploring Solomon Islands
Flexible daily itinerary to Russell Islands, Marovo Lagoon, WW2 wrecks, Florida Islands

Day 11: Honiara
Disembark in Honiara

Accommodations

The MV Bilikiki.

In 1989 MV Bilikiki sailed as the first full service luxury live aboard dive vessel in the Solomon Islands. She was also one of the first in the world to offer private showers and toilets in every cabin. MV Bilikiki has 10 deluxe cabins, all with a double bed below and single above. Her large size and a hull that was built for South Pacific seas are two main reasons why guests from around the world still say that "the Bilikiki" is one of the most spacious and comfortable vessels that they have travelled on.

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