Dive experience: Advanced certification and 40 logged dives are recommended for most cruises. Diving in some regions of both Papua New Guinea and the Solomons can be challenging with strong currents. Therefore we strongly recommend that you are comfortable with drift dives, negative entries and deploying an SMB.
Cruise price per person includes: Local hotel/airport transfers to/from the boat, cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 4 experienced dive guides, tanks, SMB, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (incl dive computer US$ 308 per week), port and park fees (7 nights - US$ 224, 10 nights - US$ 320, PNG transit trips - US$ 310), diving insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 200 per week), diving computer (US$ 78 per week), torch (US$ 100 per week), 13.2 litre tank (US$ 39 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Solomons PNG Master uses the dock at Tufi Resort for its Papua New Guinea trips. Tufi is located on the peninsula of Cape Nelson, Oro Province, and is served by Tufi Airport (TFI). There are short 50 minutes flights from the capital city Port Moresby (POM) with Airlines PNG. You can fly direct to PNG from Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Manila, Solomon Islands and Fiji. The national carrier is Air Niugini but several international airlines serve the airport.
The transit trips between PNG and the Solomon Islands run to and from Rabaul (PNG) and Munda (Solomons). In Rabaul, the boat operates from Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort, Kokopo, East New Britain. Rabaul Airport (RAB) has flights from several airports throughout PNG. In Munda, the boat operates from Agnes Lodge Dock in Western Province. There are direct flights to Munda Airport (MUA) from Honiara (HIR with Solomon Airlines. Visas on arrival/entry permits are often limited to airports and are not available at the sea ports. Therefore you must obtain any visas and permits that you require for both countries prior to the cruise in order to avoid issues during the cruise.
Transfers to/from local hotels and airports are provided. Boarding time on the first day is at 6 pm (boat departs within the next coupe of hours). Disembarkation is at 9 am on the final day (boat returns to port before 10 pm on the penultimate day). There will be 2 planned dives scheduled on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Diving Environment: Offering arguably the best diving in Australasia, Papua New Guinea (PNG) fully deserves to be added to your bucket list. The PNG dive sites are so pristine and remote that new marine species are still being discovered. There are vibrant coral atolls and walls, colourful barrier reefs, amazing WWII wrecks, and abundant wide-angle subjects for which the Indo-Pacific is famous. 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!
Water temperature is 26-30°C (79-86°F) in most areas. May, June, September, October and November have the calmest seas and best visibility (25-35m).
Visit our Solomon dive sites page for more information on diving in that nation.
Non-diver rate: 10% discount off the published price (this discount can not be combined with any other special offer).
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): There are 4 dedicated standard cabins available on the lower deck for single travellers, although you can reserve an upper deck cabin instead if you prefer. The single supplement is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay the supplement of 80% of the normal published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person can join in the lowest priced cabin free of charge (total 10+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 18 guests and 2 extra people can join in the lowest priced cabin free of charge.