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MV Solomons Master

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At a glance...
  • Several Solomons cruise routes
  • Solomon-PNG transit trips
  • Rebreather-friendly
  • Some cabins with private bathrooms
  • Steel hulled yacht

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The Solomons Master is a 30m steel hulled liveaboard operating various dive cruise routes in the Solomon Islands, as well as transit trips to neighbouring Papua New Guinea. Both these countries are located in the Coral Triangle and therefore boast the ultimate in marine diversity. The regions are so remote that new species are still being discovered!

The vessel is a custom designed dive vessel with 12 cabins accommodating up to 20 guests and a crew of 12. The boat was previously named ‘Taka’ and operated cruises on the Great Barrier Reef for 30 guests, so you can be assured that there will be plenty of space onboard. The cabins located on the lower deck are comfortable twin and single bed with shared bathroom facilities. The upper deck cabins offer a choice of fixed double and twin beds, all with private en-suite bathrooms.

There is a huge lounge with a dining area, DVD players and large TVs, and a dedicated camera area for photographers. Share your photos from your dive adventures, read a book from the boat library, or just chill out in the air conditioned comfort. If you prefer to be outside in the sunshine, there is a large sun deck complete with loungers, and an expansive covered seating area on the main deck where you can just sit back and relax.

The dive deck has toilets, freshwater showers, rinse tanks, and diver stations with ample storage space. There are 5 toilets with hot showers on the dive deck to cut down on waiting for your post-dive rinse. Most dives are done directly off the dive deck, with a tender in the water and nearby for additional safety. There are 2 ladders on the dive platform to provide easy access to and from the sea.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Dive experience: Advanced certification and 40 logged dives are recommended for most tours on the Solomons PNG Master. However, the special dedicated wreck cruises require advanced certification and 75 logged dives. We strongly recommend that you have previous experience and are comfortable with drift dives, negative entries and deploying an SMB. Diving in some parts of both the Solomons and Papua New Guinea can be challenging with strong currents. While the wrecks on the wreck itineraries are within recreational limits, it would be highly beneficial to be qualified to dive to at least 40m and to have experience of wreck penetration.

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, 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$ 175, 10 nights - US$ 250, 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 day), torch (US$ 100 per day), 13.2 litre tank (US$ 39 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The Solomons Master uses 3 ports for its trips in the Solomons:
Honiara - Coral Sea Resort in the capital city of the Solomon Islands is the principal port used. Its airport (HIR) has international flights to/from Nadi in Fiji, Brisbane in Australia, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, and Port Vila in Vanuatu. The major airlines are Solomon Airlines, Virgin Australia, Fiji AIrways, Air Niugini, and Qantas.
Munda - Agnes Lodge Dock in the Western Province of the Solomons is used for some itineraries. There are daily direct domestic flights to Munda Airport (MUA) from Honiara with Solomon Airlines that take just over an hour.
Rabaul - Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort is located in Kokopo, East New Britain, Papua New Guinea and is used for the PNG-Solomon transit trips. Rabaul Airport (RAB) has flights from several airports throughout PNG, including the capital city Port Moresby (POM).
Transfers are provided from local hotels/airports. Boarding time on the first day is at 6 pm, with the boat leaving port within the next 2 hours. The boat returns by 10 pm on the penultimate day and disembarkation is at 9 am on the last 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.
For the transit trips between Solomon Islands and PNG - Visas on arrival/entry permits are often limited to airports and are not given out in sea ports. Therefore you must secure the visas or permits that you might require for both countries prior to the cruise in order to avoid visa issues during the trip.

Non-diver rate: 10% discount off the published price (discount can not be combined with any other special offer).

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the normal published price for their own cabin. There are 4 dedicated standard cabins available on the lower deck for this purpose, although single travellers could reserve an upper deck cabin too if they prefer.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and 1 additional person can join free of charge in the lowest priced cabin (total 10+ guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 18 guests and 2 additional persons can join free of charge in the lowest priced cabin.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 12 cabins onboard. 6 cabins are located on the upper deck, all with ensuite bathrooms. 1 is a Premium cabin with a double bed, and 5 are Classic cabins with a lower double bunk bed and upper single bed. The 6 cabins on the lower deck share 5 bathroom facilities on the main deck. 2 are twin share cabins with 2 sets of bunk beds, and 4 are single cabins with twin bunk beds.

All the cabins have:
  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin (Premium and Classic cabins only)
  • Windows and portholes on upper deck
  • Bath towels
  • Bedding
  • Cabinet and shelves
  • Fire warning system
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Life jackets
  • Mains outlet 220 volts (Australian style sockets) - 24 hours per day
  • Luggage space
No. of bathrooms / showers - 11 / 13 - hot water

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