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SOLOMON ISLANDS : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions


How many dives will we do?

We will be diving for 10 whole days. What normally happens is that anything deeper than 65m we only do one dive a day. There will be opportunities at times to do shallower wrecks if appropriate. Because of the nature of most of the wrecks are in deep water we really need to be conservative in our diving operations. We normally work on getting into the water round 8:30am. Afternoon dives (if conducted) normally start round 2pm. This gives everyone a good surface interval and long dive.

What about run-times?

Dive planning is left to you. There are no restrictions in run times (within reason!!). The thing that we take very seriously is safety, so please consider your dive times conservatively. If you want to do a 4 hour runtime then we just plan for it.

What dive equipment should I bring?

Your trip fees include the use of all stage deco tanks, weight belt and weights if you need them. We have also provided breather tanks (this is at a surcharge of us$20 a day for 2 breather tanks = us$200 for the trip). This is payable to Pete. We have 80 deco stage clip set ups so no need to bring your own. You will need to pay for the gas you use, Helium is $0.15 per liter, and Oxygen $0.06 per liter We have also shipped adequate sorb out based on what people have specified they need for their diving. Sorb will be on a pay as you go basis. The sorb will be stored onboard so it will be based on the honesty system where if you take a tub just put your name down and settle the bill directly to Pete at the end of the trip. Helium is only charged at what you have used. We have standard mixes so if you want some exotic mix, and this cant be used for other operations, then you will be up for the cost of this in its entirety.

What exposure protection is required?

Water temperatures are round 28-30 degrees Centigrade (86 degrees F) It is our recommendation that you bring a FULL length suit. 2mm or Fourth element thermocline gear. You will need the full length suit for scratch and abrasion protection. A scratch turns into a septic mess if untreated in the tropics and seeing you will be wet a lot of the time it doesn’t give your wounds time to heal properly, so if you protect yourself that is much better than having this festering mess on your body causing discomfort! Also bring some silk socks or Fourth Element thermocline socks to put under your booties. This will prevent rubbing and blisters forming.

What language Is spoken?

Everyone speaks English but if you learn a few local Pigeon English phrases, you'll probably get a big smile in return!

What is the climate like?

Everyone wants to go at the “best time” of year and the brochures never show rainy conditions do they? But the tropics are green because it rains a lot! And these days global weather patterns are ever changing so seasons are not predictable anymore. So expect blistering, hot, oily calm days followed by rain squalls and windy choppy conditions. In short, its the tropics! A good recommendation would be to bring a light waterproof jacket - and plenty of sunblock!

Currency

The currency is the Solomon dollar. Major credit cards and travelers checks are also widely accepted. There is a number of banks in Honiara. If you don’t want to carry cash you can take travelers cheques.  All bills for the trip will need to be settled in US dollars please. If from outside US, take some money in traveller cheques take some cash to pay for your Sorb and CCR tank hire. Book up all your food and drinks at hotel to your room and pay for it on your credit card .

What power supplies are used?

The vessel has 240 volts throughout the ship. All plugs are the Australian/New Zealand plug fittings.

Have a good look at your charger requirements you will probably find that their input is from 100-240 volts and be ok for the trip. You will need adaptors. What I did last time was brought a multibox with me so I only needed one adaptor and everything else just plugged into the multibox! This proved to be invaluable.

What should I bring to wear?

Dress is casual, shorts and t-shirts are fine.

Anything else I should bring?

In our tropical climate, you will want protection from the sun - sunscreen and hats. You will need to bring your own toiletries (toothpaste shampoo etc) The vessel provides towels for showing and diving too. Good footwear, insect replant, a light shower proof jacket will also be useful.

Any other fees or extra costs I should be aware of?

The airport departure fee is $20. This has to be paid at the airport so make sure you have $20 USD cash left.

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