Tourism is only starting to discover this precious part of the Pacific. Travelling to the Solomon Islands remains an adventure even today, but those who make the effort will not be disappointed. The islands have a well deserved reputation as being amongst the world’s best destinations for scuba divers and snorkellers.
Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud – lies like a jewel in the South Pacific Ocean. The variety of diving that New Zealand offers is simply stunning, and the geographical diversity also offers the non-diver plenty of options.
Micronesia & Palau
With more ocean than land, some of Micronesia’s best sights are underwater. There are more than 2000 islands spread over five million kilometres of the Pacific, many of which do not appear on world maps. Each island group has its own culture and character as well as diving highlights including manta rays, sharks and wrecks.
Known as the soft coral capital of the world, the islands of Fiji have a huge range of quality dive sites and plenty of top side adventure. The amazingly divers marine life includes large pelagic species, cetaceans, thousands of fish, hundreds of corals and an infinite variety of macro life.
Vanuatu is an archipelago of 83 islands with a unique blend of intact tribal communities, resorts, beaches and geography, ranging from accessible volcanoes to pristine underwater environments, offering unique and memorable experiences.
The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago of over 170 islands relatively unchanged since its discovery in the 17th century. A culturally authentic destination with a relaxing pace of life, there is plenty to experience here. Only a fraction of the reefs have been explored, offering divers plenty to discover.
French Polynesia, or Tahiti after the largest island, is a paradise in the middle of the South Pacific, a blend of French chic and Pacific charm. The 118 islands are as varied as they are numerous, coral atolls and volcanic peaks, coconut fringed beaches and tumbling waterfalls – all fringed by beautiful aqua blue coral reefs.
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea, also known as the ‘land of the unexpected’, is one of the most exciting, remote and adventurous places on the planet. Here you will find deep and shallow reefs, coral walls, sheer drops, atolls, passages, lagoons and an incredible number of wrecks. We recommend as much time as possible to explore this adventurous destination.
Australia boasts numerous world-class diving opportunities along its expansive coastline including the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo, Rowley Shoals and great white shark encounters in South Australia, all best explored by liveaboard. Further afield visit Christmas Island, an Australian outpost famous for its whale sharks and red crab migration.