I had long wanted to visit the Solomon Islands since it is close to the equator and has some of the highest marine biodiversity in the world. The warm waters of the archipelago provide spawning grounds and migratory routes for over 1000 fish species, as well as homes for dolphins, dugongs, sharks, rays, crocodiles and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle.
These would be attractions enough but the islands also have a rich and fascinating history, and a huge concentration of WWII shipwrecks and plane wrecks. Some of the most intense fighting of the war occurred here between 1942 and 1945; over 70 years later there are many reminders of the battles fought, above and below water.
Author: Dave Abbott
Publisher: Dive New Zealand