When: The ultimate month is July but August is also fab for diving.
Happenings: Top spot for wreck diving
Remember to Bring: Underwater diving gear and factor 40 for beach bathing.
Where it’s at
The coastline of Gizo island, part of the Solomon Island chain, is dotted with shipwrecks from the second world war. The Tao Maru just failed to make it to port after being torpedoed and the abandoned hulk is full of artefacts from everyday life on board.
July to August is the ideal time to go – it’s not unbearably hot and sticky and it’s when the more colourful public holidays happen.
Excellent site of Australian dive tour operators, with in depth info on dive destinations.
On-line diving magazine packed with diving facts.
By Jess Halliday
main image: Landsat composite image of the northwestern New Georgia Islands: Kolombangara, Gizo, Vella Lavella, Baga, and Ranongga in the Soloman Islands, South Pacific, from LANSAT