Solomons PNG Master Liveaboard, Solomon Islands & PNG - Bluewater Dive Travel

Solomons PNG Master

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Solomons PNG Master
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Destination: Solomon Islands & PNG

Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea (7 & 10 nights) | From $468++/night

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Solomons PNG Master liveaboard Quick Pitch

Solomons PNG Master (previously known as MV Taka) liveaboard is a custom designed diving vessel with 12 cabins accommodating up to 20 guests and a crew of 12 including dive guides skipper, boat crew and chefs.

 

Dive Overview

Solomon Islands is THE destination for the real scuba diving fan looking for a change of scenery, completely off the beaten track. You will also find wrecks, caverns, wide-angle reefs and large sea fans. PNG dive sites are so pristine and remote that new marine species are still being discovered. Pretty much anything can be spotted here: hammerheads, whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, and pilot whales.

Learn more about Solomon Islands Diving and Papua New Guinea Diving

 

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Accommodations

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Solomons PNG Master Cabin Overview

Solomons PNG Master has 12 cabins accommodating up to 20 guests. Comfortable cabins, all upper deck cabins have private en-suites.

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The cabins

 

SOLOMONS PNG MASTER CABIN AMENITIES

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Air conditioning 
  • Spacious diving platform
  • Separate Zodiac / Dhoni
  • Lounge / TV Area
  • Power socket adapters
  • Rebreather-friendly

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General Facilities

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The lounge & dive deck

 

Solomons PNG Master Boat Features

  • Indoor lounge
  • Plasma screen
  • Library & music
  • Indoor dining area
  • Personal item storage
  • Camera table
  • Charging station
  • Upper deck outdoor shaded area
  • Sundeck (un-shaded)
  • Cushioned loungers

 

Solomons PNG Master Dive Facilities

  • Dive deck with toilets, freshwater showers & freshwater rinse bins for equipment
  • Each station has ample storage for your equipment above and below your station
  • Two ladders access the dive platform to provide easy access to and from the water
  • Scuba equipment rental: Aqualung/ScubaPro
  • Tech diving friendly
  • Re-breather friendly

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Food & Drinks Aboard Solomons PNG Master

  • Full board: 3 meals plus snacks
  • Fresh coffee: Free
  • Black & herbal teas: free
  • Carbonated soft drinks: From $2
  • Fruit juices: Free
  • Beer: From $4
  • Wines & spirits: Prices vary

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Solomons PNG Master Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Solomons PNG Master Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include park and port fees, and taxes. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

 

Inclusions

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Diving and dive guides
  • Island tours
  • Transfers on departure and arrival days

 

Exclusions

  • Full dive equipment rental
  • Nitrox
  • Carbonated and alcoholic beverages
  • Master Liveaboards merchandise
  • Marine Park & Port Fees

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Important Note

Optional extras, Marine Park, Port fees and taxes payable on board the Solomons PNG Master are priced in USD. Solomons PNG Master accept cash payment on board in only USD and AUD. They accept Visa and Master card for payments on board and crew tips, but there is a 3% fee on credit card payments. 

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Solomon Itinerary Overview

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Offering both 7 and 10 nights, our itineraries encompass the best diving in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands are the destination for scuba divers looking for a change of scenery, completely off the beaten track. Colorful, lush coral gardens, sea fans, decorative walls and caverns, combined with the most amazing marine life you have ever seen.

Wreck fans will get a thrill out of our special wreck diving itinerary. A significant number of Japanese and Allied Forces’ ships and planes ended up on the bottom of the Iron Bottom Sound near Honiara during WWII. Encrusted in corals and surrounded by a plethora of marine life, these wrecks are silent witnesses of some of the fiercest battles that took place in WWII.

Real adventurous and exploratory are our transit trips to and from Solomons & Papua New Guinea. Many dive sites in this itinerary have rarely or never been dived before. Discover the unrevealed dive treasures of this itinerary with Master Liveaboards on board the Solomons PNG Master!

 

PNG ITINERARY OVERVIEW

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Offering arguably the best diving in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea (PNG) fully deserves to be added to your bucket list. PNG dive sites are so pristine and remote that new marine species are still being discovered. Pretty much anything can be spotted here: hammerheads, whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, and pilot whales. For macro lovers, there is also world-class muck diving. A dream destination for the adventurous diver!

Two itineraries in New Britain and one in New Hanover have been carefully handpicked to ensure you will experience only the best possible diving in Papua New Guinea.

Real adventurous and exploratory are our transit trips to and from Solomons & Papua New Guinea. Many dive sites in this itinerary have rarely or never been dived before. Discover the unrevealed dive treasures of this itinerary with Master Liveaboards on board the Solomons PNG Master!

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Built: 2004
  • Length: 30 meters
  • Breadth: 8 metres
  • Draft: 3 meters
  • Construction material: Steel
  • Engines: 1800 HP MTU; 2000 vl2 engine
  • Cruising speed: 11 knots
  • Generators: 2 x 150kw
  • Water storage: 30 litres
  • Cabins: 12
  • Number of guests: 20
  • Number of crew: 13 (including dive team, skipper, boat crew and chefs)

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+10 (PNG) & UTC+11 (Solomons)
  • Local Currency: PGK (Papua New Guinean Kina) & SBD (Solomon Islands Dollar)
  • Language Spoken: English
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (USD or AUD), Visa and Master card

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Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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Reviews (3)

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I went on 2 trips, both were 10 days. The first was their first Discovery trip going from Solomons to PNG. The next one was the best of. I loved the staff. So helpful, friendly, and informative. We had fish and coral ID presentations and history ones on the significance of each wreck we dived. The corals were beautiful, and marine life pristine. Not much in the way of big stuff here, except for the dolphins that would ride on the bow of the boat.

For me, it was just enough wrecks, so it did not dominate the itinerary. For those of you who are wreck fanatics, they do wreck only trips too.

My only issue with the boat is that only the upper rooms have bathrooms in the room. They also have the least amount of space to put your clothes and toiletries. Though the second trip I had my own room, so not as bad of an issue.
The dive deck was nicely spaced. Divemasters were excellent.

The village tours were heartwarming and interesting. It was wonderful to see the relationship the staff had with the local children and villagers. The food was really good. I loved the dug out canoes that would bring us our produce.

Overall, a fabulous time! I would go back again, especially that they have so many regions for different diving, including into PNG.

Visited on 06/2019 - Submitted on 05/18/2020
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A great trip. The diving was very good. Capably led by Mossy and Lacy. Extra effort to ensure we were comfortable and safe. Loved their enthusiasm both in and out of the water. The boat crew were fantastic. Very friendly and couldn't be more helpful. Dive facilities were first class. The land visits were very enjoyable and the Islanders were great fun and seemed to enjoy our visit as much as we did. Meals on board were very good. Lots of variety and tasty. Now trying to shed a few kgs I gained on the trip.
The diving could have included a couple more WW2 wrecks as the area had such an impact on the outcome of the war.

Anyone booking in should consider taking some clothing packs for the locals - particularly kids clothing.

Overall a great trip

Visited on 06/2016 - Submitted on 07/04/2016
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The ten day trip with Taka was my first livaboard experience and I had a wonderful time. The diving was exceptionally good, 4-5 dives per day, each one at different locations depending on the conditions. The captain and dive guide consulted with the guests on what we would like to see, and did their best to plan dives that would deliver. We experienced a few days of bad weather but we were still able to dive some terrific spots around the Russell Islands and the Floridas. We did a couple of village visits that I found interesting as they provided an opportunity to experience remote Solomon Island village life in locations not easily accessible.
I found the boat and accomodation to be comfortable. I was fortunate to have a cabin to myself so I had plenty of room.
The dive gear and facilities were all first rate. Plenty of room for getting geared up and ready, then after the dive step into one of the hot showers. The crew were friendly and relaxed and clearly know the islands, anchorages and dive sites very well. The local boys were happy to talk about their culture and answer any questions.
I have to make special mention of the food, which was outstanding and plentiful. Every meal was delicious, healthy and fresh. Solomon Islands is not known for cuisine but Taka should be!
I had a wonderful trip and did plenty of diving in some of the best locations of one of the best dive destinations in the world. We dived pristine reefs, caves, and wrecks. We saw every kind of fish and shark native to the region. The Taka live aboard experience is definitely for the keen diver. I did 44 great dives in ten days and look forward to my next trip!

Visited on 04/2016 - Submitted on 05/26/2016

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