Solomon Dive Adventures -- Morovo Lagoon
Solomon Dive Adventures -- Dive Marovo

TRAVEL INFORMATION

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GETTING HERE

Most of our guests arrive via Solomon Airlines.  Our airstrip at Seghe (EGM), with two flights here most days,  is a lovely 70-90 minute boat ride away depending upon load and weather. TRANSFER FEE is $1200 SBD for the boat for the first two people, $100 SBD for each additional person.. .

LOCAL FERRIES

More of our guests  now chose to save quite a bit of money and come via one of the local ferry boats.
There are two boats.  Fair Glory and Anjeanette that stop here weekly.  THE FIRST STOP FOR BOTH  SHIPS IS BUNIKALO WHARF.  THAT  IS US.  We’re  a 10 minute run from there and we’ll be waiting for you there.

ANJEANETTE leaves Honiara Saturday night, arriving here around 7 AM  on Sunday.  She arrives here Monday night on her return trip to Honiara.  She has NO private accommodations- “First Class” is simply an open air conditioned room.  You have to stake out your space on the deck

FAIR GLORY is far and away the nicer of the two boats with a private air conditioned cabin that accommodates up to 6 people.  Price for that is $1500.  They are quite meticulous about keeping the toilets clean -- important on a long trip.  She leaves Honiara at 9 AM Sunday, arriving here around 7 PM.  She returns here Tuesday around 7 PM en route to Honiara.

Pick up and return fee is $200, each way.
 

 We do our best to hold the line but THESE PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE- THEY ARE STRICTLY FUEL COST DEPENDENT.  SHOULD YOU BOOK A ROOM AND NOT ARRIVE ON SCHEDULE DUE TO AIRLINE ISSUES, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FULL PRICE FOR THAT NIGHT.  WE HAVE GONE TO THE EXPENSE OF PREPARING YOUR ROOM(S), DOING MARKETING, PREPARING MEALS, ETC. AND HAVING STAFF HERE TO CARE FOR YOU.   IF WE SEND A BOAT TO THE AIRSTRIP AND YOU DO NOT ARRIVE, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE TRIP. 

ALWAYS, ALWAYS CHECK WITH SOL AIR EARLY IN THE MORNING OF YOUR FLIGHT FOR ANY CHANGES (THEY ARE FREQUENT AND FLIGHTS OFTEN LEAVE EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED).  IT IS JUST A FACT OF LIFE FOR A SMALL AIRLINE TRYING TO SERVICE AS MANY PLACES AS POSSIBLE WITH WIDELY VARYING LOADS.  CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK.   CAUTION -- IF YOU SEE PEOPLE HEADING OUT OF THE WAITING AREA IN HONIARA,  ASK IF IT'S YOUR FLIGHT.  THEY OFTEN DO NOT ANNOUNCE FLIGHTS!!!  THE NUMBER FOR SOL AIR OPERATIONS IS 36251.

I hope you find all this information helpful in planning your trip.  If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to E mail me, and I'll do my best to help.

OK- now that you can't wait to get here, the big question is how.  Coming in from the US, there are two different possible routes.  Many people opt to spend some extra time in New Zealand or Australia as long as they're that close and chose to come in via Brisbane or Vanuatu connecting to a Solomon Airlines flight  (yes, they're jets!)  My favorite route to get here quickly is from Honolulu or Los Angeles to Nadi via Fiji Air (formerly Air Pacific) with a short layover then onto the Solomons.  Currently, Fiji Air has two flights per week to Honiara -- one with a brief stop in Vanuatu and one direct to Honiara.  Solomon Airlines also operates one flight per week, giving you three choices  of arrival days.

Our guests coming in from Europe, Asia or Africa generally come via Singapore or Dubai, arrive in Brisbane and connect to a Solomon Air flight to Honiara.  Depending on your day and time of arrival, you can either connect directly to a flight to Seghe (airport code EGM) where we will pick you up, or overnight in Honiara and come the next day.

AIRPORT HINTS

If you do not have an overnight anywhere on your route, you can usually get your luggage checked straight through if you know your airport codes.  Many agents have no idea where the Solomons are

LAX= Los Angeles
NAN= Nadi , Fiji
HIR= Honiara, Solomons
BNE= Brisbane, Australia
AKL= Auckland, NZ
HNL= Honolulu

CAUTION: Check your tags and make sure the correct codes have been entered- my bags ALMOST took a trip to Egypt ( HRI)-----!

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PACKING LIST

 I have found that the best way to use this list is to set a basket in a corner somewhere and as you get things you need to pack, put them in the basket and check them off.  When they're actually packed, cross them out!  I've also arranged things in categories as closely as possible for ease of organization.  If there are items that don't apply to you, cross them out immediately.  Happy Packing!!

Bring about the clothes and twice the money you think you'll need.  It's always a great formula.  The Solomon dollar (SBD) is running about 7 to 1 US, so you can get some GREAT bargains.

ALWAYS, ALWAYS check your passport, making sure that your travel dates are prior to the final SIX months to expiration.   Make 2 or 3 copies of your passport, driver's license, credit cards -- both sides -- airline tickets and itinerary and put them in different places in your luggage along with any cash.  In your carry-on, make sure you have everything you might need for a few days -- particularly medications.

And last, but not least,  pack a big smile, empathy for ticket agents, a good book and patience.  You have no idea how much overweight luggage I've gotten through with that smile and empathy.   BUT- if you're traveling heavy, be prepared for overweight charges.

HINT:  I take fabric paints (any craft section of a Wal-Mart) and brightly mark my bags AND purse.  EASY to spot coming off the carousel and much less likely to be stolen if highly conspicuous.  Have NEVER had any trouble in that part of the world to date.

NOTE:  In the GIFTS section, I list laptops!  Desperately needed in the schools- most of which have none.  If you have a used laptop, or know of one, it would be an awesome contribution.

CARRY ON & PURSE

___AIRLINE TICKETS (&copies)
___MONEY (do NOT carry all in one place)
___shorts
___shirts/tops
___undies
___meds
___toiletries &tissue/TP
___book(s)
___money
___PASSPORT/copy
___credit cards/copy
___drivers license/copy
___snacks/mints/gum
___nail clippers
___jacket
___socks (plane)
___music player/headphones
___laptop computer
___camera

CLOTHING*

___4-6 prs. Shorts
___4-6 shirts/tops
___good sandals/walking shoes
___good sun hat
___pareo/skirt (great for the guys!)
___3-4 bathing suits
___long or sweat pants & top
___nighty/pj's
___undies ( if you wear them!)
___rain jacket

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TOILETRIES/MEDS

___brush/comb
___toothpicks
___razor/shave cream
___shampoo
___cream rinse
___soap/body wash
___toothpaste/brush
___Q tips
___body cream/lotion
___sunscreen/aloe
___bandaids
___antibiotic ointment
___nu-skin
___ibuprofen/aspirin/ or??
___benadryl/chlorpheniramine
___hydrocortisone
___vagisil/equivalent**
___Ben Gay (also for stings)
___white vinegar
___PRESCRIPTION MEDS
___MALARIA PROPHYLAXIS
___antibiotic ear drops
___1/2 alcohol/1/2 white vinegar-for ears
___eye drops (Visine)
___travel wipes

* Ladies, in villages and towns, thighs should be covered.  Long shorts are fine.
** Found this was great for itchy stings- it's 20% Benzocaine!

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DIVE GEAR

___mask
___spare mask (esp. if prescription)
___snorkel and keeper
___fins
___extra fin straps
___booties (shoe fins are fine)
___regulator (serviced and CHECKED)
___BCD  ( check inflator)
___Wet Suit
___dive computer
___back up computer (good idea)
___gear holders/retractors
___dive light/charger/batteries
___log book
___CERTIFICATION CARD
___DAN CARD OR EQUIVALENT
___tank banger
___camera
___housing
___spare o'rings/ grease
___repair tools
___strobe(s)
___chargers/batteries
___memory cards/film
___reef hook

MISC/FUN STUFF

___duct tape
___music player
___books
___puzzle book
___pens/pencils
___make-up
___laptop computer
___power cord for laptop
___power adapter (Aus/NZ)
___flashlight/reading light
___land camera/memory cards
___charger for above
___satellite phone
___beach towel
___travel pillow
___snacks

GIFTS/TRADE ITEMS

___T shirts
___reading glasses
___sunglasses
___perfumes/aftershave
___hand/body cream
___watches (prized)
___GOOD carving tools
___books****
___sewing tools/goods/yarns
___LAPTOP computers
___music players (tape/CD)
___balloons for kids
___pens(biros)/crayons
___coloring books!
___use your imagination!!!

**** BOOKS -- If EVERYONE brought  2 books in for the kids, it would be great- please make sure culturally appropriate.  Nature books are great, as are Bible stories!

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