Solomon Islands

March 23, 2023:

Gavutu Wharf (Continued):

Here is the second set of my favorite images from our dive at Gavutu Wharf:

Eyebrow Shrimpgoby & Alpheid Shrimp; Banded Goby; Peppermint Sea Star; Schooling Razorfish; Hermit Crab; Juvenile Leafy Filefish; Redfin Butterflyfish; and a Spinecheek Goby.

After completing this dive, we headed off aboard Bilikiki to the Russell Islands Group, where we would dive the following day.

Enjoy!

Stay safe, and have a great day!

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March 22, 2023:

Gavutu Wharf:

The fourth, and final, dive of our fourth Solomon Islands dive day, was at a Florida Islands Group shallow “muck” site called Gavutu Wharf.

Here is the first of two sets of my favorite images from this relaxing long dive:

Two photos of Sea Cucumber Swimming Crabs; a pair of Mural Gobies; Comb Penshell; a shot of Assorted Damselfish; Bearded Thorny Oyster; Juvenile Grouper, (I believe); Hermit Crab; and a Juvenile Common Lionfish.

Enjoy!

Stay safe, and have a great day!

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March 19, 2023:

Undeke:

On Thursday, March 2, 2023, I underwent successful elective arthroscopic surgical repair of my left shoulder.

After four challenging postoperative days, I am doing well, making a little progress each day.

I still have a lot of work ahead of me, in order to adequately rehabilitate my shoulder.

But I know that I am going to get where I want to be!

I hope to be scuba diving again in Indonesia in early September.

We’ll see if I can achieve this goal!

In the meantime, I am now feeling well enough to resume reviewing images from my October 2022 trip to Austaralia and the Solomon Islands.

Undeke, a seamount located in the Florida Islands Group, was the site for the third dive of our fourth Solomon Islands dive day.

Here are several of my favorite reefscapes from this dive.

Enjoy!

Stay safe, and have a great day!

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February 28, 2023:

PT Base 1

PT Base 1, (a.k.a “The Dump Site”), was the Florida Islands Group dive site for the second dive of our fourth Solomon Islands dive day.

This is a somewhat “mucky” site near shore, which features multiple shipwrecks, including the bow of the USS Minnesota, as well as scattered munitions, and at least one airplane wing.

All of the wreckage is in the process of being incorporated, to a greater or lesser extent, into the adjacent reef.

Here are several of my favorite images from our dive at PT Base 1.

(The bow of the USS Minnesota is depicted in the first photo in this series.)

Enjoy!

Stay safe, and have a great day!

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February 17, 2023:

Back To The Solomon Islands: Twin Tunnels

Today’s post returns to my October 2022 trip to the Solomon Islands.

We began our fourth dive day of the trip at Twin Tunnels, still in the Florida Islands Group.

This dive site has interesting topography!

It is a sea mount, the top of which lies at a depth of about 50 feet.

Two vertical “tunnels,” large enough to swim through, pierce the sea mount, and discharge divers at a depth of about 120 feet.

It’s quite an exciting way to begin a dive!

After emerging from the tunnel, I spent the dive admiring and photographing attractive reefscapes.

Here are several of my favorite images from Twin Tunnels.

Enjoy!

Stay safe, and have a great day!

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