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Bonegi I and II, Honiara

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Sunk during World War II by US forces, the Japanese Hirokawa and Kinugawa (Bonegi I and II) naval vessels attract divers of all ages and abilities. Eerily clad in underwater plant life and within swimming distance of the shoreline, the vast wrecks play host to a multitude of colorful fish. Although altered by time and tectonic activity, much of the ships' structures remain intact, and the Kinugawa's engine protrudes visibly from the sea. Visit in calm conditions, bring an underwater camera, and bear in mind the 100 m (330 ft) distance between the two sites. To visit Bonegi I and II on your trip to Honiara, use our Honiara travel itinerary planner.
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  • We didn't have enough time to dive so we decided to go snorkeling on Bonegi II, a perfect introduction to the rich marine life of the Solomon Islands. Excellent variety of soft corals, and an impressi...  more »
  • Two great shipwrecks to go and dive on. If you want to snorkel you can but you will miss most of the wreck. B1 goes down to 56 metres and B2 about 35. Not too long a drive from the capital. Trust me y...  more »
  • Two fantastic World War II wrecks, suitable for advanced open water divers. Parts of the bow of the Bonegi II are visible from the surface and suitable for snorkelling. The downside of diving in the S...  more »

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The larger and more established tourist hotels in Solomon Islands are located in Honiara, many with bars and restaurants among other modern conveniences. Farther out of town you'll find ecolodges--accommodations that fit in well with the island nation's emphasis on responsible development and tourism. Alternatively, stays in a cultural village offer authentic experiences and a chance to give back directly to the local economy.
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