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Solomons PNG Master

Seafari Explorer ext optThe custom-built, Solomons PNG Master (formerly Taka) is a 30-meter (98-foot) steel-hulled vessel which accommodates up to 20 guests diving Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea.

A word from Dom :  "The diving in the Solomons is truly stunning.  The corals, the sharks, the general diversity ... combined with wreck diving & land visits add up to a very special experience.   A quick caveat.  The Master doesn't pretend to be luxury.  She has the elements a serious diver needs ... but she's not a Palace Hotel.  If what you want is superb underwater experience and a large, stable liveaboard, she can be a good choice.  Don't hesitate to contact me about the pros & cons of the vessels in this destination !"  Dominick Macan


ON BOARD SOLOMONS PNG MASTER


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  • CABIN TYPES
    1 upper deck DOUBLE cabin
    double bed, sitting area & picture window
    4 upper deck DOUBLE / TWIN cabins
    double bed, twin bed (bunk style) & picture window
    1 upper deck TWIN cabin
    2 twin beds (bunk style) & picture window
    2 lower deck TWIN cabins
    2 twin beds, port windows & shared bathroom (on the dive deck)
    4 lower deck SINGLE cabins
    twin beds (bunk style) & shared bathroom (on the dive deck)
    All cabins have air conditioning & a storage area.
    Upper deck cabins have ensuite bathrooms and lower deck cabins share 5 bathrooms.


  • DIVING

    up to 4 dives per day

    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)
    15 liter alu tanks
    (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    nitrox
    water temperature: 80 - 82F, 28 - 30C  ... 
    3mm wetsuit recommended

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED
    accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
    (except carbonated)
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    scheduled land visits
    airport transfers 


  • WHAT'S EXTRA

    international & domestic airfare

    carbonated & alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks & nitrox
    environmental reef tax


SOLID, STRONG & SPACIOUS


The Solomons PNG Master is a massive 4-deck liveaboard with plenty of space for your non-diving hours.  The top sun deck is dedicated to those seeking tropical sun, with lounge chairs ready & waiting ... while just below, on the upper deck, you’ll enjoy aa good-sized covered seating area for those wishing to escape the UV rays.  The upper deck also houses 6 cabins, all with windows

On the main deck, you'll find the interior, air-conditioned lounge/dining area which is enormous and offers DVDs, large TVs and a dedicated camera area for photographers. At the stern on this deck is the dive deck, which will be the platform for most of your diving.  Located on the lower deck are six additional cabins, including four cabins for single divers.

The chef offers local cuisine while also featuring recipes from an international menu.  You'll find local vegetables,meats & fish and, of course, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and all the usual condiments to complete the meal.  Special dietary needs will be catered to with advance notice and within the limitations of what's available in this remote region.

The dive deck has freshwater showers & freshwater rinse bins for equipment.  Each station has ample storage for your equipment above and below your station. The two ladders which access the dive platform provide easy access to and from the water.  Most dives are done directly off the large dive deck with a tender in the water for additional safety. Dive guides are always available but you are free to explore the dive sites at your leisure (within the confines of your training and experience).  

The boat has dedicated camera preparation areas with plenty of charging points and large rinse tanks as well as storage drawers and a large plasma screen to view and share your photos and videos with your dive buddies.

VIEW THE DECK & CABIN LAYOUT HERE, THE YACHT SPECIFICATIONS, THE EQUIPMENT & SAFETY FEATURES .... open

 

DECK PLAN

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SPECIFICATIONS

Built: 2004 (refit:2015)
Length: 30 metres
Breadth: 8 metres
Draft: 3 metres
Construction: Steel
Engines: 1800HP MTU
2000v12 engine
Cruising Speed: 11 knots
Generators: 2 x 150kw
Water maker
Water Storage: 30 000 litres

  CREW

Captain: 1
Chief Engineer: 1
Second Engineer/deckhand 2
Chefs: 2
First Mate / Second Mate: 2
Housekeeper: 1
Night Watch: 1
Dive Team: 3

DIVING FACILITIES

scuba equipment rental: additional charges apply
12l Aluminium Tank
15l Aluminium /Steel Tank: on request, additional charges apply
Weights
Valve Fittings: DIN and INT
Compressors: 3 x Bauer MIS
Nitrox Bank System: Additional charges apply
Re-breather friendly No Re-breather rental available
Surface Marker Buoys 

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

First Aid: Fully Stocked Kit
Emergency Responders
Emergency Oxygen
Life jackets: 47
Life Rafts: 2 x 25 person
Life Rings: 4
Radios: 2 x VHF
1 x SSB
4 x Handheld
EPIRB
Smoke Detectors 


ITINERARIES


Offering both 7 and 10-night itineraries, the diving encompasses the best diving in Solomon Islands:

Best of the Solomons - 10 nights  ... stunning reefs, abundant marine life, wreck diving, plenty of sharks
Taste of the Solomons - 7 nights  ...  coral gardens, the same abundant marine life, sharks & a bit of wreck diving
Guadalcanal and the Western Province - 7 nights  ... caverns & corals, plenty of critters, sharks & mantas
WWII Wreck Week - 7 nights  ...  wrecks on this itinerary are all within recreational limits & there will often be two or more dives on a single site

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


SOLOMON ISLANDS 

The Solomons PNG Master embarks and disembarks for Solomon cruises in Honiara. Book your international flight into and out of Honiara International Airport (HIR). There are daily domestic flights to Munda (MUA) for those itineraries that require it.  A Solomons PNG Master representative will meet you at the airport. Embarkation time is 18:00pm; disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be at 9:00am. International flights are possible to most destinations on the day of disembarkation but please ensure you allow plenty of time for transfers and check in.

IMPORTANT:   Visas for Transit trips between Solomon Islands and PNG - Visa rules and requirements are in a constant state of flux. ‘Visas on arrival’ are often limited to airports and are not given out in seaports. With this in mind, we kindly urge our guests to secure the visas for both countries prior to departure from home in order to avoid any visa issues during the cruise.

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