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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.

  • 1 upper deck master 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
    4 lower deck SINGLE cabins
    twin beds (bunk style)

    All cabins have air conditioning & a storage area. Upper deck cabins have ensuite bathrooms and lower deck cabins share 5 bathrooms.

  • up to 4 dives per day

    12 & 15 liter alu tanks
    (DIN & INT valves) (15L at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    2 large skiffs
    water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C

    3mm wetsuit recommended

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

  • international & domestic airfare

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


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    sun deck
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    salon & dining area
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    double cabin
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    double cabin
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    twin cabin
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    twin cabin
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    quad cabin
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    dive deck
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Formerly the Taka, now operated by Master Liveaboards, the Solomons PNG Master is the newest liveaboard in the Solomons region.  With her massive 4-deck structure she guarantees plenty of space to enjoy in your non-diving hours.  The top sun deck is dedicated to sun worshippers who will find lounge chairs ready & waiting ... while just below on the upper deck, you’ll enjoy an expansive covered seating area for those who wish 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 cuisines while also featuring recipes from an international menu.  You'll find local vegetables, pork, beef, fresh fish (often caught right off the boat), chicken, pasta, rice, homemade bread, scones, biscuits and of course, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and all the usual condiments to complete the meal.  There is lots of fresh fruit and fresh lime juice, called bush lime. Galley staff are also prepared to assist with special menu requirements, but please let us know in advance of the departure date.


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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


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


scuba equipment rental: additional charges apply
12l Aluminium Tank
15l Aluminium /Steel Tank: on request, additional charges apply
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 


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
Smoke Detectors 


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 reefs start very close to the surface which means there is little need for deep dives. Often the reefs drop off gradually allowing you to explore extensively at relatively shallow depths which can be extra dives per day under the right conditions. Computers are mandatory for all divers.  If you do not have your own, you can rent one on the boat.

Photography facilities are excellent. 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.


Offering both 7 and 10-night itineraries, the diving encompasses the best diving in Solomon Islands and two routes in Papua New Guinea - one in New Hanover, the second in New Britain.

Really adventurous and exploratory in nature are the transit trips to and from Solomons & Papua New Guinea. Many a dive site in this itinerary has rarely or never been dived before. If you've been everywhere & done everything ... this trip is highly recommended!



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.


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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