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Solomons PNG Master

Solomons PNG Master
Papua New Guinea
Tanaghai
Guadalcanal Province
Solomon Islands
Tel: +66 (0) 76 367 444
Review Summary

4.58 / 5

based on 24 reviews - 88% of reviewers would recommend Solomons PNG Master to a friend




About Solomons PNG Master

Solomons PNG Master is the newest vessel from Master Liveaboards to operate in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. The liveaboard offers 12 cabins to accommodate comfortably up to 20 guests.

The cabin categories to choose from are: 2 en-suite premium twin cabins, 2 en-suite premium double cabins, 1 en-suite deluxe double cabin, and finally 4 standard twin cabins with individual shared bathroom facilities. All cabins are equipped with air conditioning, reading lights, charging stations, fire warning with fire extinguishers. There are hair dryers and iPod docking stations on request.

Inside the vessel you'll find yourself in a huge lounge or dining area with DVDs, large TVs and a special camera area for our photographer guests. Want to catch some sun - we have a large sun deck complete with loungers. Or you can just sit back and relax in our seating are on the second deck.

8 different itineraries are offered: Best of the Solomons, Guadalcanal and the Western Province, New Hanover Explorer, North New Britain, Solomons and PNG Navigator, South New Britain, Taste of the Solomons, WWII Wreck Week.


Languages

German, English, French


Affiliations

DAN, PADI


Services

Guided dive tours, Boat diving, Liveaboard boat tours, Dive training, Travel booking service, Dive insurance, Diver certifications


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Solomons PNG Master

Papua New Guinea

Tanaghai

Guadalcanal Province

Solomon Islands

Solomons PNG Master

Papua New Guinea

Southern Highlands Province

Solomon Islands

Contact Solomons PNG Master

Solomons PNG Master
Papua New Guinea
Tanaghai
Guadalcanal Province
Solomon Islands


Solomons PNG Master
Tel: +66 (0) 76 367 444





from Tamworth NSW Oz reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Mar 07, 2020 on board.

Added Mar 07, 2020

5/5 stars

Boat Crew is what makes the trip spectacular

Great dives, personal services from all the crew, always felt safe and secure

David M would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About David M

Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 40-49
Interests  : ,20-29,30-39,40-49,

from Gold Coast Australia reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Mar 07, 2020 on board.

Added Mar 07, 2020

5/5 stars

Best of the Solomon's was the best

The best live aboard diving experience i've ever had! From the moment you step on board you are welcomed and so well looked after. All you need to do is wake up, dive, eat, sleep and repeat. The staff aren't just competent and professional, they're warm and funny as well.

Heidi S would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Heidi S

Diving for : 20-29
Dives done : 40-49
Interests  : ,20-29,40-49,60+,

reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jan 02, 2020 on board.

Added Jan 02, 2020

2/5 stars

Unexpected itinerary due to late Captain!

This trip had the potential to be a great experience, however the Captain's flight to Tufi was delayed and we had to wait for him to board the ship before starting an altered itinerary, which took three days for the next flight where he could reach Tufi, so we couldn't follow the scheduled itinerary which made us diving in sites that were not in the schedule. Three days around Tufi was not what we had planned for and it severely compromised the quality of our diving experience.
Boat staff, meals and cabins were excellent!

PNG Tufi 2019-2020 Px1 would not recommend Solomons PNG Master

About PNG Tufi 2019-2020 Px1

Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59

from Sydney, Australia reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jan 02, 2020 on board.

Added Jan 02, 2020

4/5 stars

Excellent service and great crew

The crew and dive guides were what made the trip excellent for us. We thought the dive sites were good, well planned and surveyed given the amount of time the crew had before we embarked. The only negative feedback we have were the number of days spent at Tufi to wait for the captain to board the boat! Every guest on board including ourselves were frustrated and disappointed having to change the itinerary. Having previously dived at the Tufi resort a few years ago, the reason why we chose to join a live aboard is to dive at sites where it would be difficult to get to from the resort. All guest had to fly in a day early to Port Moresby to ensure they made their connecting flight. We were surprised the boat did not make the same booking for the Captain and stay the night before in Port Moresby.

Janey Tiernan would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Janey Tiernan

Diving for : 30-39
Dives done : 50-59

from Gold Coast Australia reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jan 02, 2020 on board.

Added Jan 02, 2020

5/5 stars

Fantastic team, Lots of laughs and good times

The crew are like one big family, everyone bends over backwards to help you get the most out of what is possible with the conditions and complications with he captain missing his flight.
However planning for the captain being on-board was simply not good enough..
I was also very unhappy with the lack of nitrox as we planned repeat deep dives and the safety nitrox gives was the reason I chose the Taka.

Charles Snyman would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Charles Snyman

Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60+,

from Sydney, Australia reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jan 01, 2020 on board.

Added Jan 02, 2020

2/5 stars

An unexpected itinerary!

Not according to plan, no Nitrox and bad visibility. The food was good

Blenny would not recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Blenny

Diving for : 40-49
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,

from Melbourne reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Nov 14, 2019 on board.

Added Nov 15, 2019

5/5 stars

A great week with lots of laughs

I've been on a few live-aboard trips and it's always the people that make it. All of the staff (dive and boat) were always full of smiles, made everyone feel welcomed and had lots of laughs to keep the week feeling like you were with friends the whole time :-)

Matt Krumins would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Matt Krumins

Diving for : 40-49
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,40-49,

from Toronto, Ontario Canada reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Nov 14, 2019 on board.

Added Nov 15, 2019

5/5 stars

Staff made us feel like family. I felt really welcomed and valued

We saw everything from pipefish to sea stars to sharks to titan filefish. I felt like I was able to see lots. The coral was wonderful. The guides were very concerned about our safety, which felt great. Adam was very funny. He really kept us entertained.

Heather C. would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Heather C.

Diving for : 40-49
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,

from Fresno, California reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Oct 27, 2019 on board.

Added Oct 28, 2019

5/5 stars

Best of the Solomon's was the best

Wonderful Walls, coral gardens, sealife in abundance. Healthy reefs. Fish of numerous species everywhere. Few turtles, eels, Would have wished a bit more shallow time for small, active species. Lying in the sand is ok. We tended to move along very prolific walls a bit too much and gave the shallows shorter time. Personal preference. C, great with fish ID, A, great with photo advice.

pdmcgann would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About pdmcgann

Diving for : 40-49
Dives done : 40-49
Interests  : ,

from Tucson, Arizona USA reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jul 24, 2019 on board.

Added Jul 25, 2019

5/5 stars

Great to have a quality option in the Solomon Islands

4th trip to Solomon's and by far the best. Hesitant to book Master due to poor record with Siren Fleet but was very pleasantly surprised at the great trip. Adam and Carmen are the perfect Host/Manager pair and took us to awesome sites. In today's competitve world, do not understand rooms without ensuite facilities but it is clearly noted on the website. We had a wonderful room WITH ensuite. Dive deck tight but serviceable. Be prepared for wet landings via RIBS. Excellent mix of reefs, walls and WWII wrecks. Excellent food with great attention to special diets. Staff is warm, friendly, speak American and provide special attention throughout. Taka is a hardy boat but well appointed and feels safe in high seas. Would choose Master again, depending on room choices. This website has insufficient choices for number of logged dives -- currently 2,450 including 40+ live aboard trips.

Horseahorse would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Horseahorse

Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,20-29,40-49,

from Tenafly NJ reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jun 27, 2019 on board.

Added Jun 27, 2019

5/5 stars

Best of the Solomon's was the best

great staff and crew, great briefings and wonderful mix of coral reefs, caves and wrecks. My favorite was the cathedral, combines the best of the Mexican cenotes with reef, jungle and cave diving. Carmen was super helpful when she saw whatever troubles I might have had with the current and taught me how to navigate it. The pre dive briefings and post dive lectures on the fish, and reef life were very informative

Robert Simon would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Robert Simon

Age : 60+
Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,20-29,

from Tenafly NJ reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jun 27, 2019 on board.

Added Jun 27, 2019

5/5 stars

Best of the Solomon's was the best

great staff and crew, great briefings and wonderful mix of coral reefs, caves and wrecks. My favorite was the cathedral, combines the best of the Mexican cenotes with reef, jungle and cave diving. Carmen was super helpful when she saw whatever troubles I might have had with the current and taught me how to navigate it. The pre dive briefings and post dive lectures on the fish, and reef life were very informative

Robert Simon would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Robert Simon

Age : 60+
Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,20-29,

from Pittsburgh, PA. USA reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jun 26, 2019 on board.

Added Jun 27, 2019

5/5 stars

Great trip!

extremely professional crew, excellent attitude, good food, friendly and very well informed tour directors, and very good diving.
What more can you ask?
Enjoyed the whole trip, every aspect of it!

Peter Snitkovsky would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Peter Snitkovsky

Age : 60+
Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,40-49,

from Pittsburgh, PA. USA reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jun 26, 2019 on board.

Added Jun 27, 2019

5/5 stars

Great trip!

extremely professional crew, excellent attitude, good food, friendly and very well informed tour directors, and very good diving.
What more can you ask?
Enjoyed the whole trip, every aspect of it!

Peter Snitkovsky would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Peter Snitkovsky

Age : 60+
Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,40-49,

from East Stroudsburg, PA reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Feb 13, 2019 on board.

Added Feb 14, 2019

5/5 stars

Lovely experience with a fantastic crew

Great crew and wonderful cruise directors. great Captain Jimmy

Sally Wahrmann would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Sally Wahrmann

Age : 60+
Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,20-29,40-49,Hobby diver,

from Portland reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Oct 18, 2018 on board.

Added Oct 18, 2018

5/5 stars

Lovely experience with a fantastic crew

My trip started with bummer news my dive bag had not arrived. The subsequent days I had multiple gear failures of my just rebuilt reg, computer, and a flooded camera. Despite a multitude of these setbacks, the diving variety was great. The cruise directors, Adam and Carmen, worked hard to provide anything I needed. They are extremely competent, very enthusiastic, caring, work very hard, and clearly love what they do.

Allahna Davis would recommend Solomons PNG Master

Response from Solomons PNG Master Oct 30, 2018

Thank you Allahna, for your kind words! Much appreciated!

About Allahna Davis

Age : 60+
Diving for : 40-49
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,40-49,

from nottingham reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Oct 05, 2018 on board.

Added Oct 05, 2018

5/5 stars

a dive trip with everthing

the live aboard in the solomons has everything
great reefs with tiny critters for the photographers
great swim throughs and some sharks swimming past in the blue if you like the big picture
wrecks and WW 2 history
fantastic crew on the boat to look after you
visits to islands to see local life a big eye opener
a long way to go to get there but worth the journey

Maire B would recommend Solomons PNG Master

Response from Solomons PNG Master Oct 30, 2018

Thank you Maire, we look forward to having you back with us!

About Maire B

Age : 60+
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Zurich reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Sep 10, 2018 on board.

Added Sep 10, 2018

5/5 stars

Amazing trip

I couldn't have wished for a better way to discover the Solomon Islands than aboard the Solomon Master / Taka - the dives were exceptional, the landscape is what one can imagine paradise to look like, and the crew made this trip perfect. From day 1, we were welcome and taken care of by an amazing team of chefs, mates, engineers, dive guides, hostesses, captain and cruise director. Lots of fun, lots of amazing food, lots of space aboard the ship. I will definitely recommend and hope to be back soon. Thank you Taka team.

Marie would recommend Solomons PNG Master

Response from Solomons PNG Master Oct 30, 2018

Thank you, Marie! You are a star!

About Marie

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Bridgewater reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Sep 10, 2018 on board.

Added Sep 10, 2018

5/5 stars

This boat rocks

Such a cool 10 day trip through the Solomon islands with a professional outfit that know what they are doing. Great boat, well equipped, professional guides that know what they are doing and fantastic food all day every day too. 5 stars plus for this effort from me.

Simon Bowen would recommend Solomons PNG Master

Response from Solomons PNG Master Oct 30, 2018

That is very kind of you, Simon. Thank you!

About Simon Bowen

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Photography

from Philadelphia, PA USA reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Aug 04, 2018 on board.

Added Aug 04, 2018

4/5 stars

Fine boat and crew

Solomon Islands trip July 7-17, 2018

When I arrived at Nadi airport for my flight to Honiara, I was told all seats were sold out and a group of us would have to either go late or fly to Brisbane then arrive the next day. I calmly explained that if I wasn’t on this flight, I would miss getting on a boat for a 10-day trip so the trip would be for naught. Fortunately a business class seat was found a half-hour prior to departure and I made the planned pickup and meeting in Honiara. Our group met at a café on the waterfront and was ferried to the Taka, our boat for the “Best of Solomons” 10-day trip.

The boat wasn’t full so I was given my own room down below, where the 2-bunk-bed room had no ensuite toilet/sink but adequate shelf space for a single. There were 5 bathroom/showers on the main/dive deck so any midnight run required a walk upstairs and out to the dive deck. On the dive deck, which adjoined the dining room and lounge, each was given a station and numbered tank plus a gear box, which remained for the week. Those using Nitrox had marked tanks. The camera table was small compared to other boats I’ve been on and had no power outlets – charging was done in the dining room. In the dining area, breakfast was made to order but lunch and dinner were usually buffet style, with an occasional served meal. Food was plentiful and generally excellent, all non-carbonated or non-alcoholic drinks were free, and an honor system kept track of those for purchase – beer, sodas, wine, etc. Having alcohol meant no more diving that day. Only the first two chicken meals and first fish meal were overcooked, but after those all were delicious. Generally, small breakfast was offered at 6a, dive briefing at 7a, breakfast at 9a, 2nd dive briefing at 10a, lunch at 11:30a, 3rd briefing at 1:30p, snacks at 3:30p, 4th briefing at 4:30p, dinner at 6:30p. If we did a night dive, this was altered with dinner afterward and usually skipping the fourth day dive. Hot chocolate after night dives was welcomed by all. Weather or extreme current forced cancellation of two dive plans.

The deck above main deck housed six double occupancy suites, each with an ensuite bathroom/shower. Above that was the sun deck with several hammocks for relaxation. The upper rooms had control for air-conditioning, whereas below-main deck rooms had to deal with that area’s setting, which was cool for me. Fortunately each bunk had a nice blanket that kept me warm. Water temperature was generally 83-84F (28C) with a rare thermocline chilling us.
Dive day 1 concentrated on shipwrecks and plane wrecks in Iron Bottom Sound in the Florida Is group. Vis was bad and even macro photography yielded plenty of backscatter. The stories of fighting between US and Japan were riveting and sad. We watched a Nat Geo show on Robert Ballard finding wrecks and reuniting former enemies, which was quite moving. A problem I had, that was remedied by engineer Rob, was that the battery cover on my air-integrated dive computer developed a crack that fried two batteries before I discovered the cause. Rob put epoxy over the crack overnight and saved the computer, which fortunately was constructed so that water could not enter the inside through the battery compartment. I had to rent a SPG for two dives while the cover underwent repair, as I had a spare wrist computer.

Dive day 2 gave us much clearer water and lots of macro subjects. Nudis, cuttlefish, shrimp and an octopus were all photographed. As dusk descended, large schools of fish gathered close to shore in the shallows. These dives were not deep so dive times over an hour were often recorded.

We moved to White Beach in the Russell Islands group for day 3. First dive was where the US Army dumped any vehicles, ammo and material that they didn’t want to bring back, so it’s a large junkyard with some live ammo and bombs still there. In the shallows, the mangroves sheltered archer fish and orbicular cardinal fish. My guide Carmen pointed out the smallest mantis shrimp I’ve seen, maybe 3mm across hiding in a hole in coral. Due to visibility, I did mostly macro photos, and found plenty of subjects thanks to Carmen. In the Florida Islands we found several cuttlefish, orangutan crab, emperor shrimp on a crown of thorns star, colorful nudibranchs, crabeye gobis, various shrimp and crabs, including a colorful tiny crab living in a former Christmas-tree worm hole. Of course, while set up with a 105mm lens, a school of barracuda cruised by along with a black tip shark, a gray reef shark and a dogtooth tuna. Once I set up for wide-angle, at Mary’s Island we came upon a school of jacks and another of barracuda. This dive had fair current and a white tip shark cruised by. We dove the same location a second time but current and surge changed the scenery – no more schools of fish. We moved that night to Morovo Lagoon, which we were told is the largest lagoon in the world.

The sites there had beautiful hard coral gardens, huge sea fans down deeper, various solo sharks and our first encounter with a bumphead wrasse. Some said they heard a rumble from a nearby volcano, but I didn’t. A site called labyrinth had numerous shallow swim-throughs with some having sunbeams streaming down from the overhead openings. Outside is a lovely coral garden. Deeper at Mbili Passage I found some odd-shaped barrel sponges – one looked like a saxophone – and a healthy green coral garden. The next two dives were shallower and explored more caverns/swim-throughs with sunbeams illuminating several caverns. Outside in the shallows I found a cooperative pair of blue-streaked gobies plus a juvenile Moorish idol that didn’t flee right away.

We returned to the Russell Islands where our first dive plan was aborted due to current and we spent most time hunting in the shallows. We found a banana nudi with babies around it the size of rice kernels. Visiting a dive called Bat Cave, we emerged from the shallow entrance into a cavern with bats hanging above and guano floating on the surface, so we kept our regulators in our mouths. Diving Mane Bay wall (mah’-nay) we found two pygmy cuttlefish, colorful flatworms and nudis. Leru Cut is a several-meters-wide crack in an island with open overhead that provides memorable wide angle views from inside.

We moved to Florida Islands again where Carmen found a 1cm Cryptic squat lobster on a small yellowish hard coral that I had to ask her twice to point it out, it was so well camouflaged. In a coral head she pointed out a 2cm blue-eye crab among other inhabitants. That night we steamed back to Honiara, Guadalcanal and dove two wrecks the next morning, our last dives of the trip. Vis was bad and only a few macro subjects were available. These ships were beached by the Japanese at WW2’s end, so the bows were quite shallow while the sterns went down below 30m. The most notable thermocline occurred on the first dive, from which I quickly exited.

The dive operation was smooth and well run by cruise director Adam and his fiancée Carmen, The crew helped in many jobs outside of their appointed duties, entries, exits, washing our gear and drying our cameras after each dive. Dive entries varied from site to site – some from the dive platform, some leaping from the side and some from dive tenders (when the big boat couldn’t get near, I assume). Cameras were handled carefully. For the “live drops” from the side, tenders met us with cameras near the descent point. One note about this boat is that it is the noisiest boat I’ve been on when anchor drops and returns occur or when the hydraulics are used. The lounge/dining area is well stocked with books and videos. We enjoyed several episodes of Blue Planet 2 and other dive videos. Otherwise we utilized the lounge for reading or catching a nap. We also visited two villages along the way, buying beautiful carvings at one and getting entertained by the residents with dress, song and music at the second.

Fred T would recommend Solomons PNG Master

Response from Solomons PNG Master Aug 30, 2018

Wow, thank you, Fred! We look forward to your return!

About Fred T

Age : 60+
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Photography

reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jul 26, 2018 on board.

Added Jul 26, 2018

5/5 stars

lovely experience

Most of the dive sites were fantastic. I love to see a variety of topography and creatures--large and small. We definitely got both. Having dive leaders who are interested in specific areas is appreciated as well. I loved diving with Carmen because of her enthusiasm for essentially all sea life, but taking the time for the smaller, less noticed organisms in particular.

plum would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About plum

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Photography

reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jul 26, 2018 on board.

Added Jul 26, 2018

5/5 stars

lovely experience

Most of the dive sites were fantastic. I love to see a variety of topography and creatures--large and small. We definitely got both. Having dive leaders who are interested in specific areas is appreciated as well. I loved diving with Carmen because of her enthusiasm for essentially all sea life, but taking the time for the smaller, less noticed organisms in particular.

plum would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About plum

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Photography

from Reading reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on Jun 04, 2018 on board.

Added Jun 04, 2018

5/5 stars

A Great Choice

The boat is modern, clean and very comfortable. The crew are very friendly and extremely helpful and go beyond what I have encountered on other liveaboards. The food is western style and excellent (the breakfast on its own will set you up for the day)..
i highly recommend this boat.

petherj would recommend Solomons PNG Master

About petherj

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Tenafly NJ reviewed Solomons PNG Master

written on May 09, 2018 on board.

Added May 09, 2018

3/5 stars

A bit disappointing

Since the trip was an exploratory one, it would be unfair to rate the diving but I would say that the crew was terrific and Andy & Carmen were wonderful directors. The condition of the vessel was not up to the standards I'm used to on liveaboards. The rooms were small and for the price, not having insuite bathrooms would be unacceptable (if that was what I had). I did pay for a single supplement to guarantee my own room but due to the sizes of the room, other male shares did split up into separate rooms so at least 1 individual had the same room as I but did not have to pay the supplement. I understand my wanting to guarantee no share, but it was a bit disconcerting to be paying that premium for a room that could not comfortably accommodate 2 individuals who did not know each other. Suggestion, either lower the prices or refurbish the cabins to provide larger space, insuite bathrooms even if that requires fewer rooms.

Robert Simon would not recommend Solomons PNG Master

About Robert Simon

Age : 60+
Diving for : 50-59
Dives done : 50-59
Interests  : ,20-29,