DIVE SITES - HONIARA

Bonegi I - Hirokawu Miru
A Japanese transport ship that was attacked by American Dive Bombers and beached in November 1942. Access in and out of this wreck is easy and safe from the nearby shore making it ideal for beginner to advance divers. The shallower sections of the ship, starting at about 5m, are fairly broken up with the main attraction being the fantastic coral and fish life. The deeper parts, to a range of 57m, are far more intact and makes for a very interesting dive. The holds are empty and the king-posts and masts are stretched out from the wreck to the sand and make intriguing explorations..

Bonegi II - Kinugawa Maru
A Japanese transport ship that sunk with Bonegi I. Originally the ship was stranded on the reef, but over the years it has broken up under the effects of storms, rust and some salvage work. With the coral encrusted bow emerging from the water near the beach, the stern is teeming with thousands of fish lying at around 30m where you can also examine the two propeller shafts and rudder. Ideal for beginner to advance divers

SS JOHN PENN
The big American attack transport lies off Lunga Point at a depth of 35m to 60m. The severe damage caused the stern to separate with most dives being conducted on the ship’s bow. On the dive to the bridge and forward guns you can expect to see large schools of Pelagic fish such as barracuda and Spanish mackerel inhabiting the wreck. On the port side are the remnants of the bridge where there were 20mm anti-aircraft guns. You can also look in the radio room, crew quarters and the officer’s mess. Heading towards the bow; there are the forward holds, masts and winches, then the forward 3-inch guns where live ammunition spills out of the ready-use lockers. Experienced wreck divers can penetrate the exposed lower decks where the stern separated from the rest of the ship. 

B-17 Flying Fortress
Lying on a sandy bottom, this American aircraft is generally intact with only its tail missing (and makes a haven for many fish!) The wing tip starts at a depth of 9m with an abundance of hard coral formations along the wing. The engines are still in place and the cockpit is open, allowing you to view the controls and pilots seat. Just above is the twin gun placement.