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Tulagi Dive

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Honiara, Solomon Islands
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Brightsidejon wrote a review Oct 2019
Palmerston North, New Zealand55 contributions21 helpful votes
It didn't begin well when I first got to Honiara. The weather has been unseasonably poor and according to Troy, the chances of a successful dive were not good. So his briefing was very thorough and safety conscious, stressing several times how to abort the dive if required. Thankfully it wasn't required and Alwin was able to take me to all 5 main sites- the 3 Japanese Transports, the Flying Fortress and the I1 submarine over the next 3 days. There wasn't a bad dive among them and I went back 2 days later to revisit a couple of the Transports. From a safety point of view I could not fault Tulagi dive. Troy is also very knowledgeable on the history of the wrecks should you get a chance to discuss them with him. I'd also like to add having read the post from a couple of weeks ago that I have total confidence in Alwin as a professional dive guide.
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Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Natis23 wrote a review Sept 2019
Marseille, France17 contributions11 helpful votes
The dive center is good and the dive sites are interesting. Troy the owner knows his history very well so the dive sites are even more very interesting once you have heard him explain them. However, James Alwin the dive master stole 250€ + 300 Solomon Dollars from our wallet. We were 3 people (an american guy, my husband and me) + the dive master (James Alwin). Underwater James told us he had to abort the dive because the american guy was low of air but since we still had plenty and we had done the dive site twice before we could stay on our own (we are advance OW). We found out afterwards that this wasn't true at all, the american guy had almost as much air as we had. While we were in the water, James (the divemaster) opened our bag, look for my wallet and stole the money. He knew exactly where my money was because he say me paying some groceries before. As soon as we said money was missing from our bag, he dropped us at the dive shop and left with the dive shop truck. He didn't show up to work the next day. This completely ruined our diving experience there.
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Date of experience: August 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from Tulagi D, Front Office Manager at Tulagi Dive
Responded 30 Sept 2019
Alwin was reported to the police and was taking in for questioning but the police found no evidence to arrest him and was released without any charges being laid against him
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SAMARSHALL77 wrote a review July 2019
Adelaide, Australia194 contributions71 helpful votes
They had to organise 78 divers for morning dives. Quite an organisational nightmare. Troy is extremely knowledgeable on the history of the WWII dive sites and obviously passionate about them. Wrecks were interesting including Japanese and Allied planes and boats. Also the rare opportunity to dive on a submarine. Most are close to shore and get deeper (beyond Recreational dive certificate) so that one can not do the whole wreck in one dive. Good fish life. Some challenging dives when storm front came in during a dive. All dive guides were very good. Only issue was with Troys boat or rather the captain who pounded through the swell for over 1 hour. Not good for knees or bad backs. Does have Nitrox, rental available and Commercial Diving.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Kristen H wrote a review June 2019
Dar es Salaam, TZ5 contributions11 helpful votes
I dove on a free Sunday with Tulagi Dive while in Honiara for work. Troy seems like a nice guy and the shop and equipment were solid (if no frills) - the dive guide however... He showed up 20 minutes late and then cut both dives (on Bonegi 1 and Bonegi 2) way short. It was just the two of us, and he insisted that we come up and do a safety stop less than 30 minutes into the dive, even though I had more than 100 bar in my tank. When I questioned this on the beach, he told me that he came up with 140 bar and that the standard protocol was that we turn around at 130 bar and do a safety stop at 100 bar. Not only would that be the most conservative protocol I have ever encountered in my many years of diving (we were no where near deco limits), but it also was directly at odds with what Troy had told me in the pre-departure dive briefing. After this conversation, he did exactly the same thing to me on the second dive - again on the beach with 100+ in the tank. And look - I get it - it was a Sunday, the viz was crap, you have done these dives a million times and would rather be doing something else - but I live 5000 miles away and only get to dive a few times a year. Suck it up buttercup - I don't love my job all the time either...
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Date of experience: June 2019
2 Helpful votes
Jeremy W wrote a review Dec 2018
Nightcliff, Australia19 contributions17 helpful votes
I worked in Honiara for five years and dived with Tulagi on a weekly basis. It’s the default dive shop to go to. Australian run to Australian standards. Excellent tech diving support, the owner, now in Australia I believe, used to do the gas mixes for Paul Allen’s yatch, the Octopus, so you’re in good hands. Run by divers, for divers, many happy memories of weekend shore dives and occasional extraordinary dives around Tulagi. Try the Aaron Ward (70m!) or the nearly immaculate Catalina (55m), or stooge around on lovely corals on one of the Bonegi wrecks (1m to 40m as you please) walking off the gorgeous white sand beach. Something for everybody. The dive shop is now very handy in town, probably a short walk from your hotel. Thanks Neil and all the crew for some great memories.
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Date of experience: January 2018
Response from Tulagi D, Owner at Tulagi Dive
Responded 8 Dec 2018
I wish to thank you for your wonderful review. Just to let you know Neil retire last year Oct to South Africa with Yolande. We hope to see you again soon here. Troy
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