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Good day trip

Bonegi beach was an extremely fun day out. When I went, I took a taxi as the buses don’t work that... read more

Reviewed 16 March 2020
bsedgwickdwane
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Good dives

I dived both wrecks. Fairly similar really. Plenty to mooch round, lots of fish and invertebrates... read more

Reviewed 18 July 2019
641harveyk
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

Nice beach not too far from town

A tip for visitors: Go on the weekend when there are lots of local families there as you will enjoy their company probably more than the swim, though the wreck is pretty unique

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank thevagabondo
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

I spend a lot of time in the Solomon Islands and on most visits manage a dive at Bonegi I and II. Both sites are beach dives with the wrecks within easy reach of the shore and the park area where you enter the property is about 20 minutes out of Honiara. Bonegi II is a few hundred meters from Bonegi I and you will need to drive to both sites. You will have to pay the land owners an entry fee (it was $100 SBD or about $15 AUD) to enter. Both ships were beached during the WW2 battle of Guadalcanal. Both dives are some of the best wreck dives available in the Pacific although the hulls have been stripped of most of their operational equipment. As with all wreck dives you need to exercise extreme care and safety but you can swim in and out of the hull and find some great fish life and corals. Be careful of your depth at the rear of the hulls as they are in 50+ metres of water and you tend to just follow the hull down and not realize how quickly you are descending. The fish life is great and plenty to see at both sites but my favourite is Bonegi I as there just seems to be more going on there. Part of the hull of Bonegi II is still visible from above the surface. If you are planning to dive these sites check out the internet for the history of the ships as it makes fascinating reading.

Date of experience: February 2014
3  Thank Barry P
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Bonegi has to be one of the most unique beaches in the world. Not only does it have that palm tree lined pacific beach look but it is also bathed in history with old ww2 ships visible from both the beach and underwater.

I learned to dive on this beach and it truely was one of the best travel experiences that I have. Our dive instructor took me to the wreck located just off the beach and this sunken ww2 ship has transformed into an atrifical reef teaming with life.

You can see lionfish, nudibranch's, tuna feeding and numerous reef fish.

The beach itself is nice for a stroll or a BBQ.

The only downside is that you can't leave your bags unattended. If I was in a group one of us would have to stay with the bags or another option is to take a taxi, ask the driver to wait with the luggage while you go for a swim.

Overall a great experience :)

Date of experience: June 2013
2  Thank Djp1989
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Bonegi has to be the best diving in the world. You can walk straight from the beach and you are at the start of a dive wreck. Tak local money as you have to pay the locals to be allowed onto the beach.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank geraldine157
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We've dived these wrecks several times and they are always good fun. As they are shore dives, they start off nice and shallow and the drop away down the reef, so you can basically spend as much time as you like in the sunny shallows with all the animals, or drop down deep to almost 40 meters at the stern. As the wrecks are only about 40 minutes from Honiara, it's a very pleasant and easy drive down the 'highway' to the beach. There is also a local war museum in the area where a local Islander has collected a lot of intersting war relics (for thise interested).

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank Thomas A
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