Munda is a quiet little town serving as a gateway to the Vona Vona and Roviana Lagoons. There are daily flights from Honiara and Gizo. Munda was an important military airfield during WW2 and there are war relics everywhere: in the bushes, on the beaches, in the water. There is great wreck diving available. Roviana Island, situated in the lagooon at Munda has a colourful history of headhunting, animist religion and tribal wars. On the hill behind the village lie the ruins of an ancient coral fortress protecting the stone dog-idol previously worshipped by the tribe. From Roviana Island, a variety of excursions by motor canoe can be undertaken, from snorkelling and fishing to sightseeing: war relics, waterfalls, bat caves, and cultural sites such as the skull islands where the 'trophies' of yesterday's headhunters were stored.
Munda's reefs are in pristine condition, with lush soft corals and gigantic sea fans.Visibility varies from 20 - 40+ metres. There are spectacular walls, dropping off to over 600 mtrs, teeming with real big fish action. Grey Reef, Black tip, and White tip sharks routinely patrol the reefs, and the occasional 5+ mtr Silvertips turn up regularly. Eagle rays, shoaling barracudas and other pelagic are also commonplace. Occasional encounters with Silkys, Oceanic White Tips, Silvertips and Scalloped Hammerheads (from December - June) add to the excitement.
In addition to the fantastic reefs and abundant marine life, Munda's seabed is litttered with wrecks from WWII that have evolved into gorgeous artificial reefs. There are 6 fighter planes, a Japanese Freigher and a small US dump site.
On the surface, there are plentiful cetacean sightings including dolphins, pilot whales and the odd minke whale, plus the chance of seeing Leatehrback Turtles.
Dive Sites around Munda:
One of the most amazing things about diving from Munda is the diversity of dives, along with scenic beauty as the dive boat travels past fishing villages, bush clad waterways and picturesque islands on its way to dive sites.
The following is only a sample of the truly world-class diving that is to be found at Munda:
Shark Point: Dropping off an incredible 4 kms into the Coral Sea, this site lives up to its name with sharks, huge schools of fish, pelagics and Eagle Rays.
Custom Cave: The volcanic island of Ndokendoke has an amazing cave system that penetrates from a bush clad fresh water pool in the middle of the island. This is one of the most exciting cave dives you’ll ever do!
Tomba-Tuni (Mushroom Island): Perched on an extinct volcano, Tomba-Tuni is indeed mushroom shaped. The dive boat ties up to an overhanging tree and you roll over straight into 500m+ of blue water. Overhangs carpeted with soft corals and gorgonians, outstanding visibility and big fish action make this a photographer’s dream.
Rainbow Passage: One of the most colourful dives in the Solomon’s, this site offers sharks, turtles and teeming fish life, plus an impressive array of corals (including the seldom seen “green coral trees”), gorgonians, sponges, invertebrates and the “Cabbage Patch”, and you have one of the most diverse coral gardens in the Pacific.
Casi Maru: This W.W.II Japanese freighter sank at her mooring along with a barge and another small boat, which now rest alongside her. Although only 45 metres long, Casi Maru is a great poke-around dive for wreck enthusiasts.
Haepe Pinnacle: Rising from the deep waters the coral mount attracts a wide variety of fish life. It is patrolled by numerous sharks, Kingfish, Barracuda and Trevally in addition to being home to many of the larger reef residents such as Bumphead Parrotfish and Maori Wrasse.
SBD Douglas Dive Bomber: This historical wreck lies intact in 12m, inhabited by plentiful marine life and is one of the best aircraft dives in the Solomon’s.
Munda reefs are in pristine condition with lush soft corals and gigantic sea fans. Snorkelers will also appreciate the extensive intact hard coral gardens in the shallows. In addition to the fantastic reefs and abundant marine life, Munda’s seabed is littered with wrecks from WWII that have evolved into gorgeous artificial reefs. There are six fighter planes, a Japanese Freighter, and a small US dump site. Visibility varies from 20 to 40+ meters.