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Solomons PNG Master

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Custom-built in 2004, Solomons PNG Master is a 30-meter steel-hulled vessel which offers 12 cabins and accommodates up to 20 guests diving Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea. 

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  • Solomons PNG Master has 12 cabins accomodating up to 20 guests:
    • 1 upper deck master cabin with double bed & sitting area
    • 2 upper deck deluxe cabins with double bed
    • 2 upper deck standard cabins with twin beds 
    • 1 upper deck standard cabin with single bunk beds
    • 4 lower deck single cabins, each with 1 single bed
    • 2 lower deck standard cabins with twin beds

    All cabins are fully air-conditioned and offer reading lights, ipod docking stations, hairdryers and towels. The upper deck cabins offer full ensuite shower rooms.

  • Diving amenities include:
    • up to 4 dives per day (3 guided dives per day)
    • 12 & 15 litre aluminium scuba tanks with INT valves
    • open dive deck, most dives done off the back of the boat
    • nitrox & nitrox training
    • two large skiffs for pick ups and tours
  • Diving itineraries include:
    • Best of Solomons (10 nights)
    • Taste of Solomons (7 nights)
    • Solomons Wreck Week (one per year)
    • Guadalcanal to Western Province (Honiara to Munda, Solomons)
    • Solomons to PNG transit trip (Munda, Solomons to Rabaul, PNG)
    • New Britain, PNG
    • New Hanover, PNG
    • PNG to Western Province, Solomons transit trip (Rabaul to Munda)
    • Western Province to Guadalcanal (Munda to Honiara)
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & diving
    • meals, snacks & non-alcoholic beverages
    • compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    • airport or hotel transfers
    • scheduled land visits
  • Extras include:
    • international & domestic airfares
    • reef tax
    • nitrox
    • scuba gear rental
    • PADI dive courses
    • 15L tanks
    • carbonated & alcoholic beverages

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Built: 2004
Length: 30 metres
Breadth: 8 metres
Draft: 3 metres
Construction: Steel
Engines: 1800HP MTU
2000v12 engine
Cruising Speed: 11 knots
Generators: 2 x 150kw
Water maker
Water Storage: 30 000 litres


Captain: 1
Chief Engineer: 1
Second Engineer/deckhand 2
Chefs: 2
First Mate / Second Mate: 2
Housekeeper: 1
Night Watch: 1
Dive Team: 3


First Aid: Fully Stocked Kit
Emergency Responders
Emergency Oxygen
Life jackets: 47
Life Rafts: 2 x 25 person
Life Rings: 4
Radios: 2 x VHF
1 x SSB
4 x Handheld
Smoke Detectors


Aqualung/Mares scuba equipment rental: Additional charges apply
12l Aluminium Tank
15l Aluminium /Steel Tank: On request, additional charges apply
Valve Fittings: DIN and INT
Compressors: 3 x Bauer MIS
Nitrox Bank System: Additional charges apply
Re-breather friendly No Re-breather rental available
Surface Marker Buoys

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Solid, strong & spacious

Formerly the Taka, now owned & operated by Master Liveaboards, the Solomons PNG Master is the newest liveaboard in the Solomons region.  With her massive 4-deck structure she guarantees plenty of space to enjoy in your non-diving hours.

The top sun deck is dedicated to sun worshippers who will find lounge chairs ready & waiting ... while just below on the upper deck, you’ll enjoy an expansive covered seating area for those who wish to escape the UV rays.  The upper deck also houses 6 cabins, all with windows

On the main deck, you'll find the interior, air-conditioned lounge/dining area which is enormous and offers DVDs, large TVs and a dedicated camera area for photographers. At the stern on this deck is the dive deck, which will be the platform for most of your diving.

The lower deck are six additional cabins, including four cabins for single divers.

Fresh & abundant table fare

The chef offers local cuisines while also featuring recipes from an international menu.  You'll find local vegetables, pork, beef, fresh fish (often caught right off the boat), chicken, pasta, rice, homemade bread, scones, biscuits and of course, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and all the usual condiments to complete the meal.

There is lots of fresh fruit and fresh lime juice, called bush lime. Galley staff are also prepared to assist with special menu requirements, but please let us know in advance of the departure date,


The dive deck has freshwater showers & freshwater rinse bins for equipment.  Each station has ample storage for your equipment above and below your station. The two ladders which access the dive platform provide easy access to and from the water.

Most dives are done directly off the large dive deck with a tender in the water for additional safety. Dive guides are always available but you are free to explore the dive sites at your leisure (within the confines of your training and experience).  

The reefs start very close to the surface which means there is little need for deep dives. Often the reefs drop off gradually allowing you to explore extensively at relatively shallow depths which can be extra dives per day under the right conditions. Computers are mandatory for all divers.  If you do not have your own, you can rent one on the boat.

Photography facilities are excellent. The boat has dedicated camera preparation areas with plenty of charging points and large rinse tanks as well as storage drawers and a large plasma screen to view and share your photos and videos with your dive buddies.


Offering both 7 and 10-night itineraries, the diving encompasses the best diving in Solomon Islands and two routes in Papua New Guinea - one in New Hanover, the second in New Britain.

Really adventurous and exploratory in nature are the transit trips to and from Solomons & Papua New Guinea. Many a dive site in this itinerary has rarely or never been dived before. If you've been everywhere & done everything ... this trip is highly recommended!

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