Dive Site: Charapoana Point, Uepi, Solomon Islands

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Site Overview

Site Type: Wall and reef; Macro (Nudi's); occasional Mega fauna
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 18M
Location: The corner of the island to the east of Uepi where the Charapoana passage meets the ocean. Solomon Islands.

Description

Charapoana Point is a dive site similar in some respects to Uepi Point – but not quite on the same scale. It is on the other side of the lagoon channel and is mainly an ocean facing wall. The big marine life favours Uepi Point, but this wall provides the opportunity to see some of the smaller creatures, and is a dive that you can pretty much do at any depth profile from 30m to 6m. It’s a ‘take your time – and look, and then look again‘ kinda dive! You’ll be amazed how much there is to see.

Diver on the wall at Chanapoana Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

That wall has hollows, which are not swim-throughs, but which provide refuge for all manner of reef fish typically found all over the Solomons.

Lots of hollows - Whip coral and seafans in silhouette at Chanapoana Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Take a torch and illuminate some of these places – it’s a lottery of what you’ll find in each.

Blue spotted ray at Chanapoana Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There are stacks of nudis along the walls

Nudi at Chanapoana Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Particularly as you get higher up into the shallows.

Nudi at Chanapoana Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

On top of the coral, at the top of the wall, around 5 m whilst doing your safety stop – don’t stop looking – a Solomons dive is never over until you are back in the boat.  There are plenty of interesting fish like this little dwarf hawkfish.

Dwarf hawkfish at Chanapoana Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And lots of non-fish like this Heffernan’s sea star.

Heffernans seastar at Chanapoana Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

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