Dive Site: Grand Central Station, Gizo, Solomon Islands

Anthias against the blue at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Steep reef wall leading to a point
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 22MBottom: 28M
Location: Between the two islands at the north west tip of Gizo Island, Solomon Islands

Description

I’ve never been to New York’s Grand Central Station, but I suspect the name of this Grand Central Station dive site near Gizo in Solomons Western Province is derived from the sheer numbers of folks just passing through.

Being on the northern most tip of Gizo, it usually has great visibility and the biggest variety of fish life – from the smallest to the largest. It can be done as a great double dive day with the Toa Maru – and lunch on a deserted island, cooked by Dive Gizo‘s dive guide and boat man.

Anthias with blue behind at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The dive starts by running down a gully off the edge of the reef top.

Pyramid Butterflyfish at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

It then follows along a wall to the point.

The wall drops steeply at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

At this point it would have been great to have had a reef hook though we managed to find a few outcrops of rock to hang on to with a finger hold. Out in the blue in front of us there are schools of Fusiliers, Trevallies and Jack’s attracting grey reef sharks who cruise by and by and by.

Grey Reef Shark at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Then they return – hidden amongst the fusiliers.

Shark amid the fusiliers at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Next the Barracuda arrive, first in ones – then in manys!

Barracuda at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And this brings back the grey reefies.

Shark and barracuda at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Next an eagle ray, after that unicornfish, followed by surgeons. The whole thing is like a Solomons dive-in movie.

After 20 minutes just watching the coming and mainly going we move back along the wall to the more sheltered shallow reef and mooring. There are a couple of gullies running down through the steeply sloping wall so navigation is easy and the actual point where most of the action happens is probably only 60 m from the mooring.

Ornate Butterflyfish at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Up at 14 m there is a whole new crowd, the butterflies, angels and wrasse; and then, above 8 m there are the damsels, anthias and humbugs.

Teeming with little red fish at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Above the 14 m mark the corals are all in great shape and make perfect backdrops.

Spotfin Lionfish at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

If you’re not completely distracted by the ‘big show’ going on around you. There are still nudis to be found, like this little beauty: Kos Chromodoris.

Kos Chromodoris Nudibranch at Grand Central Station diving Gizo in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

After an hour were at 50 bar and reluctantly return to the boat which is hovering in sight above us.