Dive Site: Karumolun Point, Russell Islands, Solomons

White tipped reef shark diving karumolun point in the russell islands aboard mv taka solomon islands diveplanit copyright david power banner

Site Overview

Site Type: 60° sloping reef running to a point of converging currents
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 15MBottom: 30M
Location: Karumolun Island, Russell Islands

Description

The main attraction at Karumolun Point is scene right at the point where pelagics are to be found swimming lazily in what appears to the diver to be reasonably strong current. The best show is between the 25 and 30m mark where you’ll see barracuda, jacks and reef sharks cruising passed back and forth.

Barracuda diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The following three images are courtesy of David Power, who has spent some time diving in the Russell Islands and knows where to be to grab the best shots.

School of jacks diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by David Power

Even so, sharks don’t give a stuff about deco and will happily cruise by at 40m too.

Shark children diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by David Power

The barracuda tend to stay higher and so it’s easier to match their depth.

School of barracuda diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by David Power

It’s not just the big fish that like the point: fusiliers stream up, down and around the slope too.

Divers and yellow tail fusiliers diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Further away from the point, the slope turns progressively to flatter territory, even with some swim throughs, though this one was completely blocked by sea fans.

Life behind the veil diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Elsewhere parrotfish, snapper and the ever present reef fish our found in the shallower waters.

Square spot anthias diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Likewise, over the staghorn thickets you might find a turtle or two.

Hawksbill turtle approaches diving Karumolun Point at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The anemones and in this case the Orange Anemonefish are there too.

Orange Clownfish anemonefish diving Karumolun Point in the Russell Islands aboard MV Taka Solomon Islands Diveplanit Blog 0606

Here’s a video shot in the Russell Islands, with much of the footage coming from Karumolun Point.