Dive Site: Landoro Gardens, Uepi, Solomon Islands

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Site Overview

Site Type: Relatively shallow coral garden
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 25M
Location: Where Landoro Passage meets the ocean at the western end of Uepi Island, Solomon Islands

Description

Landoro Garden is a classic second dive – you could easily stay above 15m if you needed to – though for some reason my computer had me at 25m twice in the first 10 minutes of the dive.  Maybe it was to try and capture this Bignose Unicornfish? – A common sight in this part of the Solomons.

Bignose unicornfish at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There is a bit of an outer wall, but most of the dive is spent weaving around large coral bommies separated by sandy bottoms with occasional thickets of staghorn coral.

Staghorn coral at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The sort of place where you’d find Saddle butterflyfish,

Pair of saddle butterflyfish at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And this little guy – the Netted Toby.

Netted Toby at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

A noticeable feature of this dive is the number of bivalves – that’s giant clams – not just in isolation, but in pairs and even threes.

Two big bivalves at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There are pockets of soft corals as well as hard corals – including these mimicking little palm trees.

Palm tree shaped soft corals at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Lots of ascidians everywhere, or all colours, shapes and sizes.

Ascidian at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

 

Ascidian at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The Solomons appears to have its own subtly distinctly coloured anemonefish.  Similar to a Clarks, but with a dark margin on the two white bands, and dark gold body, and yellow fins, tails and nose!

Local Anemonefish at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

 

Local anemonefish: golden mouth and tail at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There are many different Anemonefish found around the Solomon Islands. A few of them feature in  this video.

Like all the other dives at Uepi, there is a designated 5m point where you can do your safety stop and still enjoy the dive.

Small reef fish above the reef at Landoro Garden diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

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