Dive Site: Leru Cut, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands

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Site Overview

Site Type: Long underwater passage open to sunlight all the way
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 11MBottom: 23M
Location: Leru Island, Russell Islands

Description

Leru Cut is a long passage cut deep into the land, almost – but not quite wide enough for a couple of divers to swim side by side. Open to the air at the top, though you can’t always see vertically upwards, it is lit by slanting shafts of sunlight in parts – depending obviously on the time of day.

Single diver in the slot diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Once at the end of the slot, you can surface and look up against vine clad vertical rock walls. There’s not too much else to see – but you can hear the gentle hum of the jungle above.

Inside the cut diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The journey out seems long as the slot is pretty featureless and there are no fish in it.

Exiting the cut diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Finally the slot opens up completely, and the sandy floor ends abruptly at the edge of the wall.

Exiting the cut diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

You just keep swimming straight on and then choose one wall or the other depending on the current.

Divers in the deep blue diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

As usual, it’ll be raining fusiliers when you get out there.

Fish faced dive in silhouette on the wall diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Outside the cut there are butterflies, angels, lots of hawkfish, parrotfish, anemonefish and those less common herbivores, the rabbitfish.

Foxface rabbitfish pair diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Finally, the most camouflaged scorpionfish I have ever seen. This guy is a pro!

Scorpionfish diving Leru Cut at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Here’s a video shot in the Russell Islands, with much of the footage coming from sites around Leru Cut.