Dive Site: Mirror Pond, Russell Islands, Solomon Islands

Mary frances leaves the cave diving mirror pond in the russell islands aboard mv taka solomon islands diveplanit banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Underwater passage to a pond where you can surface
Depth: Median: 9MBottom: 25M
Location: Mane Island, Russell Islands

Description

Mirror Pond is an iconic atmospheric swim through with slanting shafts of sunlight through most of the swim-through and false caves off to the left. It is also adjacent a great wall and surrounded by beautiful reefs, and there are plenty of colourful reef fish including the bright orange flame angel.

Divers head to the mirror pond diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There’s a single solitary barracuda who main job it appears to be, is guard the entrance.

Barracuda guards the entrance diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The false cave off to the left of the entrance has the same slanting light within …

False cave diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

… and a great view back towards the entrance.

Entrance diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The entrance is reasonably narrow, so it’s best simply to take turns swimming in and out alone – it’s much more enjoyable too.

Mary Frances leaves the cave diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There’s plenty to be looking at while waiting your turn and the viz is so good you can see the other divers for miles.

Check that water clarity diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The only things that reduce the visibility are the fish!

Entrance diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Like every other dive in the Russells – there are anemonefish in every nook and crannie.

Orange Finned under an acropora diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

A nearby reef top provides an excellent 5m safety stop location.

The bommie below diving Mirror Pond at Russell Islands Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Here’s a video shot in the Russell Islands, with much of the footage coming from the Mirror Pond and similar sites like Leru Cut and the Bat Cave.