Dive Site: Munda Reef, Solomon Islands

Yellow tailed fusiliers running down the reef with diver at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Long scenic reef
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 20MBottom: 26M
Location: The reef runs south east from Lavata Island (also known as ‘Skull Island’), off Munda. Solomon Islands.

Description

Munda Reef in the Solomons Western Province is also called Munda Bar, (as in ‘Wunderbar!’). We dived it the same day as the nearby Shark Point, and actually, it was where we found the sharks.

The reef top is quite shallow, and the reef falls away quite steeply.

Yellow tailed fusiliers running down the reef with diver at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Down at depth you’ll find some beautiful coloured seafans.

Diver photographing seafan at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

As well as Barrel Sponges.

Sponge barrel with diver photographing at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

It’s also where you’ll find the grey reefies cruising by.

Grey Reef Shark passing by at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

If you’re lucky and they’re curious, they might come around again for another look-see.

Grey Reef Shark turns at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

We spotted this blue-spotted ray, just after he spotted us. He ducked under a ledge, and thought he was pretty well concealed.

Blue spotted ray hiding at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

He didn’t realise he’d left the back door wide open.

Blue-Spotted Ray looks out at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Every so often a school of fusiliers of one type or another – like these Scissortails – would come streaming past in a seemingly never-ending procession.

Scissortail Fusiliers at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Blue and Gold Fusiliers were queuing four deep at the cleaning station.

Fusiliers leaving the cleaning station at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Up in the shallows there’s plenty of life to observe during the safety stop. Blue-lined surgeons in particular.

Blue-lined Surgeon at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

All up, given it’s just 15 minutes boat ride from Munda, it’s the kind of Solomons dive you could do daily just to get yourself wetted.

Orange seafan with blue behind at Munda Reef diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit