Dive Site: Secret Spot, Gizo, Solomon Islands

Colourful anthias at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Reef with Gorgonians and macro
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 20MBottom: 30M
Location: At the western tip of the islands just the other side of Ferguson Passage from Gizo, Solomon Islands

Description

Secret Spot dive site near Gizo in Solomons Western Province is a steep sided slope that runs into a vertical wall and then from a steep wall back into a steep sided slope with a couple of gullies towards the end. As such it provides a great variety of terrain and hence the critters that you find on each.

Multitude of seafans at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

You can start at about 20 to 28 m with the gorgonians and move gradually up and along the slope and wall as you go.

Granulated seastar at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

There are there is a great variety of reef fish all the way along, and hanging out in the blue are unicorn fish, surgeons and the odd shark.

Blue spotted ray at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

On the slope side, depending on that part of the terrain, you’ll find Pennant Bannerfish in the coral,

Pennant Bannerfish at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

Fire Dartfish on the sand very close to their holes, and

Fire Dartfish at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

… just drifting through the landscape in pairs, Butterflies like this pair of ornates.

Pair of Ornate Butterflyfish at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

There’s quite a bit of macro life on the slope too, such as this Sarasvati Shrimp in Xenia soft coral.

Sarasvati Shrimp in Xenia soft coral at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

The Nudis here are enormous, the biggest I’ve seen in the Solomons; as well as some of the prettiest, like this Willans Chromodoris.

Willans Chromodoris Nudibranch at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

There are quite a few deep ledgers, almost caves, where the night fish such as the soldiers and squirrel fish are hanging out. There was a Barramundi Grouper hiding in there too.

Barramundi Grouper at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

And one of my personal favourites, the playful Hawkfish, who love to play hide and seek with divers.

Dwarf Hawkfish at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit

Back up at 5m for the surface interval you’ll be entertained by a colourful show of anthias.

Colourful anthias at Secret Spot diving Gizo in the Gizo by Diveplanit