Dive Site: Shark Point, Munda, Solomon Islands

Midnight Snapper feeding at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic reef that runs around a point
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 20MBottom: 27M
Location: The south western point of the reef around Kundukundu Hite Island, Solomon Islands

Description

Like many ‘points’, Munda’s Shark Point in the Solomons Western Province starts with a shelving reef that gets steeper and finally runs to a point where the currents meet. It’s this kind of geography that brings in the bigger fish life – and one where you need to have an eye out in the blue for schools or trevally and the like. Not that there’s little to see on the reef, quite the contrary, all the usual reef fish are there in all their usual numbers.

Diversity of coral and marinelife at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Throughout the dive we keep an eye out below and in the blue. (But I’ll spoil the suspense right away – we didn’t see a single shark on this dive – they were all chillin’ over at Munda Bar). There was plenty of other stuff out in the blue though.

Barracuda in the shallows at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

As well as big barracuda, we were treated to schools of yellow tailed scad.

School of scad passing by at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There were lots of other fish large and small. We watched a Sleek Unicorn feed getting a clean.

Sleek Unicornfish gets a clean at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

A small group of very wary Midnight Snapper came by feeding.

Midnight Snapper feeding at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Longfin Banners never seem so shy of divers, though they’ll keep you at arm’s length.

Longfin Bannerfish at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Down deep there was plenty of whip coral, but few fans or even bushy coral compared to nearby Munda Bar.

Whip coral at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Up in the shallows there were large tables of branching coral – all in great condition.

Chevroned Butterflyfish above the coral at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Lots of butterflies of various types: Chevroned and Threadfins.

Two Redfin Butterflyfish at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And no Solomons dive is complete without a couple of anemonefish – in this case, a White Bonnet, and one from another tribe, sharing the one anemone.

White-bonnet and unknown Anemonefish at Shark Point diving Munda Reef in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit