Dive Site: Tulagi Twin Tunnels, Solomon Islands

Site Overview

Site Type: Sea mount with short vertical shafts, cave, wall and scenic reef
Depth: Top: 16MMedian: 17MBottom: 36M
Location: About 1 km south east of Tulagi Island, Solomon Islands

Description

The Twin Tunnels dive site is on a seamount that rises from the seabed at a few hundred metres to top out on a reasonably sized, 16m plateau. It is about 1 km south east of Tulagi Island in the Solomons. It has a pair of tunnels that drop vertically another 16 m from the top of the plateau into a horizontal cave at about 34m. The cave is no more than 10m deep and opens onto the wall. The dive proceeds up the wall and towards whichever edge of the seamount is facing the current, as this is where all the fish will be feeding.

You want me to go down there diving Tulagi with Tulagi Dive in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The tunnels are quite wide, – wide enough to go down in a sky-diving posture if you want to take pix.

Blue coral lines the tunnel entrance at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The entrances are lined with corals at the top.

Colourful seafans line the upper edge at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Followed by brightly coloured fans half way down.

Soldiers guard the cave at the bottom at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There’s not actually too much in the bottom of the hole in the cave – just the night fish like soldiers, squirrels and bigeyes waiting for night.

Looking out of the cave horizontally at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Though if you take your time (and I suggest you do otherwise the tunnel and cave bit seems to be over all too quickly), you can get some nice silhouette shots from inside the cave.

Looking back up at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Before you head back up the wall – have a look round – you might see a couple of reefies cruising by; and as you make your way up you’ll pass through streams of fusiliers heading down.

Blue and gold fusiliers at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Higher up they’ll be anthias in purple

Purple anthias on the sea mount wall at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And orange.

Scissor tail anthias on the wall at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Once you get to the edge of the mount facing the water stream, (the current is not so strong you need a reef hook),

Deb and Neil at the drop off diving Tulagi with Tulagi Dive in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

You’ll see every kind of fish feeding.

Variety of fish at the drop off diving Tulagi with Tulagi Dive in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Don’t forget to leave time to explore the top. You’ll see all the regular reef fish from Angels to Wrasse, Butterflies, Banners to Blanquillos. There was even a school of Midnight Snapper feeding.

Snapper arrive for a feed at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And like most of the coral in the Solomons, this coral is in excellent shape!

Coral spirals at Twin Tunnels diving Tulagi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit