Dive Site: Uepi Point, Solomon Islands

Pink anemonefish with other small reef fish at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Wall and reef; Macro (Nudi's); occasional Mega fauna
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 18M
Location: The corner of Uepi where the Charapoana passage meets the ocean. Solomon Islands

Description

Uepi Point is the Uepi Island Resort signature dive and definitely one of best in the Solomons. The ocean facing side of Uepi drops off in a steep wall. The water from the Marovo Lagoon flows via the Charapoana Passage.  The currents are not strong, but carry nutrients which attract the smaller stuff, which attracts the bigger stuff … you get the idea. Though a good dive at any time of day, in the early mornings and late afternoons it can be really going off with large schools of trevally and barracuda, as well as rays and reef sharks. The Point can be dived in many ways, as there is the wall side, a coral garden at around 12 – 5m and a drift back along the channel back to the resort.

Here is a short video of some of the great variety of marine life you will see. (I’ll be going back to grab some video of all the other stuff that’s not featured).

Starting from the Wall which is a mass of colour of corals and gorgonians you’ll see reef sharks or rays cruising below.

Black tip shark below at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Looking amongst the gorgonians there are all manner of fish, from the quiet Lionfish

Two Lionfish at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

The humble Horned banner

Horned Bannerfish at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And the very shy Netted Toby.

Netted Toby at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

As the wall gives way to the Point itself at around 14m there are coral stacks and larges plates of acropora.

Coral stack at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There are plenty of nudis for the nudi buffs.

Nudi at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And plenty more colourful sea fans, whips and ascidians, all teeming with basslets and maybe a shy squirrelfish if you look closely.

Queen basslets with red fan and whips at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Up on the point there are areas of sand between the coral bommies where invariably a reef shark will be resting … with garden eels sprouting up all around him!

Shark resting on the sand at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Also in this area there are shy sailfish tangs,

Sailfin Tang at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And some very unshy schooling banners who will almost buzz you in the free water between the bommies.

Buzzed by Schooling bannerfish at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

Looking around in this area, (particularly under things), I found this Hairy legged hermit crab

Hairy legged hermit crab at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

More nudis…

Nudi at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

And a Blue spotted ray – who was not too happy about being spotted!

Blue spotted ray - not happy about being spotted at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

There are many giant triggerfish in the channel. (Having recently had a run-in with one, I now give them wider berth than sharks). There are also a number of Clown triggers, who are not aggressive – but will ‘stand their ground’.

Clown triggerfish at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

A final treat for me towards the end of the dive was an encounter with a crocodile fish – great subject for photography as they seem unfazed by lights and these clumsy, cumbersome bubbling creatures that hover in front of them.

Crocodile fish at Uepi Point diving Uepi in the Solomon Islands by Diveplanit

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