Paradise Cruise Catamaran

BY S.V CHEMISTRY

An unforgettable experience...

cruise - fish - snorkel - surf & RELAX in paradise on a small tailor made charter

 

Sail the Tropical Pacific Ocean Lagoons of New Georgia in the Western Province, Santa Isabel, the rarely visited area of Choiseul and any of the other 990 islands that make up the Solomon Islands on board the 60 foot catamaran SV Chemistry.
Surf the remote waves, fish for world class catches, snorkel on pristine reef, take an adventure cruise to the Land That time forgot of "The Hapi Isles" The Solomons is the ideal place to cruise with sheltered waters, lagoon and bays, remote villages, think tropical rainforest teaming with rare wildlife, exotic birds and amazing flora.

 

SV Chemistry is a  60 foot, 6 berth, Bob Oramsailing catamaran Catamaran initially launched in 2000 but not completed until 2006. Two Kubota diesels for when the wind does not serve. Desalinator and roof catchment for fresh water. Fridge and deep freeze. All safety equipment. Comprehensive first aid kit although we do not carry defibrillators or oxygen. Gavin is an experienced yacht master who has cruised The Solomons since 2008. Luciana is an excellent Brazilian Chef.

Let us tailor design an unforgettable sailing trip to take on a discovery of life. Step Off The Map in the Solomon Islands.

Communication is Vhf and mobile phone.

Game rod, casting rod, trolling line and lures all provided. 

SV Chemistry carries a dinghy with  30 hp outboard to access the reefs for snorkelling or exploring the remote beaches and shallows of the lagoons. Also carried is an ocean kayak. Scuba is available through local operators. Surf when the waves are up or just unwind on board.

Contact us today to book your own tailor made itinerary!

 

 

Just three hours flying time from Brisbane are the Solomon Islands – an unspoiled, undiscovered paradise with over 990 islands, all relatively untouched by the influences of the modern world. This pristine paradise boasts breathtaking beaches lapped by the crystal-clear waters of the Coral Sea, renowned for their abundant marine life. With its rich culture, WWII history, ancient rainforests and laid back lifestyles these islands are widely considered the South Pacific’s best-kept secret.

The population of 560,000 is mainly Melanesian – while some of the outer islands are home to Polynesians and Micronesians. The local people can appear shy, but are very friendly and always hapi to share a kustom stori or have a laugh with their new friends.

Off the beaten track, village life in the Solomon Islands remains much as it has for centuries - “lost in time”

Through our work in the area, we’ve built strong relationships with many of the village elders, and are welcome to bring our guests for a visit and hopefully hear some of the beautiful harmonies from the locals villagers.

Along the way, there’s also the opportunity to take part in everything from a game of football with the local kids to a village welcome ceremony, hand-line fishing or shopping for local handicrafts.

MV Taka - your floating home with postcard views all day

Introducing SIDA’s live aboard boat in the Solomon Islands.  Built in 2004, Taka is a custom designed diving vessel with 13 cabins accommodating up to 30 guests and a crew of 12 including a dive team, skipper, boat crew and chefs.

Inside she boasts a huge lounge and dining area with DVDs, large TVs and a dedicated camera area for our photographer guests. Spend time sharing your photos from your adventure, reading a book from the library or just hanging out in air conditioned comfort.

Prefer to lounge outside, no worries, there is plenty of room.  Up top is a large sun deck complete with loungers where you can catch some sun as the world goes by.  On the second deck, there is have an expansive covered seating area where you can sit back and relax without any worry about UV rays.

The dive deck has a toilet, freshwater showers & freshwater rinse bins for equipment.  Each station has ample storage for your equipment above and below your station.  Two ladders access the dive platform provide easy access to and from the water. Most dives are done directly off the dive deck with a tender in the water for additional safety. Photography facilities are excellent.


Accomodation

Taka features 6 large Upper Deck cabins all with ensuite facilities and 7 Lower Deck cabins with shared bathrooms.  All cabins are full air conditioned and come with reading lights, ipod docking stations, hairdryers, towels, bedding, 24 hour electricity, fire warning systems, fire extinguishers and life jackets.

Master Suite (cabin 2)

Our largest cabin, this spacious suite has a double bed, private sitting area, lots of storage and a full en suite

Lower Deck Quad (cabins 8 and 11)

Two cabins are available for twin quad share.  5 bathrooms equipped with toilet, sink and shower are shared

Deluxe Cabin (cabins 1,3,4,5,6)

These spacious rooms feature a double bed with a twin bunk above (note: cabin 1 is fitted with two twin bunks only) and are suited towards a couple or buddy team. Each cabin has a small seating area, ample storage and a full en suite bathroom.

Lower Deck Standard (Cabins 7, 9a, 9b ,10a, 10b)

These comfortable rooms each have two twin bunks (note: cabin 7 has a double and a twin) and are best suited towards more economy travellers.  5 bathrooms equipped with toilet, sink and shower are shared.


Onboard Hospitality

Meals are always important when you are travelling, surfing, snorkel and diving, so the galley staff do their best to produce quality and tasty meals and snacks. Three warm and hearty meals are served daily and snacks are always ample. The menu will include a selection of local vegetables, pork, beef, fresh fish (often caught right off the boat), chicken, pasta, rice, homemade bread, scones, biscuits and of course, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and all the usual condiments to complete the meal. Desserts are always yummy and there is lots of fresh fruit and fresh lime juice, called bush lime. Galley staff are also prepared to assist with special menu requirements, but we request notification of such needs well in advance of the departure date, to ensure that arrangements can be made and supplies obtained. We have a Ships-Only Bar policy and we are fully stocked with spirits, beer and wine. Soft drinks are also available. There is a charge for bar drinks and soft drinks.


Itineraries from Honiara or Munda

  • Tues 8 Jan – Tues 15 Jan 2019 – (Depart HONIARA) - LIMITED AVAILABILITY

  • Sat 2 March – Fri 8 March 2019 – (Depart MUNDA) - AVAILABLE

  • Fri 8 March - Tues 12 March - (Depart MUNDA) - FULLY BOOKED

  • Sat 11 May – Fri 17 May 2019 – (Depart MUNDA) - AVAILABLE

  • Sat June 29- Sat July 6 2019 – (Depart HONIARA) – AVAILABLE

  • Sat 10 Aug – Sat 17 Aug 2019 – (Depart HONIARA) – AVAILABLE

  • Sat 17 Aug – Wed 21 Aug 2019 – (Depart HONIARA) – FULLY BOOKED

  • Tues 29 Oct – Tues 8 Nov 2019 – (Depart HONIARA) – LIMITED AVAILABILITY

7 Nights – Your inclusive package from $2499 per person*

AIRPORT TRANSFERS TO AND FROM THE MV TAKA

ALL TOUR ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

SERVICES OF EXPERT LOCAL GUIDES

7 NIGHTS ON-BOARD ACCOMMODATION

ALL ON-BOARD MEALS, SNACKS AND NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

USE OF SPORTING EQUIPMENT INCLUDING STAND UP PADDLEBOARDS, KAYAKS AND SNORKELLING GEAR

SCUBA DIVES INCLUDING AN INTRODUCTORY DIVE WITH FULLY QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS, FREE DIVING, and SNORKEL SAFARIS


Your typical itinerary includes a combination of village visits, WWII tours, diving, snorkelling, beach BBQs, watersports and relaxation…. Ohhh and then there’s the food. Delicious meals and snacks served up by the comedic on-board chefs.

These special itinerary trips are all about adventure. Each day, we have activities planned so that you can enjoy the amazing Solomon Islands.  Whether you are learning to dive with one of our qualified instructors, paddle boarding along the coastline where the mangroves meet the sea, or joining in a sing-sing at one of the local villages and trying your hand at playing a homemade panpipe, you are sure to enjoy.

Each trip is 7 nights with adventures planned every day.  Perfect for you and your family to explore and cruise the Solomon Islands.

Along the way, we stop at some of the smaller islands and visit remote local villages. Come shop for produce for our meals or check out the local carvings. You might even be able to catch a game of football with the local village children! Weather depending, this itinerary may also be offered in reverse.

 This amazing journey gives you the very best of the Solomon Islands diving. You may experience the Florida Islands, Russell Islands, Mary Island and the incredible Vona Vona or Marovo Lagoon.

FOR THE DIVERS

Our diving facilities are second to none. We have a large dive deck with individual storage for gear, racks and hangers for suits, warm freshwater showers, separate rinse tanks for photo gear.  As the bulk of our diving is done directly of the boat - we offer an open dive deck at each site.  Tanks are filled at the end of each dive then rigged for the next one. Our crew are trained to expertly handle your tanks and other gear. The only time you have to touch your tank is when you’re diving and it’s on your back!

A briefing will precede each dive, and our Trip Director will outline the type of dive, what you can expect to see and recommendations regarding current, depth, and activities. Divers set their own profile in conjunction with their buddy, their computer and their previous diving activities, and are welcome to discuss their plans with the crew for assistance and advice.  The first dive of every trip is always guided and we offer at least three guided dives each day


Custom Charters

We are very passionate about providing amazing liveaboard dive trips to world class destinations. As well as our regular trips throughout the Solomon Islands, we frequently plan some extraordinary expeditions. These trips vary in duration, location and purpose. There’s one constant though – you can expect an outstanding experience with a professional dive operator.

Taka is also available for private charter for research, exploration or holiday itineraries.  Whether you are hosting a family reunion, want to organize a custom photo shoot, are looking to organize a research expedition, or just want the boat all to yourself - we can organize an experience that will exceed every expectation.

Examples of previous and upcoming private charters include: