solomon islands

Dive Munda Is Training Solomon Island Youth To Become Scuba Divers

IT IS TIME TO GET THE YOUTH OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS DIVING! Dive Munda, a dive center located in Munda Solomon Islands has launched an initiative to train and certify local youth as scuba divers. Let’s find opportunity during this…

Simon’s Nature Reserve, One Man’s Quest To Preserve Coral Diversity

Simon’s Nature Reserve Nestled between two indistinct flagpoles within a remote Solomon Island passage is what we can only describe as one man’s quest to preserve coral diversity. A labor of love fifteen years in the making, Simon’s Nature Reserve is…

Isopora cylindrica – a Solomon Island Specialty

Isopora cylindrica – Corals of the Solomon Islands A few days ago I landed in the Solomon Islands, and while this destination is a popular topic on the pages of Reef Builders, in fact, it is my very first time…

Take a Dive on a Solomon Island Sloping Reef Habitat

Now more than ever when an inordinate amount of our corals are coming from Australia, it’s quite refreshing to get a reminder of corals from the Solomon Islands, one of the corners of the infamous coral triangle. Visiting this part…

Coral Diving in the Solomon Islands, Series Preview

Every coral in our aquariums did not ‘come from’ a fish store, they did not originate at an exporter, their journey began much, much further away. Every Acro, Chalice, Monti or Soft Coral came from a tropical, equatorial country most…

Blue Acropora Yongei Documented Over 20 Years by Bruce Carlson

Blue Acropora are among the most coveted corals in reef aquarium. Meanwhile, the brilliant Green Slimer Acropora yongei is one of the most common and fastest growing corals in captivity. But did you know these two types of coral have something…

ORA Deluxe Clarki Clownfish are Misbarred from the Solomon Islands

The Deluxe Clarki Clownfish is the newest domesticated clownfish strain to be released by Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums, better known as ORA. This new clownfish strain is interesting not for having crazy snowflake, picasso or lightning patterns, but instead for…

Leptoseris papyracea, the other branching Lepto coral

Leptoseris is a genus of coral that has absolutely blown up in the marine aquarium hobby in the last few years. Notable efforts to collect rare and unusual strains of Leptos, especially by Fox and Worldwide, have led to more…

The Green Splash Astreopora is alive and well in captivity

When we first discovered the Green Splash Astreopora randalli growing in a turbid chalice coral reef in the Solomon Islands, we knew this coral was special. We’ve always had a special fascination for unusual corals, among them those that show…

Palauastrea ramosa is your weird coral of the week

Palauastrea ramosa is one of those bizzar-o corals that we’ve always wondered about from seeing it in books, and which has never truly enjoyed any kind of exposure in the reef aquarium scene. Thankfully, a few recent trips to the…