A beautiful reef scene in the Solomon Islands

 

light rays shine through the openings in the reef

Light rays…

I can’t help but thinking that it’s never enough.There is never enough time to explore the many, many underwater sites within the Solomon Islands. Within the Coral Triangle there are countless beautiful snorkeling areas, all highly biodiverse and difficult to compare, but the Solomons has a much different feel. Each island group within the Melanesian archipelago, from the Russell Islands, Mary Island, Morovo Lagoon, or the Florida Islands, appears to offer more sites and species than we have time to delve into. The different islands also harbor slightly different reef-associated habitats. From the shadowed grottos found along many of the fringing reefs to the shallow edges of thick mangrove forests, or the current-swept reef walls where an endless variety of fish swim, each habitat is home to a discrete set of fish and invertebrates.I keep wishing to experience what’s just around the next corner yet at the same time wanting to go back and check out the finer details of what I just drifted by. The Solomon Islands is frustratingly beautiful! I suppose it’s always better to leave a destination still yearning for more but I can’t help but want to speed up time until our next Solomons adventure in December of 2016!

shallow reefs in the Solomon Islands

Shallow reefs…

Local kids in the Solomon Islands swimming in the bountiful waters

Kids having fun…

Coral colony below the surface in the Solomon Islands

A coral colony…

Coral bommie in the Solomon Islands

Coral bommies are…

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