Weare thinking of going to the Solomons for diving but also to see the country and the people. It could be our first diving experiences outside the US. We are concerned about the quality of gear and dive guides. Currently we do not own our own gear (aside from mask and fins) and we have 30 dives each -- though this might be somewhat more by the time we go. I wonder if liveaboards would take us to as many -- or possibly more? -- good dive sites than traveling on our own? How does one evaluate this? Is it better to choose a liveaboard operator like OceanDancer, or a more local one like Bikilini(sp)? Maybe we should consider a two-part trip -- one part lliveaboard, then spend a couple weeks traveling?
So many options...I'm a bit confused.
Thanks for any thoughts.