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Taka dive boat review

The 30 meters Taka is a liveaboard known to operate on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia but has now relocated to the Solomon Islands. Built in 2004, with comfort and stability in mind, the Taka is one of the few liveaboards cruising the beautiful Solomon Islands.

Boat Cabins & Layout

solomon islands taka liveaboard master cabin

Taka liveaboard is a spacious, modern yacht which can accommodate up to 30 guests in 15 beautiful cabins on board. Each air-conditioned cabin comes complete with bath towels, bedding, cabinets and storage available for use.

There are many cabin layouts, allowing a flexible choice in term of accommodation. The picture above shows the only Master Cabin, but there are also the Deluxe cabins, fitted with a double bed and a twin bunk above, which would be perfect for a couple or a buddy team. All the aforementioned cabins have an en-suite bathroom facility.

solomon islands taka liveaboard

Furthermore, the remaining cabins are either twin or quadruple shared, all bunk-style and with shared bathrooms. There are about 5 bathrooms to share so that’s plenty.

You can check the latest schedule & prices for this liveaboard here.

Taka’s On-board Facilities

One can relax before and after dives in the air-conditioned saloon. You can borrow some Fish ID books in the library section for your reference. A computer workstation makes it possible for guests to upload or edit their underwater pictures in their downtime.

solomon islands taka liveaboard indoor lounge

Furthermore, there is plenty of outdoor space on the Taka. Indeed, along with a spacious sundeck comes and observation deck and an alfresco cushioned seating area.

Guests will never go hungry on board the Taka boat with Australian, Italian and International meals all served for breakfast, lunch and dinner with yummy snacks in between, with fixed stunning menus on board.

Want a panoramic view of the boat with sightings of the Solomon Islands? Watch this little teaser trailer of the Taka!

 

Vessel Layout

The Taka has a few competitor and doesn’t really compare to any. Indeed, it’s the newest boat cruising the Solomon Islands and it was made very smartly, using the decades of experiences of other dive boats. The Bilikiki is a great exemple of an older ship which has been completely refurbished in recent years and also boasts lots of space on-board.

taka liveaboard vessel layout

Diving with the Taka

The Taka is proudly boasting that it has been built by divers, for divers. The dive deck is massive and fully equipped with all the basics and beyond. Indeed, there are toilets & fresh water showers right on the deck plus extra rinse tanks for equipment. Plus,  there’s ample kitting-up and storage space at every station  and for 30 divers to never feel cramped.

solomon islands taka liveaboard dive deck

Finally, most of the time the Scuba Diving operation is done directly from the dive deck onto the platform and straight in the blue! Indeed the spacious platform has two ladders and offers safe water entries and exits. When needed, the Taka has 2 motorized dive tenders to assist.


Price Starts at
832$US for 3 days / 2 nights – Florida Island
2912$US for 8 days / 7 nights – Central Province
4160$US for 11 days / 10 nights – Central & Western

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

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3 liveaboard reviews for “Taka

  1. Amazing boat! The dive crew is… fantastic!!! Guardian angels, best friends, instructors, teachers, they’re everything at once! This was a stunning experience! We’ll be back! Thanks!

  2. A trip of a lifetime. The most amazing boat, staff and dive sites. The attention to detail was outstanding, my husband and I enjoyed every second. We can’t wait to go back. Paradise in every respect

  3. I have just returned from my 2nd trip with SIDE as the first trip was so great I had to come back! And I must say this trip was even more amazing than the first time round!

    Diving

    The diving is the best I have experienced in the world with crystal clear water and so much healthy and spectacular coral and fish life. The soft and hard corals are so healthy and beautiful and I saw very little coral bleaching. The abundance and variety of fish life was fantastic. On a 10 night trip, 9.5 days of diving, we managed to get 38 dives. We saw sharks on most dives, we estimate on this trip we saw 100+! More than 20 turtles, huge schools of barracuda, trevally, some huge tuna and some amazing schools of big bumperhead parratfish which were pretty cool. Add to this moray eels, squid, crayfish, octopus, crocodile fish, the list goes on… (I dont get super excited by nudibrach but others on the trip found these and heaps more of the macro amazing..) On top of this we also did a few WW2 wreck dives, with a really cool plane dive and a couple of wharf dives with so much interesting stuff to see, vehicles, barges, munitions etc.. And above the water on a few occasions pods of dolphins surfed the bow wave.

    Accomodation- Liveaboard MV Taka

    Life onboard the MV Taka is great with very comfortable, air conditioned cabins, big lounge/meals area, undercover mid deck to chill out on or upper deck to get some sun. The boat also has its own onboard desalination plant so I did enjoy a few long showers after dives!

    Crew

    The crew were so great at making our trip great! Special thanks to local crew members John, our amazing dive guide, can find absolutely anything! Diana for ensuring we were all treated like family and Zonnie just for making everyone smile with his huge grin and his dancing and singing!

    Food

    Food is great and there is sooo much of it! I would’ve liked a bit more local food. As a group we requested some local curries and the chef happily accomodated with a couple of great dishes.

    Village Visit

    On our trip we did 2 village visits which was a geat way to break up all of the diving we got done. Its a special experince as these communities have very little western influence and they really appreciate the interaction. This being our second trip we brought some small gifts to give to these communities to help with their schooling and also some balls and other things for the kids to play with.

    I’m already looking for when I can get back to this amazing and pretty much untouched part of the world! Thank you SIDE and all the amazing crew onboard the MV Taka!

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