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Dive Review of Bilikik in
Solomon Islands

Bilikik, Apr, 2007,

by Linda & Ron Welf, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 3571.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, & Little Cayman; Hondoras; Bonaire; Belize; Yap; Palau; Truk; Cozumel; Fiji; Sulewesi; Lembeh; Bunaken; Spidan; Wakatobi.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive masters did not monitor anyone; you were lucky if you even saw them.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments nice area for camera maintenance. all that you would need.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments April 2007, we did 38 dives over 11 days. The water was a warm 85-86 degrees. Nitrox was used by everyone. Overall, we were pleased with the diving because we only have 300 dives to our history. Companions with over 1000 dives were bored. (Although they did seem highly enthusiastic over the many pygmy seahorses that were easily found.)

Waters were calm, few waves, few currents, and diving was easy. This type of diving is good for macro photography. We came back with 1350 photos. Mostly small stuff but also bumphead parrot fish, giant wrasse and schools of barracuda, jacks, snapper, and a profusion of small tropicals. Only a few rays and sharks. We liked stuff in the mangrove shallows, like banded archerfish, estuarine halfbeaks, pajama cardinal fish, bigmouth mackerel. Another favorite in the sand were the many signal gobies and crocodile flatheads.

The boat is older, but OK. Twenty divers are divided into two aluminum tenders. The dive masters seemed a little burnt out. One dive master is assigned to lead two groups of ten...ie, twenty people. They do not wait for anyone. Dive Master Monte was engaging, but his female companion seemed indifferent to customer interests. If you do not need a dive guide, then you will be fine. If you think you need one, take different trip.

It is a long flight here. Unfortunately, we flew Air Pacific, a Fijian airline. They had mechanical problems both going and returning. Since our flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems, we were rerouted to Quantus, via Australia and arrived a day late. Try to avoid Air Pacific.
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