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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands/Various Islands

December, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas C. Spencer, CA, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5876
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean/South America/Central America/Polynesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I did not bring a camera, however everyone else did and all seemed
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
I am a long time, but strictly recreational diver.  I limit myself to 1-2
trips a year.  This was only my second live aboard.  I limit myself to 3
dives per day.  It was arranged by well known dive master and host Sonia
Goggle.  I met Sonia 5 years ago during my 1st live aboard in Fiji aboard
the Nai.  Just as I was looking around for a trip I recieved an unexpected
email from her.  Timing is everything.  Take my comments as an
inexperienced live aboard person.

1) Sonia put the trip together and she was her usual upbeat and warm self. 
She usually guides trips in the Red Sea/Fiji/Solomons.  She worked hard to
make sure her customers were comfortable and had a fun.  She and the Dive
Masters made the trip for me.
2) The boat dive masters were a couple named Sam and Kellie.  They were
funny, helpful, intelligent and great underwater guides.  Kellie went on
every single night dive which I found amazing.  They both work extremely
hard to accomodate everyone.  They were very social and gracious during
meal times.
3) The food was unbelievable (I need to loose the 5lbs I gained).  The last
night was lobster, steak and champagne.  I like to eat and fouund it 'crazy
4) The boat was full of photographers and everyone seemed fine with all of
the facilities.  The charging room was upstairs.
5) The boat looks exactly like it does online.  It was built in 1989, but
reapirs and upkeep show it has been much loved.  Nothing fancy, but very
6) The crew of 8 work very, very hard.  The tinnies always followed the
divers regardless of direction.  They are masterful at spotting bubbles.
7) Saw black tip/grey sharks at least one dive per day.  Some spots were
super healthy and the reefs looked to be in great condition.  Not huge
pelagics, but enough to keep you interested.
9) A couple of divers did 5 dives a day.
10) People paddle out in canoes every day to sell you fruits and
vegatables.  Village visits are a blast and there is lots of local
crafts/jewelry to buy.  Watching Kellie negotiate prices was amazing from
an economic perspective.  These natives are the 'real deal.'  
11) Small stuff is everywhere and frankly is a photographers dream.  12)
The bang for the buck/Value for a 2 week trip was amazing and I am greatful
I had the opportunity
13) Solomons is a poor country and Honiara needs a bit of love.  I stayed
at the Heritage Park for a day to decompress and my opnion is that it was
the best place in town.
14) Owners Rick/Jane are very civil/acomodating/honest.
15) I am very glad I went.  Have fun!
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