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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Sean Bruner, AZ, US
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Report Number 5603
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, PNG, Palau, Fiji, Galapagos, Revillagigedo, Bonaire, BVI,
Cozumel, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was a camera table in the diving area on the back of the boat and a
large dry table inside the salon.  Upstairs there was an area with plenty
of 110 volt outlets for charging.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Diving on the Bilikiki was five times per day, every three hours, including
a night dive.  Everyone dove nitrox with computers.  Dive sites were varied
and easy, with shallow dives (50 - 80 ft) and coral gardens at safety stop
depth to keep it interesting.  Diving is from small boats
("tinnies") with backroll in and a ladder up.  Dive times
averaged one hour, but you could stay longer if your air and computer were
good.  Coral was magnificent and most dives featured a wide variety of
indo-pacific reef fish and a number of critters.  The cabins were large
enough with en-suite bathrooms.  A nice touch was hot showers and shampoo
on the dive deck making showering in the cabin largely unnecessary.  The
crew was very accommodating to divers and photographers, handing down
equipment and helping divers into the tinnies, unloading the tanks from the
tinnies to the ship, providing good even nitrox fills and washing the
wetsuits in the middle and the end of the trip.  Food was nutritious and
filling, full breakfasts, soup at lunch, salad and veggies and main courses
of fish or meat, including a steak and lobster tail dinner on the last
night.  The best part of the trip were the managers/dive guides James and
Aiko.  James' briefings were the most complete I have ever experienced and
both he and Aiko were attentive and knowledgeable and always in a good
mood, funny and helpful. Unfortunately, they have left the Bilikiki and are
uncertain whether they will return in six months or move on to new
endeavors, but we were lucky to have them for this trip.  Finally, the
visits to the villages made the trip especially interesting.  Overall, a
very good trip.
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