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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises, Oct, 2010,

by Leona M Holaday, HI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5813.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Raja Ampat, Flores Straits Red Sea, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Was ok. The area for charging batteries was located inconveniently on the the upper deck, away from the main salon where cameras could be set up.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I had been aware that the boat was older but hadn't really focused on that fact. There are no portholes in the cabins, and there were some soft spots in the flooring of the hall to the cabins. The boat has a 10 degree list from bow to stern so soup and cereal bowls, etc. could only be filled about half full.
Food was good as was the service from the crew. Dive guides were good.
No big animals. Interesting formations such as Leru cut. Visibility was ok.

Am glad I went, but not a repeat trip for me.
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