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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Douglas Hansen, CA, US
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Report Number 6780
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Baja California, British Columbia, Hawaii, Florida, Cayman
Islands, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum one hour, come back with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There were dedicated rinse tanks for cameras, a dedicated camera table on
the main deck and a small camera room on the upper deck.  The crew was very
cautious with the cameras.  Easily one of the best setups for underwater
photographers that I have seen.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The crew of the Bilikiki is wonderful.  They were helpful, friendly, able
to dispense advice when requested and willing to take suggestions for dive
sites.  The boat itself seems old and maintenance and upgrades would
certainly improve the passengers experience.  Our cabin door would not
close properly, and I had to tighten the hinges myself to correct the
problem.  There are no windows or portholes in any of the guest cabins, and
storage space is limited.  The doors have slats in them, and some of the
other cabin doors had broken or missing slats, so privacy was certainly
limited.  There are no individual controls for the air conditioning, so
once we got used to the temperature outside, our cabin felt like a meat
The diving was very good.  It got better as the trip progressed.  There are
a lot of very nice hard corals in the Solomon Islands.  Soft corals are not
as plentiful as they are in Fiji.  At a site off of an uninhabited island,
we were able to dive with large schools of barracuda and jacks.  We also
saw tuna and several sharks in this area.  Disappointingly, the Bilikiki
rarely dives WWII wrecks.  We had the opportunity to dive a couple of WWII
wrecks when we had to make an unscheduled run back to Honiara because one
of our dive companions unfortunately got DCS.
Some of the sites had pretty good muck diving.  There were quite a number
of different flat worms, and I found a number of headshield slugs in the
sandy areas.  We saw both ornate and robust ghost pipefish, along with
pygmy seahorses.  We also saw a wide variety of anemone fish, and we saw a
few mandarin fish.
Overall, we had a wonderful trip.  I would recommend taking earplugs
because the crossings are quite noisy, and if you are prone to seasickness
you should bring anti-emetics also.
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