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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Dussault, NH, US
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Report Number 6783
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Central America, South America, Canada, USA, Philippines,
Mexico, Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated space for charging in a dry room.  Camera equipment was welcomed
in the salon.  Two large fresh water tanks on board and the crew did an
excellent job of handling the cameras.  Lots of different items to
photograph - macro, regular, and wide.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Our 10 day trip on Bilikiki was very good.  We were fortunate to have Rick
Belmare (owner of Bilikiki) onboard for the trip and to be able hear
stories about the history of Bilikiki.   The Bilikiki is a spacious boat.
There is lots of room for divers to spread out on the dive deck as well as
the sun deck and outside areas under cover.  There are two showers on deck
with hot water to rinse off after a dive.  The managers Kellie and Sam do
an excellent job of tailoring the dive sites to the desires of the divers. 
There are many different kinds of dive sites in the Solomon Islands with
something for everyone - deep dives, shallow dives, walls, wrecks, and muck
diving.  Either Sam or Kellie are always in the water to lead the dives,
but you can dive your own profile with no deco diving. The Bilikiki
operates two dive tender boats (tinnies).  Having two tinnies at the dive
sites means you do not have to wait long to be picked up or for the boat to
be full before it goes back to the live aboard.  During the trip we had a
cultural visit to one village including some singing and dancing. We also
visited two other villages to see displays of the local carvings and arts
with chances to barter and purchase. Bilikiki has done an excellent job of
working with Solomon Islands villages.  Over the years they have provided
vegetable seeds to villages and now Bilikiki is able to purchase fresh
vegetables from the villages and provide them with money as they cruise
among the islands.

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