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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises/Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by ann mcgrath, VA, US
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6826 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox limits, some dives 1 hour if the boat needed to move.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera charging room is big enough for all the photographers in our group. 
Crew rinsed all camera gear after every dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
I have no criticism of Bilikiki Cruises.  They do an excellent job, and
have been for many years.  The boat is perfect for diving.  The cabins have
plenty of room, and there is always p,entry of hot water ( unless several
showers are running simultaneously).  

The cooks do an excellent job also.  I don't eat meat, and they
accommodated me nicely.  There is plenty of fresh fruit and always a big
salad at lunch and dinner.  There are fresh baked cookies after the morning
dive, and a platter of things to nibble on before dinner.  They buy more
fresh produce and fish from the locals as we cruise.  They bought a tuna
one day, and we had sashimi that evening.  The crew caught a Spanish
mackerel another day, and it was nicely prepared at dinner.

The dinghies are roomy for 8 divers with cameras.  The boat drivers are
very good at picking up divers, no matter where they surface.  The crew
doesn't talk much, but they are good at their jobs, and will help out when

The boat managers, Sam and Kellie, are fantastic.  One of them dives on
every dive, and they are amazing at finding critters on the reef.  They
helped me get video of some things I didn't yet have, which is always

Bilikiki is the only live aboard in the Solomon Islands.  Luckily, it's one
of the best!  Because the dive sites are infrequently visited, they are
pristine and the coral is perfect.  We saw only one eel, which is different
from the last two times I've been there (2002 and 2007).  There used to be
blue ribbon eels everywhere, but no more.  Devil's Highway had great manta
action, so we didn't mind surfacing in washing machine!  Just watch the
down current there!  There was virtually on current on other sites.
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