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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

April, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Angie Jameson, MD, US (1 report, with 1 Helpful vote)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, North Carolina, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There was a DM on each trip to follow, but they let us do our own thing -
we often went separate or trailed way back.  It was dive your profile. 
There were a few dives where they asked to keep it 60 min due to boat
logistics, but usually you could stay down as long as you want-within
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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I don't dive with a large camera rig - just a small point and shoot, but I
got some amazing photos - there was some interesting topography, beautiful
reef, tropical fish  ...
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Getting there - is not easy from the states, and especially not from the
east coast.  We flew into Fiji (about 10 hrs from LAX), stayed a few days,
then flew on to Solomons (abt 3-4 hrs), as we wanted to give ourselves a
little cushion against delayed flights.  Upon arrival in Honiara, we were
met by the Bilikiki, and taken to a hotel lobby to wait while they finished
turning the boat.  We boarded about 4pm or so.  We disembarked around 8 am
on the return - again waiting at the hotel lobby.  The airport is small -
and you can't get to the gate area until just before your flight.  I don't
recommend planning to spend extra time there. The wait at the hotel was
annoying, but given the unpredictability of flights, understandable.

Weather - it was warm, though we had a mix of sunny and cloudy days.  It
only rained on the last day of diving.  The water was also warm - most of
the day I dove in a rash guard and board shorts - though I sometimes put on
my lava core shirt/shorts towards the end of the day.  But that was more
about repetitive diving than water temp. Water temp was coming up around 84
degrees on my computer.  If you get cold easily you might want a 3mil, but
I think most people would be fine with less. 

Water/Current - the surface was almost always flat.  Very little surge or
chop - and not a lot of back and forth motion on the boat.  Very pleasant
conditions to be out on the water in.  Some dive sites had current and some
didn't - just depended on where you were diving at.  The crew always went
down first and gave good reports on the current strength and direction.  We
did a manta ray dive where there was very strong current - you basically
anchored to the reef and watched them go by. . .I'd estimate about 20%
dives with moderate to strong current.  The rest were very gentle or no

Boat - the boat is not fancy but is clean and well maintained.  Same goes
for cabins.  If you are looking for first class accommodation, this is not
it. But it was clean, the crew was friendly, the food was good, and we
enjoyed our time a lot and we were perfectly happy with the accommodations
as we are more abo ...
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