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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

August, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Dana Parsells, NJ, US (1 report, with 2 Helpful votes)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Red Sea, Alaska, Mexico, Galapagos, Fiji, New Guinea, Indonesia,
Maldives, Caribbean, Solomon's in 2005
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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The boat had a camera table but everyone put everything on it.  The
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Value for $$
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First off, the duel between the Solomon's and Fiji cost us an extra $1,000
dollars which we were not notified of one week before the first flight. 
Reef and Rainforest knew of the problem weeks in advance but felt it would
resolve itself.  Our flight was direct from L.A. to Fiji where we had to
spend 9  ...
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By Jennifer B Collister in OR, US at Oct 14, 2014 21:36 EST  
The airline canceled the flight one week before these guests were to
depart.  Until the airline canceled the flight the ticket was
non-refundable.  It was not an option to do anything sooner.  I would have
loved to get a refund weeks in advance and start over.  As an agent, the 16
or more hours of additional work over a weekend to make all the changes was
not something we were paid to do.  It was our responsibility and we waived
our Aussie visa fee, the only fee we charged. This is not the fault of Reef
& Rainforest, the Bilikiki or the airline, it is a government dispute.
There was no point in telling clients of a hypothetical problem to go over
hypothetical solutions. We have rearranged many guests over the last few
months and those leaving in a week with canceled flights take priority. 
Just as these did did when their flight was canceled. Everyone has worked
very hard and put in a lot of extra hours to make as little disruption as
possible for the guests. Jenny Collister (owner of Reef & Rainforest)
By Mary M. Laddis in TX, US at Dec 05, 2015 19:11 EST  
I avoid connecting through Fiji.  I always choose to fly to Brisbane then
on o Honiara on Solomon Air.  There are economical hotels right at the
airport with low cost shuttle service.  I've run into miserable airport
delays in Nadi just trying get to another part of Fiji.
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