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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

July, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Schindler, AZ, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
"Extraordinary diving in the Solomons"
Report Number 8298 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Indonesia, Palau, Maldives, Philippines, Mexico, Caribbean]
Closest Airport
Getting There
either via Brisbane or Fiji

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were free to manage own profiles within safe computer limits.  Most
dives were about an hour long, given that we rarely saw need to go below 80
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Dedicated large table and storage area, as well as charging room. I am not
a photographer so can n ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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For years we have had the Bilikiki on our bucket list of liveaboards and it
lived up to all we expected.  A great week experience despite less than
ideal weather which is rare for July.  A professional operation with years
of experience is evident from first booking to last day on the boat.  Yes,
this is not the world's most luxurious liveaboard, yet it has its charm and
character nonetheless.  Food is plentiful, and supplemented by fresh fruits
and vegetables purchased from local villagers who canoe out to the boat at
many dive sites to sell their wares.  Bring school supplies and small gifts
to ...
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By Duane Silverstein in CA, US at Jul 20, 2015 18:56 EST  
Thanks for your report re The Solomons and the Bilikiki.  I was on the
Bilikiki many years ago and agree with your comments.  I also visited the
volcano on Tanna and agree that it is fascinating.  When did you vist? I
have heard that Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam.  Please let me know
what shape Tanna was in as I heard it was hit hard.  Thanks.
By Eric Schindler in AZ, US at Jul 20, 2015 19:25 EST  
Scubadiv asked about destruction in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam.  It was
astonishing how little devastation we actually saw, compared to our
anticipated expectations.  Lots of tarps on roofs, plant regrowth, trees
down, and native housing quickly being rebuilt. Certainly permanent
structures with damage to some degree here and there on Tanna, but nothing
like you imagine.  This was four months post, and we did not do an
extensive tour of the harder hit sides of the island; similarly in Port
Vila, many resorts still rebuilding and most others looked fine.
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