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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

October, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Sudan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Fiji,
Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, Turkey, Saba, St. Kitts, BVI, Bonaire, Cayman
Brac, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Statia, Nevis
Closest Airport
Getting There
Fiji airlines from LA through
Nadi,Fiji, and onto Honiara,
Solomon Islands

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommended: follow our computers, return to boat with no deco time.  It
was optional to dive own dive or go with group.  Lots of diving freedom!  A
board with divers names on movable tags gave a visual as to who was on
board or in the water -- divers responsibility.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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My return trip to the Solomon Islands on the Bilikiki did not disappoint: 
tiny porcelain anemone crab to giant manta rays, and lots of tropical fish
in between.  This was a seven day trip, instead of the more popular ten
(which I took three years ago) and fourteen day offerings.   We covered
Russell and Florida and Mary Islands.  I missed the longer trip westward,
which included the Marovo Lagoon Area, and three remote village visits.  
But I enjoyed the one visit this trip to Karumolun Village for singing,
dancing, and a tour.

Sam was there to greet when we arrived.  He and partner Kellie bought the
Bilikiki and the Spirit (in dry dock for some years now) from Rick and Jane
Belmare within the past two years.  Prior, they were dynamic cruise
directors on the Bilikiki, super at finding the esoteric undersea and
solving all problems on board.   Now, separately, they make several trips a
year on the vessel, and manage the business from Australia.   I think the
Bilikikis future is in very capable caring hands.  They certainly make the
road making reservations easy and are great about answering questions
without complaint and providing informational materials.
Cruise directors Daniela (Venezuelan) and Chaba (Hungarian) warmly welcomed
us, and told us some basics before we began setting up gear in the late
afternoon. The crew closely watched, but did not intervene unless asked.   
In addition to being superb undersea, Chaba & Daniela were skillful in
finding fish and critters, and in helping with ID once back on board.  
They graciously handled questions and interference with their downtime (I
wonder if guides ever get any!).  Chaba actually seemed amused by requests,
such as my mine to put up the hammock.   My Air-2 free-flowed, and Chaba
quickly replaced it with another the Bilikiki carries.  I felt confident
that the Bilikiki could handle anything with great competence, which is
vital being in a remote area. 

I boarded the Bilikiki in Honiara, capital of Solomon Islands, in the
northwestern coast of Guadalcana ...
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