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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

June, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Richard J. Troberman, WA, US
Contributor   (12 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"A Nice Alternative to Indonesia"
Report Number 8629 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, PNG, Palau, Tahiti, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Indonesia (Bali,
Komodo, North Sulawesi, Lembeh, Ambon, Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Alor,
Borneo), Philippines, Hawaii, Galapagos Islands, Cayman Islands, Grand
Turk, St. Vincent, Bahamas, Florida Keys.  
Closest Airport
Honiara (HIR)
Getting There
From Seattle:  LAX, Auckland,
Brisbane, Honiara.

Dive Conditions

windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco, and don't be stupid.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
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):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Large camera table available on dive deck, plus large table in main salon
for overflow camera equipment.  Separate rinse tanks on dive deck for
cameras. There is a separate ro ...
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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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3 stars   
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This was my second trip to the Solomon Islands on the Bilikiki (the first
was in 2010).  This was a private charter by professional photographers
Andy Sallmon and his wife, Allison Vitsky.  Getting there was more
complicated and took longer than the first trip, as Fiji Airways and
Solomon Airways have been having a dispute over landing rights, and flights
from Fiji to Honiara are now limited to just a few flights each week.  In
2010 I flew from LAX to Nadi (Fiji) on Fiji Airways, overnighted in Nadi,
then flew to Honiara the following day.  This time the flights did not line
up, so in order to avoid having to spend several days in Honiara, I flew
from LAX to Auckland and Brisbane on Air New Zealand (you can also go
through Sydney and Brisbane).  After spending a day in Brisbane, I flew to
Honiara the next  ...
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