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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Bilikiki Lived up to the Hype!", Jun, 2015,

by Eric Eckes, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8719 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Truk Lagoon, Palau, Yap, Red Sea, Galapagos, Fiji, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida Keys, So Cal Local
Closest Airport Honiara, Guadalcanal Getting There Los Angeles to Brisbane to Guadalcanal

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers had the option of diving their own profile or diving with a guide. Depth limits and times were commensurate with each diver's ability (we had one technical dive who was able to do deco dives as an example).
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Our trip onboard the Bilikiki catered to photographers so there were numerous SLR rigs along with a handful of point and shoot cameras. There was a large, two-level, table at the st ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I've been fortunate to dive locations throughout the world with a large number of dive operators. Over the years I have heard amazing things about the Bilikiki and the one thing that surprised were the consistently positive reviews. The Bilikiki's reputation seemed larger than life and now it was my turn to find out if all the positive reviews were justified.

My wife and I joined a group photography trip to the Solomons run by Andy and Allison Sallmon. We flew from Los Angeles to Brisbane on Qantas where we transferred to Solomon Airlines for the trip to Guadalcanal, home of the Bilikiki.

The Bilikiki is owned by Aussies Kellie Oldfield and Sam Leeson and we were fortunate to have Kellie onboard our eleven night trip. Daniela Tomblon was in charge of daily operations and along with husband Csaba Erdos served as divemasters.

Dive briefings were held on the dive deck and there was a large blackboard where each upcoming dive was drawn in gre ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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