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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

June, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Eckes, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Bilikiki Lived up to the Hype!"
Report Number 8719 has 1 Helpful vote
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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

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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).  
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):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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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 ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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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

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

Dive briefings were held on the dive deck and there was a large blackboard
where each upcoming dive was drawn in gre ...
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