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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Bilikiki", Jun, 2016,

by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8976.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Cocos, Dominica, St Croix, Yap, Truk, Fiji, Bonaire, Cayman
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There Virgin Australia uses only one plane in both directions from Honiara to Brisbane.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 77 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The dive-masters told us the best depths to stay at on all dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 3 stars
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Comments On June 25, I started my trip to the Solomon Islands to board the Bilikiki on June 28. Took 27 hours of flight time to get there, starting from Newark,NJ. I flew United to Sydney Australia and Virgin Australia from Sydney to Brisbane to Honiara. Virgin Australia can be a nuisance with luggage. When I went to check in Sydney, they told me that I cannot have two carryons and I would have to pay 120 AUD for the second bag. However the clerk let me load up my checked bag to 50 LBS and didn't charge me any additional to take 2 carry-on bags onto the plane. However going back from Honiara after leaving the Biliki. I was not as lucky and had to pay approximately $100 USD for my second bag. I tried putting everything into one bag, so that I would only have carry-on. But they claimed my bag was too big. There was plenty of room for this bag in the overhead storage area of the plane. I missed my flight from Brisbane to Sydney since this bag got trapped under other bags on the luggage co ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Jennifer B Collister in OR, US at Jul 11, 2016 12:28 EST  
I charge a flat fee of 300.00 (not 250.00 per hour) to work with a customers frequent flyer miles. It often takes several phone calls back and forth with the customer going over options; long hold times with the airlines and in depth knowledge of airline partners and routings. If it goes smoothly, I often waive the fee or reduce it. My perseverance has obtained free tickets when the customer has given up, saving them thousands of dollars. We do recommend Fiji Airways because of the ability to get two 50 pound bags from Los Angeles to Honiara when your purchase their "dive pack" saving the customer hefty overweight fees. Australia is very strict about the carry on weight making it very difficult, especially for photographers to fly via Australia.
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