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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Great Diving in the South Pacific", Jul, 2016,

by Thomas W. Doeppner Jr., RI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9108.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving all over
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There Using my frequent flyer miles, I flew to Sydney, Brisbane, then Honiara

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No real restrictions, other than the admonition that the nearest chamber was a long ways away
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools 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 The boat caters to UWPs. The large central table on the dive deck is reserved for cameras. The experienced crew rinsed your camera and carrie ... 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 3 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 This was my fourth trip to the Solomons, the third on the Bilikiki (I went once on the Spirit of the Solomons, run by the same company). Ownership had changed hands since my previous trip in 2003, but it was still a very well run liveaboard. This was the managers' next to last cruise; the next managing couple were on the cruise as well. Thus we had four very helpful managers.

Diving is mainly from "tinnies", small boats that ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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