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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands/Several island groups

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4540
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Palau, Galapagos, Socorros, GBR, Caribbean
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The dive deck had dedicated camera rinse tanks and a camera table that got
a bit crowded. The crew was careful with the camera gear. In the salon
there is table supposedly for cameras that often was cluttered with other
stuff -- books, clothes, food, 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
The crew, food and diving on this trip were all quite good. This was a 12
night trip that went by quickly. Sam and Kellie, our dive guides and trip
managers, did an exceptional job. They took extra effort to accommodate
diver needs and wishes. They are both very knowledgeable regarding the dive
sites and the marine life. 2 days of unsettled weather caused an adjustment
in the dive schedule so that the best sites were dived in better weather.

 We had 3 awesome dives with many manta rays. In spite of the current, it
was the highlight of the trip. 
Barracuda Point also is a great dive site with large schools of bigeye
trevally and barracuda, of course. Also, several gray and whitetip reef
sharks cruising by.
Lots of macro opportunities especially with nudibranchs.

Essentially all of the diving is from tinnies with backroll entry. The dive
crew handles all of the dive gear on and off the tinnies. So no strain
& no pain. The tinnie rides to the dive sites are just a matter of

Except for Sam and Kellie, the crew is all Solomon Islanders. They were all
very helpful and friendly. Much of the food is bought daily from local
folks who paddle out to the Bilikiki. Lots of very fresh fruits and

We enjoyed the village visits with the native dance and song. Also had
chance to buy local woodworking. Very nice stuff.

The cabins are OK not great; biggest negative is no window or porthole. Can
get a bit cave-like after a few days. But lots of space topside for kicking
back between dives.
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