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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Richelle and Kirk Fleischer, VA, USA
Report Number 1548
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Dived with over 20 dive operations in Carribbean, Central America,
Australia, Tahiti, Micronesia, and southeastern US
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Having experienced over 20 different dive operations throughout the world
(over 350 dives), Monty and Michelle's dive operation on the Bilikiki is
the BEST, bar none! From the minute you step onto the boat, you are
welcomed and made to feel at home. The boat's layout is fantastic with a
large dive deck and open air dining facilities. The lounge area has plenty
of space for cameras.

Monty's dive briefings were always informative and complete down to the
exact location to find rare species. Michelle as the dive guide provided
the expertise of consistently locating the hard to find creatures.  Both
have retained their great enthusiasm and humor often lost in experienced
dive operators. They also traveled upon request to locate particular
creatures, like the pygmy seahorse. After a week of diving at least 4 times
a day, we continued to see new sealife on every dive!

Food preferences were taken into account without any hassles. We celebrated
one of our birthdays on the boat to much fanfare from the "Bilikiki
boys", including a delicious decorated cake!  Snacks were always in
abundance, including fresh hot chocolate chip cookies and fruit.

Rooms were clean and adequate for the voyage. No windows, but ensuite
bathrooms and shower. Plenty of hot water was available for showers after
each dive. Once you step onto the boat, your gear is completely taken care
of by the staff.  The tenders were available to go diving whenever you were
ready to hit the water. The staff driving the tenders were fantastic at
dropping you right onto the dive sites so that little energy was wasted
trying to find the site.  Upon completion of your dive, they were
immediately available to pick you up where ever you surfaced. 

While the travel to get to the Solomon Islands was long, Monty, Michelle
and the Bilikiki crew make the trip WELL WORTH the effort!
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