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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki, Sep, 2004,

by Richelle and Kirk Fleischer, VA, USA . Report 1548.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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