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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Brian Morrow, GA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 2844
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
86   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were left to dive their own profiles.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There is a separate padded table for camera equipment and also a separate
rinse tank.  Crew handled all photo equipment onto and off of the skiffs
and treated it as they would their own.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Let me start with the fact that this was an outstanding trip and we are
going back in 2008.  

The weather for our 12 night trip was mostly cloudy although a couple on
the previous charter indicated that the weather on that trip was sunny. 
Sun would have been nice for the photo ops but you cannot control the

The Bilikiki is an outstanding operation with a long tenured and talented
crew.  We came back spoiled rotten from the service.  Diving is mainly done
off of the "tinnies" which take you right to the reef and the
tinnie drivers come and get you wherever you surface.  The numbers and
types of fish are incredible and the variety of dive sites, wrecks, walls,
slopes, channels is great.

The food is plentiful and good.  The chocolate chip cookies brought out the
"Cookie Monster" in many of us.  Fresh fish and fruits and
vegetables are purchased from the local villagers who visit by canoe.

The cabins are the largest we have seen on a liveaboard and the air
conditioning worked well.  Overall the ship is kept in good repair all

Getting to the Solomon Islands is a long haul from the east coast.  We flew
to LA and had a 3 hour layover, then 14 hours to Brisbane.  We overnighted
in Brisbane and then took the flight to Honiara the next morning.  We were
greeted by the Bilikiki staff and taken to a hotel lobby to wait for about
an hour or two and then taken to the boat to board.  On the return trip you
depart the boat first thing in the morning and then have to kill six or
seven hours before the flight to Australia leaves.  Going back via Fiji
saves a few hours because the plane leaves two or three hours earlier.  As
it was we went to Brisbane and on to Sydney for a couple of extra days
since we had never been there before.

Bottom line, not cheap to get there but well worth the trip.
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