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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID SHEMTOV, na, United Kingdom
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3679
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Maldives, Palau, Cocos, Malpelo...
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
30   to 0    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very relaxed.  In the case of one reckless diver, perhaps a little too
relaxed.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Big, well-equipped camera room.  Dedicated rinse tank. Experienced and
careful crew.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Although showing her age, the Bilikiki is a very good liveaboard. Monty and
Michelle head a capable and friendly crew and made an effort to please
everyone.

My party of four Europeans, having travelled a very long way, had higher
expectations of the diving.  It was pleasant enough, but did not justify
the expense an effort, with the seas fairly fished out. More spotting by
the dive masters would make the relatively montonous wall dives more
enjoyable. [Perhaps its time to train some local divemasters?]  

A little disclaimer:  I am VERY spoiled.  The very best liveaboard and crew
operation that I have been on, Phuket's Ocean Rover, is superior.  Critter
and coral diving was better for me in Indonesia.  Most everyone else are
probably right to consider the Bilikiki and Solomons to be one of the best
liveaboard/diving combinations.

We greatly enjoyed the company of Stan Waterman and Nancy McGhee who hosted
this trip.  Thanks too for Bret Gilliam for arranging this for us.
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