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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki, Jul, 2007,

by John Singer, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3744.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fabrina Live-Aboard (PNG), Komodo Dancer Live-Aboard (Indonesia), Palau, Cozumel, Fiji, Hawaii, Tasmania,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions No special restrictions were imposed
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The Good; Decent boat for diving. Acceptable accommodations.
The bad: The Bilikiki was a huge disappointment! First, the food was not prepared well. (Subsequently, I lost alot of weight on this trip). They need a new cook. But more importantly, Dive-masters Monty and Mischelle were unfriendly, unhelpful and sometimes rude, showing a complete lack of interest in our well-being and in maintaining a safe and enjoyable diving experience. Crew were lazy and generally unresponsive to our needs, but were not unfriendly like the Dive-masters. Dive sites were sub-standard and we were made to dive the same sites multiple times because the Dive-Masters/crew were too lazy to travel to better sites. To our astonishment, we spent a whole day in the Russells at sites infested with crocodiles (one was actually sited) The Dive-masters actually joked about, it saying that several villagers had been killed this year alone. Three women were completely loud and obnoxious from the time they boarded, dominating the atmosphere on the boat from the beginning, and this behavior was actually encouraged by the dive-masters.This inappropriate behavior would worsen at night when the women and dive-masters would get drunk together. So, to my knowledge, at least three of us were VERY unhappy with this Live-Aboard. Management never responded to our complaints after the trip. This is one Live-Aboard that should be avoided!
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By Mary M. Laddis in TX, US at Dec 05, 2015 19:00 EST  
On my three trips with Monty and Michelle, I found them to be welcoming, gracious and helpful throughout the trips. Underwater, Michelle took time to seek out the unique and difficult critters and patiently point them out to the interested divers. As for the crocodiles, in areas where observed, Michelle always put herself out front so that she could worn of any danger. Month was equally as helpful. Read other reviews, especially those which contradict the lack of willingness to seek out the best areas dependent upon the water conditions
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