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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John Singer, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3744
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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 mermaidmary 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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