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Dive Review of Bilikiki/Spirit of the Solomons in
Solomon Islands

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Daniel O. Benson M.D., OR, USA (9 reports)
Report Number 3755

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Reporter
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Papua New Guinea, Sipidan, Hawaii, Carribean, Indonesia (Sulawesi and
Komodo)

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Limits: don't get bent or run out of air.    
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
The camera room consists of two tables surrounded by sofas, much like a
corner booth at a restaraunt.  To get to your camera it was necessary to
slide past other divers already seated.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This boat is a former light house tender.  It shows some signs of wear. 
Our room (#2) was on the main deck and comfortable, others downstairs
complained about their rooms being too cold.
Rooms are generously sized.  They could have accomodated a dresser or chest
of drawers.  Sadly, there was only a small rack to put your clothes on.
Diving is not world class, but close to it.  I would rate it on a par with
the best that Hawaii or Caribbean has.  Stick around the dive guides to
find the good stuff.
There is an amazing diversity of coral.
Village tour is OUTSTANDING! Here's what to bring and not bring for
islanders.
Popular: batteries, pen, pencil, paper, T-shirts (preferably without
advertising), electronic stuff
Islanders not interested in: glass beads, jewelry hats of any type, and
only mildly interested in Tees w/advertising.
It's possible to TRADE your wares for various carvings, etc.  Here it's
what you want and how much you want it vs what they want and how much they
want it.
We really liked the dive operation: they treat you like adults.
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