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

Bilikiki/Spirit of the Solomons, Nov, 2007,

by Daniel O. Benson M.D., OR, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 3755.

Reporter and Travel

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

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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