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

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Anderson, TX, USA
Contributor   (19 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4380
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Galapagos, Maldives, Philippines, Borneo, Caribbean, Hawaii,
Costa Rica, Panama 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
July 2008:  We went on this trip because of comments of and emails with
another Undercurrents member who was on the Spirit of Solomons in
2005--Thanks Peter Maerz and Undercurrents!  To go--fly on Pacific Air to
Fiji, only 10 hours, 2 hour lay over, and then take the 3 hour flight to
Honairi,Solomons.  Fiji is pleasant, and expensive, but we found the diving
far superior in the Solomons.  The Bilikiki owner, Rick, will take care of
all arrangements once you get to Fiji, and even helped us arrange a tour of
Guadacanal battlegrounds before the one week liveaboard.  We were on the
Bilikiki's sister ship, Spirit of Solomons, a large comfortable vessel with
excellent service, food, and two outstanding DMs--Justine Anderson and
Philippa Dean.  Their briefings were excellent, and they allowed us to dive
our own profile entirely:  everyone has to have a computer and DAN
insurance.  This is an efficient, professional, and friendly operation. 
There only were 6 divers, (the ship can handle 20) and 12 on the crew so
the service was fabulous--and there were no hidden costs for the high price
of gas.  Beers and wine were reasonable.  We dove at 8, 11, 2, and 5, and a
8 night dive usually was available.  Underwater:  whittip, blacktip, and
gray sharks, lots of schools of barracuda and other fish, and lionfish,
electric clams, pigmy seahorses, stone and scorpion fish, hawkbill and
green turtles, great staghorn coral fields.  Mary Island was tremendous,
with all of the above and tunas, schools of 500 horseeyed jacks, and heavy
grey sharks cruising the pristine reefs.  And the twin tunnels seamount at
Florida Island also was incredible, and we dove WWII wreck of the ship Ann,
where we saw 12 lionfish, ribbon eels, and an ornate ghost pipefish.  No
Mantas at the cleaning station, but did see a large Eagle Ray.  The
Bilikiki and Spirit are the ONLY dive boats in the Solomons, so you never
see other divers.  We visited a very friendly village, and the local people
were delightful.  This trip was a winner--we'll return and the next time we
will take the 10 day trip.      
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