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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki, Jun, 2002,

by Bill Kimball, az, usa ( 2 reports). Report 44.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions monitor your computer and use common sense
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 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments huge areas for photographers including a separate photo room upstairs with a dozen spots to recharge everything you could imagine. light table, slide processing and information so helpful that bordered on instruction/education. Monty repaired flooded housings, loaned lenses to replace ones that went out of commission and would have given you the shirt off his back - except most of the guys and one of the women wore none.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments we had a wonderfully fun group and the crew and dive masters easily flowed into it's rhythm. 5 dives a day with one "real night dive" after dinner at 8 pm. this is the most luxurious boat for space that i've ever been on. we encountered one exotic subject after another with camouflage and stealth being the order of the day for both offensive and defensive survival. Monty and Michelle were amazing at pointing out creatures that you hadn't even recognized as creatures. with my digital set up i was able to download and view 150 shots after each dive. i have never had subjects that were so willing to be recorded nor so comfortable and obliging around divers. i also came back with 6 hours of underwater video magic and the challenge to edit it down to 25 minutes.
attentive crew, plenty to eat(constantly), very clean, smooth ride, innumerable rinse tanks and services (like laundering everyone's skins/wet suits halfway through the trip) that i'd not experienced elsewhere. when the 24 hour flu was passed around the ship i saw a display of prescription antihistamines, cold medications and antibiotics that would have rivaled any pharmaceutical company at a convention. these divers really traveled prepared. someone was even thoughtful enough to bring an inflatable love doll that we all enjoyed....
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