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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Kimball, az, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 44
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
monitor your computer and use common sense  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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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