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Dive Review of Bilikikki in
Solomon Islands

Bilikikki, Nov, 2005,

by Michael Hofman, CA, USA . Report 2412.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu, Belize, Costa Rica, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Although it was billed as the center of biodiversity, we didn't see as different types of fish as we expected. It may have been that we were on a trip with photographers who were especially interested in wide angle shots more than little critters. However, the staff was great (incredible dive organization and great, no, absolutely wonderful cruise directors). Many days you could dive whenever you wanted to, just by jumping off the end of the boat, and by the time you dried off when you were back on board, the staff already had your tank filled! The boat could stand a little updating (better sound proofing between rooms, a/c controls, other amenities in the rooms) and with more than 14 photographers it got very crowded in the salon and the camera room. However, everyone was congenial, dives were interesting and logistics were fine.
If you fly through Fiji on Air Pacific, it's a viable alternative but sometimes the flights get cancelled (happened to a friend in September 2005).
There's one good hotel in Honiara and not much to see on land there; however, the local carving is fantastic and we had the chance to go to several villages during the trip (we brought home two beautifully carved heads).
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