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Dive Review of Bilikikki in
Solomon Islands

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Hofman, CA, USA (11 reports)
Report Number 2412

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Reporter
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, PNG, Fiji, Vanuatu, Belize, Costa Rica, etc.

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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