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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands/Florida, Russell, Mary Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Solomon Islands on the Bilikiki", Oct, 2014,

by Hans P Nielsen, AZ, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7804 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I've wanted to go on this trip for years and finally did it. What a fantastic area for diving. And the Bilikiki, the only live-aboard that has plied these waters for about 20 years, is a very well run boat. The food was plentiful, varied and delicious, and the divemaster couple, Daniella and Chaba, were excellent. They gave good briefings with drawings before each dive, and one of them accompanied the divers on every dive, pointing out all sorts of small critters and swim-throughs. They were always asking everyone how they were doing and were quick to assist with any issues. There is an abundance of small critters, very healthy corals, turtles, sharks, and schools of bumphead wrasse, jacks and barracuda. Weather-wise, we experienced a wide range of conditions, from cloudy/rainy to beautiful sunny days. Surface conditions were predominantly mild, from flat to small swells, but we dove one wonderful seamount where the surface conditions were raging with 3-5 foot seas and breaking combers. Our group of experienced divers, a mismash from around the world, managed to pull this dive off without incident. The Bilikiki is expensive; I did the 14 day trip for about $7,500 including nitrox, alcohol, and tip. Airfare obviously varies depending on where one is coming from. But in my opinion, it was worth every penny! Can't wait to do it again.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Monterey Bay and Channel Islands, CA; Fiji; Belize; Cozumel; Palau; Truk/Chuuk; Bonaire; Socorro, MX; Alaska & British Columbia
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There Virgin Australia out of Brisbane, AU

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-100 Ft/ 6-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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