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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands/Provinces NE of Guadalcanal

Bilikiki Cruises: "High Quality Reefs, Great Operation, They Love Photographers", Aug, 2019,

by Jeanne Sleeper, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 11039 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments Solomons are islands of contrasts. They became independent in 1987 and are working hard to learn self governance and economic independence. August of 2019 the minimum wage was doubled from $4SI to $8SI per hour and 7SI dollars = 1 USD. The land and sea are beautiful, the people possess amazing artistic talent and resilience, but developing a country is a long process and the needs are immense.

Honiara is on the island of Guadalcanal, the site of the 1st American land battle of WW II when the US Marines landed to re-take the island nation from the entrenched Japanese forces 75 years ago. It was 6 months of hell for locals and soldiers. It was a major turning point in the Pacific War when the US liberated the Solomons from the Japanese and stopped the Japanese eastward expansion. War Memorials on the island tell the bloody story and the locals respectfully tend the memorial tree garden near the Henderson airfield and also the hilltop granite wall monument, which tells the Solomon story. Interestingly not a single individual military person's name is engraved in the lengthy presentation.
Islanders like Americans and have a respect for the price our soldiers paid on the Solomon islanders behalf.

We came a few days early in case flights or luggage went sideways and had time to tour town, see memorials, talk to local wood carvers and appreciate the struggles of a developing country in a very remote location that periodically gets clobbered by cyclones. There is a strong missionary presence, building of simple w ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Bilikiki Cruises   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide, for over 40 years
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There LAX to Nadi Fiji to Honiara Solomon Islands - or - US to Brisbane Australia to Honiara, SI

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Each dive starts as a group, but buddies can dive their own speed and depth on most dives, and end the dive when desired with the tinny picking up divers as they surface. Complete solo diving discouraged, but lots of lee way for competent divers to make "same day, same reef" own explorations.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Good camera work areas, excellent charging room with clean power. Bring lenses and ports for full dome wide angle and mini flat port for 18 - 55. I never took my 105 out of the camera bag ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at Aug 15, 2019 17:19 EST  
I was on the boat June 8-18. Ditto on everything in your report. But you forgot to mention the fresh vegetables, fruit and fish bought from the local villages every day. The villages visits and the paddle up markets were highlights of the trip.
By Jerome M Hobartin NY, US at Dec 14, 2019 19:55 EST  
Nice report. Was on the Bilikiki in early Nov., 2019. Agree with everything you mention about the diving and the Bilikiki but if you decide to tour the Guadalcanal battlefield visit the U.S. and Japanese War Memorials and Henderson Field. Skip the rest of the six hour tour which is nothing more than looking at the trash that the people have thrown on the ground.
By Jerome M Hobartin NY, US at Dec 14, 2019 19:55 EST  
Nice report. Was on the Bilikiki in early Nov., 2019. Agree with everything you mention about the diving and the Bilikiki but if you decide to tour the Guadalcanal battlefield visit the U.S. and Japanese War Memorials and Henderson Field. Skip the rest of the six hour tour which is nothing more than looking at the trash that the people have thrown on the ground.
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