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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises, Apr, 2013,

by Angie Jameson, MD, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7192 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, North Carolina, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There was a DM on each trip to follow, but they let us do our own thing - we often went separate or trailed way back. It was dive your profile. There were a few dives where they asked to keep it 60 min due to boat logistics, but usually you could stay down as long as you want-within reason
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I don't dive with a large camera rig - just a small point and shoot, but I got some amazing photos - there was some interesting topography, beautiful reef, tropical fish ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Getting there - is not easy from the states, and especially not from the east coast. We flew into Fiji (about 10 hrs from LAX), stayed a few days, then flew on to Solomons (abt 3-4 hrs), as we wanted to give ourselves a little cushion against delayed flights. Upon arrival in Honiara, we were met by the Bilikiki, and taken to a hotel lobby to wait while they finished turning the boat. We boarded about 4pm or so. We disembarked around 8 am on the return - again waiting at the hotel lobby. The airport is small - and you can't get to the gate area until just before your flight. I don't recommend planning to spend extra time there. The wait at the hotel was annoying, but given the unpredictability of flights, understandable.

Weather - it was warm, though we had a mix of sunny and cloudy days. It only rained on the last day of diving. The water was also warm - most of the day I dove in a rash guard and board shorts - though I sometimes put on my lava core shirt/shorts towards the end of the day. But that was more about repetitive diving than water temp. Water temp was coming up around 84 degrees on my computer. If you get cold easily you might want a 3mil, but I think most people would be fine with less.

Water/Current - the surface was almost always flat. Very little surge or chop - and not a lot of back and forth motion on the boat. Very pleasant conditions to be out on the water in. Some dive sites had current and some didn't - just depended on where you were diving at. The crew always went down first and gave good reports on the current strength and direction. We did a manta ray dive where there was very strong current - you basically anchored to the reef and watched them go by. . .I'd estimate about 20% dives with moderate to strong current. The rest were very gentle or no current.

Boat - the boat is not fancy but is clean and well maintained. Same goes for cabins. If you are looking for first class accommodation, this is not it. But it was clean, the crew was friendly, the food was good, and we enjoyed our time a lot and we were perfectly happy with the accommodations as we are more abo ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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