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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises, Aug, 2014,

by Dana Parsells, NJ, US ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7752 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Red Sea, Alaska, Mexico, Galapagos, Fiji, New Guinea, Indonesia, Maldives, Caribbean, Solomon's in 2005
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10 to 50 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 None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
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Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 stars
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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 First off, the duel between the Solomon's and Fiji cost us an extra $1,000 dollars which we were not notified of one week before the first flight. Reef and Rainforest knew of the problem weeks in advance but felt it would resolve itself. Our flight was direct from L.A. to Fiji where we had to spend 9 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Jennifer B Collister in OR, US at Oct 14, 2014 21:36 EST  
The airline canceled the flight one week before these guests were to depart. Until the airline canceled the flight the ticket was non-refundable. It was not an option to do anything sooner. I would have loved to get a refund weeks in advance and start over. As an agent, the 16 or more hours of additional work over a weekend to make all the changes was not something we were paid to do. It was our responsibility and we waived our Aussie visa fee, the only fee we charged. This is not the fault of Reef & Rainforest, the Bilikiki or the airline, it is a government dispute. There was no point in telling clients of a hypothetical problem to go over hypothetical solutions. We have rearranged many guests over the last few months and those leaving in a week with canceled flights take priority. Just as these did did when their flight was canceled. Everyone has worked very hard and put in a lot of extra hours to make as little disruption as possible for the guests. Jenny Collister (owner of Reef & Rainforest)
By Mary M. Laddis in TX, US at Dec 05, 2015 19:11 EST  
I avoid connecting through Fiji. I always choose to fly to Brisbane then on o Honiara on Solomon Air. There are economical hotels right at the airport with low cost shuttle service. I've run into miserable airport delays in Nadi just trying get to another part of Fiji.
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