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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Extraordinary diving in the Solomons", Jul, 2015,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 8298 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 4 stars
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Comments For years we have had the Bilikiki on our bucket list of liveaboards and it lived up to all we expected. A great week experience despite less than ideal weather which is rare for July. A professional operation with years of experience is evident from first booking to last day on the boat. Yes, this is not the world's most luxurious liveaboard, yet it has its charm and character nonetheless. Food is plentiful, and supplemented by fresh fruits and vegetables purchased from local villagers who canoe out to the boat at many dive sites to sell their wares. Bring school supplies and small gifts to ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Indonesia, Palau, Maldives, Philippines, Mexico, Caribbean]
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There either via Brisbane or Fiji

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-125 Ft/ 18-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divers were free to manage own profiles within safe computer limits. Most dives were about an hour long, given that we rarely saw need to go below 80 feet
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 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 Dedicated large table and storage area, as well as charging room. I am not a photographer so can n ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Duane Silversteinin CA, US at Jul 20, 2015 18:56 EST  
Thanks for your report re The Solomons and the Bilikiki. I was on the Bilikiki many years ago and agree with your comments. I also visited the volcano on Tanna and agree that it is fascinating. When did you vist? I have heard that Vanuatu was devastated by Cyclone Pam. Please let me know what shape Tanna was in as I heard it was hit hard. Thanks.
By report author: Eric Schindler in AZ, US at Jul 20, 2015 19:25 EST  
Scubadiv asked about destruction in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam. It was astonishing how little devastation we actually saw, compared to our anticipated expectations. Lots of tarps on roofs, plant regrowth, trees down, and native housing quickly being rebuilt. Certainly permanent structures with damage to some degree here and there on Tanna, but nothing like you imagine. This was four months post, and we did not do an extensive tour of the harder hit sides of the island; similarly in Port Vila, many resorts still rebuilding and most others looked fine.
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