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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Something for Everyone!", Oct, 2015,

by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 8510 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Sudan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, Turkey, Saba, St. Kitts, BVI, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Statia, Nevis
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There Fiji airlines from LA through Nadi,Fiji, and onto Honiara, Solomon Islands

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recommended: follow our computers, return to boat with no deco time. It was optional to dive own dive or go with group. Lots of diving freedom! A board with divers names on movable tags gave a visual as to who was on board or in the water -- divers responsibility.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 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
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Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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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 5 stars
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Comments My return trip to the Solomon Islands on the Bilikiki did not disappoint: tiny porcelain anemone crab to giant manta rays, and lots of tropical fish in between. This was a seven day trip, instead of the more popular ten (which I took three years ago) and fourteen day offerings. We covered Russell and Florida and Mary Islands. I missed the longer trip westward, which included the Marovo Lagoon Area, and three remote village visits. But I enjoyed the one visit this trip to Karumolun Village for singing, dancing, and a tour.

Sam was there to greet when we arrived. He and partner Kellie bought the Bilikiki and the Spirit (in dry dock for some years now) from Rick and Jane Belmare within the past two years. Prior, they were dynamic cruise directors on the Bilikiki, super at finding the esoteric undersea and solving all problems on board. Now, separately, they make several trips a year on the vessel, and manage the business from Australia. I think the Bilikikiís future is in very capable caring hands. They certainly make the road making reservations easy and are great about answering questions without complaint and providing informational materials.

Cruise directors Daniela (Venezuelan) and Chaba (Hungarian) warmly welcomed us, and told us some basics before we began setting up gear in the late afternoon. The crew closely watched, but did not intervene unless asked. In addition to being superb undersea, Chaba & Daniela were skillful in finding fish and critters, and in helping with ID once back on board. They graciously handled questions and interference with their downtime (I wonder if guides ever get any!). Chaba actually seemed amused by requests, such as my mine to put up the hammock. My Air-2 free-flowed, and Chaba quickly replaced it with another the Bilikiki carries. I felt confident that the Bilikiki could handle anything with great competence, which is vital being in a remote area.

I boarded the Bilikiki in Honiara, capital of Solomon Islands, in the northwestern coast of Guadalcana ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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