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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Solomons not what I expected, would not go back", May, 2016,

by Deborah Berglund, MT, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9138 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is an older boat and somewhat shabby, although everything was clean and functioned. The crew was great, the food good and the dive operation ok. The diving was not guided, often I was diving alone, which I did not like. Very little help finding anything. The viz was not very good, not what I expected. The dive sites I visited looked like big blocks of stone covered with algae.

The boat is too small for the number of divers. One person got sick and most of the rest of us caught it, making it a rather miserable crowded experience. My room mate got sick and made it impossible for me to sleep and I had no place to nap until I was offered a bunk while the people in the room were diving; the uncovered upper deck was too hot in the daytime heat. I skipped many dives due to the fatigue and sickness so may have missed the better diving. Space was a huge issue, I often had to stand to put my gear on as there were unfriendly people taking up the sitting spaces. About 1/2 of the available space was taken up by camera gear. After returning home I found that two of my strobes etc were missing and I do not know where they ended up. There is always one negative person on a boat and this time it was me as I was sick, then exhausted, then had ear problems.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indo, Phil, Solomons, French Polynesia, Micronesia, Red Sea, carib, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Galapagos
Closest Airport honiara Getting There through Brisbane or Fiji

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very crowded facilities although this may have been simply due to the number of photographers on board and the age of the boat. The organizers did the best they could. I am very jaded with this report as I had a terrible trip and will not return. I got almost no photos because there was nothing outstanding to shoot. Maybe others would find it tolerable but I am used to a bit better.
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By Karl W Shermanin TX, US at Nov 04, 2018 17:08 EST  
Appreciate the truthful report, saves fellow divers future headaches.
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