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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Good trip with variety", Aug, 2016,

by Mark Vanderlinden, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9414 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Overall great trip. Plenty of wide angle and macro opportunities. Underwater visibility was variable at most sites with the best overall in the Russell Islands. This was my first trip to this location. Due the distance and time to get there we did two live aboard trips back to back. I would recommend if possible to arrive in Honiara one to two days before the trip starts to get acclimated and rest up as it makes the trip much more enjoyable. The city of Honiara in my opinion a not a great place to stay for an extended length of time other than to rest up and get acclimated. It looks like a ghetto and has limited quality places to eat and stay. The upside are the people are very friendly and polite.

As indicated in previous reports the crew and service on the Bilikki is still outstanding and they went out of their way to address concerns and correct problems if they came up. I will definitely make a return trip in the future.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Florida, Hawaii, Micronesia (Palau, Yap, Truk), Wake and Johnston Is, Malysia (Sipadan), Okinawa, Maldives, Indonesia (Bali and Wakatobi)
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There LA via Fiji to Solomons

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No real restrictions rather than watch your depth if using nitrox and no deco diving
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 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Pretty good set up considering on our trip , many participants had camera rigs that took up a lot of space. The battery charging area was in a separate room upstairs. They had great rinse tanks with the water changed regularly and crew handled the equipment with good skill and care
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