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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Fun dive trip on the Bilikiki", Aug, 2017,

by Laurie Pemberton, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9770 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We really enjoyed our time on the Bilikiki, and are already planning a return trip. Crew is friendly and very helpful. Food is delicious.
The Bilikiki has given seeds to the local villages to grow food, and then they buy the fresh fruits and vegetables during the trip.
Diving is from tinnies, and the crew takes your gear from the dive deck onto the tinnies. It is only a 5-10 min ride from the mother ship to the dive site, so you are gearing up on the way and ready to backroll in upon arrival. We found the diving conditions to be good - mainly calm waters, a few had some current but not bad, diversity of types of dive sites, lots of fish. Both wide angle and macro opportunities. The Bilikiki pays the local villages to dive in their waters, and most of the villages are aware of the importance to protect their reefs environmentally and from illegal or over-fishing.
Websites Bilikiki Cruises   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Turks&Caicos, Cozumel, Curacao, StKitts-Saba, Florida, California, Sea of Cortez, Socorro, Palau, Yap, Fiji, Bali-Komodo, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, Cuba, Roatan, Solomon Islands
Closest Airport Honiara Getting There We flew via Australia (Brisbane)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Mostly watch your depth, especially if on nitrox, and 60-70min dives were typical but most dives were flexible
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate charging room with both US and Australian type outlets. Dedicated table in the main salon for cameras only, and baskets for your stuff (like an extra camera for topside photos). Camera table on the dive deck, and two large camera only rinse tanks.
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