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Dive Review of Bilikiki/Spirit of Solomons in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki/Spirit of Solomons, Apr, 2007,

by Ike, Oregon, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3292.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving PNG, Eastern Fields, Palau, Indonesia, Thailand, Honduros, Belize, Carribean....
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive computer, come up with 500lbs, No time limits
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 [None]Rinse Tanks, Large table on dive deck, Lounge had charging stations and plenty of room

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Probably the best liveaboard I have encounterd. I booked trip with Reef & Rainforest 6 Months in advance. I became aware towards the time of the trip that there was only one other diver. Aghast, I thought my trip would be cancelled. I was reassured by Reef & Rainforest that my trip was a go and there would be no scrimping to save fuel etc. And it came to pass. I arrived in Honiara and was met by Evan, boat rep, brought to Ship where I met my fellow diver, an excellant diver from Switzerland. We had a choice of cabin and were treated like royalty by Kellie and Sam, the boat managers. I soon discovered that the A/C was kaput. Sam had the crew take his A/C out of his cabin and installed in my cabin. I have never been treated so well. The diving, overall, was fantastic. We could dive up to 5 times daily. I finished the 11 days with 44 dives. There was muck diving with dragonets, mandarin fish etc. Wall diving was great with cuttle fish, Sharks, Great Barracuda, Rays and the parade kept coming. What made this trip so notable was the Tinnies that took us back to Mother ship after surfacing. There was no sitting in the Sun waiting for other diver, as she exceeded my dive time of 60-75 minutes, by 20 to 25 minutes. As Mel Brooks said "It's good to be King".
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