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Dive Review of Bilikiki in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki, Apr, 2008,

by Kent Roorda, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4004.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribbean, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Deco, Stay within limits.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a large, dry photo table inside the main salon where one could assemble camera gear, etc. There was also another large camera table on the dive deck. Crew were great about rinsing and helping care for camera gear.

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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Bilikiki is a nice and comfortably run boat. All the crew went out of their way to help guests at all times. After diving, there were always warm toweles, an on-deck shower, and snacks. Food was good and the crew gave attention to those who had allergies and other food preferences. Rooms are very spacious and clean and comfortable. Diving is from skiffs. They take you right to the dive site, drop you off, and then pick you up whereever you come up. No need to worry about 'getting back to the boat!' The skiffs are fast and efficient and one doesn't wait long before the skiff is there to pick you up. Very Nice!
The reefs and marine life seem to be in a state of decline. It's one of those (many) places that you should see while it's still good.
For people who must spend a night in Honaira (the port Bilikiki comes and goes from), one should know that the accomodations in Honaira leave a lot to be desired. This is not Bilikiki's fault! The best hotel in town is the Hotel Mendana, and it's facilities are substandard. The water pressure is so low that water doesn't come out of many faucets. There is mold on the walls, tiles are falling off bathroom walls, and beds are not comfortable. Thus, try to make your travel arrangements so that you don't have to spend overnight time in Honaira.
The Bilikiki crew meets you at the airport when you arrive and they are with you all the way up until the time you step on the plane to go home. They are extremely helpful.
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