Bilikiki is the first professional dive liveaboard in the Solomon Islands. It offers dive liveaboard trips around the Solomon Islands, it can taks a maximum of 20 guests per trip.

Iqbal

25/01/2016

We want to thank you heartedly for the friendliness, hospitality and phenomenal diving. The entire experience both underwater and on the boat was so memorable and spectacular. Thank you for working...

Description

Boat

Bilikiki is a 38 meters long, 7.5 meters wide steel vessel - also the first liveaboard provide diving service in the Solomon Islands, it starts sailing/diving since 1989. During all these years, it gathered a lot of experience in diving, sailing and cruising, and it is well maintained, the boat carries all necessary navigation and communication equipment to ensure the safty.

Bilikiki is large and seaworthy, offers unparalleled comfort at sea. The large size of the boat itself and a hull that was built specifically built for the South Pacific seas.

On the main deck, there is a spacious covered dining area in the front, where delicious meals will be served three times daily in buffet style, and between the meals snacks are always ample.

There is also a comfortable indoor salon where guests can enjoy the wide screen LCD TV with USD/HDMI/VGA inputs, the DVDs, and an extensive library of reference material and recreational reading. The salon also equipped few large tables with sitting area, a bar that can provide various drinks during the cruise.

On the upper deck, there is a large sun deck with deck charis where guests can enjoy the sunbath during the day, watch the stars during the night. The wheel house, captain's cabin, a photo room, and the manager's cabin.

The large dive deck is located on the back of the main deck, individual storage for gear, racks and hangers for suits, freshwater showers, separate rinse tanks for photo gear, and easy access to the skiffs will be found there.

Bilikiki also lots of electrical outlets for batter charging (110V), and large camera tables for checking the equipments for photographers. Guests also can find wash tubs and as well as deck showers for use.


Cabin

Bilikiki has 10 comfortable deluxe cabins, it can accommodates up to 20 guests per trip:

All cabins are located on the lower deck and equipped with en-suite bathrooms (with shampoo and soap), air conditioning, storege area, and other cabin facilities.

Onboard, there are 5 hair-dryers, if you require one for the trip please ask the managers onboard and they will provide one for you.

2 Twin Cabins:
Located on the lower deck each cabin comes with two single beds, portholes.

8 Double Cabins:
Located on the lower deck each cabin comes with 1 double bed and 1 single bed in bunk style, portholes.


Diving

  • 4 to 5 dives per day, depending on sea conditions.

  • Only 2 dives will be provided on the day before departure.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Not available at the moment
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Not available at the moment
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Water Toys onboard:Stand up paddle boards, kayaks
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Available with additional cost
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash (USD/Euro/Solomon dollars) or credit card
  • Crew Number:13, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Diving in the Solomon Islands

Diving is done mothership fashion with divers shuttled to the dive site in one of the two specially designed aluminum skiffs (called “tinnies”). Once in the water, the divers are tracked by their bubbles and can be picked up by the tinnie crew and shuttled back to the ship almost the minute they reach the surface. This eliminates long swims, current fighting and sitting in the hot sun while waiting for other divers to surface.

The dive schedule is established by the managers, but this is flexible to accommodate the desires of all the passengers. An evening briefing usually outlines the plans for the next days diving, and passengers comments and input are welcomed. The ship does not follow a specific itinerary during the course of a cruise, and weather and diving conditions, and the preferences of the passengers, will all affect the dive sites chosen and the length of stay in any given locale.

In general, on a 10 day or longer cruise the ship will visit the Florida Islands, Russell Islands, Marovo Lagoon and Mborukua Island (also known as Mary Island). Seven day trips generally operate in the Floridas, Russells and Mborukua.

Most diving need not be deep as the reefs start close to the surface. Often the reefs drop off gradually allowing you to explore extensively at relatively shallow depths. You will find walls, however, often in close conjunction to a reef, making it excellent for computer assisted diving.

Divers in the Solomons are usually comfortable in a Lycra or at most an eighth inch ( 2- 3mm ) wetsuit. Water temperature will be in the 82oF to 85oF (28o C - 30o C) range, but after multiple dives per day you may find that you need some thermal protection.

Bring both macro and wide-angle lens for your cameras if you are into underwater photography.

Power throughout the ship is 240 V 50 cycle, using Australia style 3-prong outlets. There are also plenty of American style 110 V 60 cycle outlets for charging cameras, strobes, dive lights, etc. These outlets are only for charging purposes so if you intend to use hairdryers, shavers, etc. you will need to bring adapters.


what is the difference in the different length trips?

Solomon Islands consists of hundreds of islands and groups of islands.
There are 3 main island groups that we dive: Florida Islands, Russell Islands, and Marovo Lagoon in the New Georgia Group. Each of these island groups consists of dozens of islands and a vast array of dive sites. We also dive an isolated island known as Mary Island.

Our 7 night trips will generally dive Florida Islands, Russell Islands and Mary Island, while 14 night and longer trips will also travel to Marovo Lagoon.

10 night trips may or may not go to Marovo depending on conditions. We do not have set itineraries. There are so many dive sites in each area that we are able to go where the best diving is at any given time, and also cater to the type of diving that the guests on board prefer.

In all cases rest assured that we will do our utmost to offer you the best diving available at the time.


Check-in and Check-out

Boarding time on the first day is normally around 4 - 5 PM. Disembarkation is around 8 AM on the last day.

All of our departures are designed to work with the incoming and outgoing flights so in general overnights are not required. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the vessel, or if your flight is earlier than the boarding time to a nearby hotel where you can relax. On the last day you generally have a few hours to look around town before we transfer you back to the airport.

Of course not all flights from all ports of entry arrive and depart on our charter dates so depending on when you choose to fly overnights may be required.

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Destinations Solomon Islands
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station, Water Toys, Laundry, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
28/05/2019 to 07/06/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
08/06/2019 to 18/06/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
18/06/2019 to 28/06/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
02/07/2019 to 09/07/2019 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
09/07/2019 to 19/07/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
20/07/2019 to 30/07/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
30/07/2019 to 10/08/2019 11 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
10/08/2019 to 20/08/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
20/08/2019 to 27/08/2019 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
27/08/2019 to 10/09/2019 14 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
10/09/2019 to 20/09/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
24/09/2019 to 01/10/2019 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $3,920.00 Detail
01/10/2019 to 15/10/2019 14 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $7,840.00 Detail
15/10/2019 to 25/10/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
26/10/2019 to 02/11/2019 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $3,920.00 Detail
02/11/2019 to 16/11/2019 14 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $7,840.00 Detail
16/11/2019 to 26/11/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $6,160.00 Detail
26/11/2019 to 06/12/2019 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
07/12/2019 to 21/12/2019 14 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,600.00 Detail
21/12/2019 to 04/01/2020 14 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $7,840.00 Detail
03/03/2020 to 10/03/2020 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $4,060.00 Detail
10/03/2020 to 20/03/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
21/03/2020 to 28/03/2020 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $4,060.00 Detail
28/03/2020 to 04/04/2020 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $4,060.00 Detail
04/04/2020 to 14/04/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
14/04/2020 to 24/04/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
25/04/2020 to 02/05/2020 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $4,060.00 Detail
02/05/2020 to 12/05/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
12/05/2020 to 22/05/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
26/05/2020 to 05/06/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
09/06/2020 to 20/06/2020 11 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $6,380.00 Detail
20/06/2020 to 30/06/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
30/06/2020 to 10/07/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
11/07/2020 to 21/07/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
21/07/2020 to 31/07/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
01/08/2020 to 11/08/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
11/08/2020 to 22/08/2020 11 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $6,380.00 Detail
22/08/2020 to 29/08/2020 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $4,060.00 Detail
29/08/2020 to 06/09/2020 8 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $4,640.00 Detail
08/09/2020 to 18/09/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
19/09/2020 to 03/10/2020 14 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $8,120.00 Detail
03/10/2020 to 13/10/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
13/10/2020 to 27/10/2020 14 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $6,380.00 Detail
28/10/2020 to 07/11/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $8,120.00 Detail
07/11/2020 to 17/11/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
17/11/2020 to 27/11/2020 10 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $5,800.00 Detail
01/12/2020 to 12/12/2020 11 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $6,380.00 Detail
12/12/2020 to 19/12/2020 7 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $4,060.00 Detail
22/12/2020 to 02/01/2021 11 nights Solomon Islands Honiara - Honiara From $6,380.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Solomon Islands 7 nights Deluxe From $3,920.00
Solomon Islands 8 nights Deluxe From $4,640.00
Solomon Islands 10 nights Deluxe From $5,600.00
Solomon Islands 11 nights Deluxe From $5,600.00
Solomon Islands 14 nights Deluxe From $5,600.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Solomon Islands

Время для посещения: Дайвинг-сафари и дейли-дайвинг на Соломоновых островах возможны в течение всего года.

Климат: Поскольку Соломоновы острова расположены всего на несколько градусов южнее экватора, здесь царит субэкваториальный очень влажный климат. Сезоны выражены не четко, дожди возможны в любой период, но обычно длятся недолго. Муссоны с ноября по апрель приносят немного больше ливней. Среднегодовая температура воздуха варьируется от 26°С до 28°С.

Температура воды: Температура воды обычно колеблется в пределах от 27°С до 29°С.

Визы: Граждане РФ, Украины и Казахстана должны оформить предварительное разрешение на въезд, с которым можно получить визу по прилету. Гражданам Белоруссии визу на Соломоновы острова надо получать заранее.

Логистика: Международный аэропорт Соломоновых островов расположен в столице страны Хониара (HIR). Большинство международных рейсов прибывает сюда из Брисбена (Австралия). Есть также несколько рейсов из Нанди (Фиджи) и Порт-Морсби (Папуа - Новая Гвинея).

Валюта: Национальной валютой Соломоновых островов является доллар Соломоновых островов (SBD). Выдача наличных денег в банкоматах и оплата кредитной картой возможны только в крупных городах и на курортах (обычно с комиссией 5%). Для обмена валют лучше всего использовать доллары США (USD) или Австралии (AUD).

Форма одежды: На дайвинг-сафари идеальна легкая воздушная одежда, которая также предлагает защиту от тропического солнца. При посещении местных деревень желательна длинная юбка или шорты ниже колен.

Электричество: Разъем Тип I (аналогичен Австралии), 240V, 50Hz.

Diver's reviews (1)

Iqbal, 25/01/2016

We want to thank you heartedly for the friendliness, hospitality and phenomenal diving. The entire experience both underwater and on the boat was so memorable and spectacular. Thank you for working so hard, loving your work and taking care of us. We enjoyed every minute. We hope to come dive with you again!

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