Bilikiki Liveaboard

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Destination: Solomon Islands

Itineraries: Solomon Islands (7-14 nights) | From $585/night

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Bilikiki Liveaboard Quick Pitch

The MV Bilikiki has been operating in the Solomon Islands for 27 years and was the first full-service luxury dive liveaboard to dive the Solomon Islands. Featuring 10 air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms for up to 20 divers, 3 hearty meals served buffet-style daily and ample, MV Bilikiki is just what you need to have a great dive liveaboard vacation in the Solomon Islands! 

 

Why You'll LIke Bilikiki Liveaboard

  • The 1st full-service luxury dive liveaboard in the Solomon Islands
  • Lots of space: 125-foot in length
  • Nitrox available
  • Rich variety of marine life 
 

 

Liveaboard Locations

Embarkation and disembarkation are from the port near Honiara. Bilikiki provides transfers to and from Honiara airport (code: HIR). Fly via Fiji or east coast Australia.

 

Dive Overview

Sharks, mantas, dolphins, turtles, every tropical fish imaginable. Varied terrain including walls, reefs, passages, caverns and bommies.

[Read More: Solomon Islands Marine Life]

 

This Great Video Will Show You What It's Like to Dive with MV Bilikiki

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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MV Bilikiki Accommodation Details

  • Number of cabins: 10 cabins for up to 20 divers
  • Cabin Types:  10 deluxe cabins (8 with a double bed below and a single above, 2 with twin beds - no bunk)
  • Air Conditioning: Yes.
  • En-Suite Bathroom: Yes, with shower, toilet and hand basin.

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Cabins #3-#10 have a double bed + a single bunk (L) & Cabins #1 & #2 have two single beds (R)  

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General Facilities

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MV Bilikiki Boat Features

  • Photo room, large camera tables and separate camera rinse
  • Large Screen Digital TV with USB port
  • Multi-format video/DVD system
  • Evening slide shows
  • Spacious sun deck
  • Food & Drinks: All-inclusive meals and snacks. 3 buffet-style meals daily.
  • Large dive deck
  • Shampoo and soap in all cabins and the dive deck showers. Hairdryers available

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Dining (L) & Dive deck (R)

 

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Sun deck (L) & salon (R)

Deck Plan

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Bilikiki Liveaboard Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include taxes.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

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Inclusions

  • Hotel or airport transfers in Honiara (within 3 days of the trip)
  • Onboard accommodation, meals and snacks
  • Unlimited diving
  • Weights, belts, tanks and air fills

 

Exclusions

  • Bar drinks
  • Personal purchases
  • Divers Alert Network Evacuation Insurance
  • Nitrox (S20/per diving day, for certiified divers only)
  • Dive equipment rental
  • Mandatory: USD $25 per person a night tax payable before the trip
 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

Like the idea of a luxury liveaboard closer to home? Check out the Solmar V and the Socorro Vortex.

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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This Awesome Video Will Show You Why You Should Dive the Solomon Islands!

 

Typical Solomon Islands Itinerary with Bilikiki Liveaboards

  • There are no set itineraries, as 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 they will do their utmost to offer you the best diving available at the time.
  • MV Bilikiki dives primarily around 3 island groups: Florida Islands, Russell Islands, and Marovo Lagoon 
  • in the New Georgia Group, each with a vast array of dive sites. They also dive an isolated island known as Mary Island.
  • The 7-night trips will generally dive Florida Islands, Russell Islands and Mary Island, while 10 night and longer trips will also travel to Marovo Lagoon area of the Western Province.
 

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Typical Daily Schedule (Might Vary)

  • Breakfast is from 6:30-8am
  • Dive 1 briefing is at 7:45am 
  • Snacks are offered after the first dive
  • Dive 2 briefing is at 10:45am
  • Lunch is after the first dive at 12:30pm
  • Dive 3 briefing is at 2pm
  • Snacks and fruits are offered between dives 3 & 4
  • 6pm sunset nibbles (snacks) are offered on the sundeck.
  • 7pm dinner
  • 8pm night dive (dive 5)

 

What to See

The Solomon Island waters are very nutrient-rich, and they support the entire food chain from microscopic creatures to major predators. You can expect to see a variety of sharks, mantas, dolphins, and turtles, and barracuda in uncountable numbers. In shallower waters, you'll see almost every tropical imaginable, and some that will stretch your imagination.

[Read More: Solomon Islands Marine Life]

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Boat Specifications

  • Construction: Steel
  • Length: 125 ft
  • Beam: 24 ft
  • Voltages: 415 V three-phase, 240 V single-phase, 110 V charging outlets
  • Tonnage: 280
  • Main Engine: 350 HP 3406 Turbo Charged Caterpillar Diesel
  • Auxiliaries: 2 × 80 kW
  • Water capacity: 25000ltrs
  • Fuel capacity: 12000ltrs
  • Freshwater maker: 3000 ltrs a day

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+10 (PNG) & UTC+11 (Solomons)
  • Currency Accepted: USD or AUD (Other currencies might be accepted as long as it has been pre-arranged).
  • Language: English
  • Payment Onboard: Cash, Visa & MasterCard. 
 

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Reviews (7)

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great diving! pristine. really enjoyed the diving, incredible coral. They do a shark feed once which I don't support, but staff was great. very accommodating. boat is ok, had a rather large room in the bow, as liveaboards go, no complaints. well suited for couples and singles, no strong currents for us, landscape is stunningly beautiful. also, get to visit local villages and shop, really worthwhile.

Visited on 04/2017 - Submitted on 05/17/2018
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My wife and I just returned from a glorious trip on the Bilikiki where we truly enjoyed the boat and the diving. The boat is a refitted cargo vessel. That may take you aback, but it has real character and you will fall in love the spacious boat. The dive deck is very roomy with double camera tanks and two level camera table. The actual dives take place from “Tiny’s” that make for an extraordinary experience. When you pop to the surface the Tiny races you back to the boat, no waiting. The deck crew takes care of everything and all you need to do is rinse in a warm shower and hang your dive suits (if you wear them). The attention to you from the crew is the best!

The rooms are comfortable and have plenty of room to store whatever gear you want in your room. Since the voltage is 240V, you will need to take a power strip or plan to use the Bilikiki well stocked recharging room behind the pilot house. It has both 110v and 240v for those coming from anywhere in the world. There is an inside camera table for those that take lots of accessories and lenses so that you can rig your system as you like without any hassle. Each person has their own basket to hold your precious gear.

The eating arrangements were casual. Buffet style serving with great food and dining on the large deck. Eating is very healthy with many local vegetables (yummy) and low fat/salt main courses. Great custom made snacks between dives with plenty of fruit.

As for the diving, it was our first trip to the Pacific side. However, since the Bilikiki is the only boat operating in the Solomon Islands the reefs are virgin and astonishingly healthy. We saw every form of sea life we read about. Our most memorable were the Manta’s, huge schools of Barracuda, other large schools and the many varieties of Anemone Fish. We dove some of the most published photographed places in the Pacific such as those popularized by Stephen Frink (Leru Cut and others). We did not see any whales.

We meet people that were highly traveled divers that were making their 3-5th trips on the Bilikiki and were very clear as to why. We feel fortunate to have made this choice!!

Visited on 08/2014 - Submitted on 08/07/2014
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I went on a 10-day trip on the Bilikiki followed by a 7-day trip. Both trips were absolutely fantastic, and I would LOVE to return to the Solomon Islands on the Bilikiki. I'll start with the diving. The overall theme is incredible diversity of diving. There's a little bit of everything...wall dives and beautiful reefs, muck dives, shark dives, drift dives, and even wrecks. As such, there are endless photography opportunities. For the macro enthusiast, we saw tons of critters: lots of nudibranchs, multiple species of pygmy seahorses, larger seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, ghost pipefish, cuttlefish, octopus, blennies, shrimp, mandarinfish...and the list goes on.

Amazingly, there were equally as many wide angle opportunities: huge schools of jacks and barracuda at Mary's Island, great visibility at multiple dive spots, manta rays, turtles, sharks, caves, and beautiful coral reefs. Oftentimes you will encounter multiple macro and wide-angle opportunities at the same dive site, so be prepared to choose your lens carefully.

Diving is sometimes done directly off the Bilikiki and sometimes from smaller boats that transport divers to/from the Bilikiki. Dive times are unlimited, and the dive platform of the Bilikiki makes your life very easy. The setup for photographers is nice as well with great care taken for photography equipment.

The next perk of the Bilikiki was the incredible crew. They were absolutely spectacular. Friendly, knowledgeable, and doing whatever it took to make passengers happy. The crew was truly a highlight of the trip.

The food was great as well. As context, I eat a LOT, and I was very happy with the food on the Bilikiki...great meals and lots of snacks in between meals.

I am absolutely thrilled with my Bilikiki experience and would love to return. My only frustration with the experience is the difficulty in getting there from the United States. We flew from LA to Fiji to Vanuatu to Honiara, and then we had to wait two days to board the Bilikiki. The reason for this wait was not due to any issues with the Bilikiki, but because this was the last flight available that got us to Honiara prior to embarking on the Bilikiki. I know this wasn't the case for all trips on the Bilikiki, but it was the case for mine.

Granted, I was there in 2008, so hopefully this is no longer an issue. And as I said, the overall experience was absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend the Bilikiki and the Solomon Islands.

Visited on 07/2008 - Submitted on 03/24/2014
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We were aboard the Bilikiki liveaboard for a 10 day trip May 12-24, 2013 in the Solomon Islands. It is by far the best liveaboard experience that we have ever had. The divemasters Daniela and Csaba were outstanding. They not only gave us great dive briefings, but underwater helped to show us many things that we would missed on our own. Underwater photography was outstanding with great visibility and lots of sealife and pristine corals. Daniela and Csaba also were great above water by being great hosts and tour guides as we were able to visit several islands to buy hand made goods and visit villages. You could tell that the villagers had an excellent relationship with the Bilikiki. The crew was also excellent and extended wonderful hospitality to us. The meals were are all good and included a variety of choices. Breakfast included scrambled eggs, fruit, and pastries. Lunch was simple with sandwich fixings. Dinner included a choice of several entrees from fresh fish, chicken, pork, or beef with fresh grilled vegetables. There was a bar with a limited choice of wines, beers, and mixed drinks. Alcoholic drinks were extra.

There were 10 cabins that accommodated 2 persons per cabin. The cabins did not have windows because they were below sea level. The cabins were simple with moderate space for storage. The ensuite bathroom was small, but functional. There was plenty of hot water for the shower. there was separate room for camera equipment and charging batteries,

Tinney's were used to transport the divers from the boat to the dive sites. All dives were drift dives with the tinney's dropping off and picking up the divers. The boat staff transported your equipment to and from the tinney's. Entrance into the water was by a backroll. About 10 divers were in each tinney. There was always one dive master in the water with many times both divemasters. There was an opportunity to do 5 dives each day with one being at night where the boat was moored for the evening. Nitrox was available and average dives were 60 minutes.

There were lots of nudibranches, anenomefish, clownfish, various angelfish, black tip sharks, giant clams, a few pigmy seahorses, a variety of starfish, triggerfish, one dive site with mandarin fish, eels, coral reef snakes, puffers, and lionfish. The most challenging divesite was Devil's Highway, but it was worth it to see manta rays at a feeding station.

Our favorite place in Indonesia is Wakatobi, but the Solomon Islands are a close second.

We would highly recommend a trip on the Bilikiki and look forward to returning someday soon.

Visited on 05/2013 - Submitted on 03/01/2014
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Minneapolis, MN
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Getting here is not too bad. We flew to Brisbane from LA, stayed a couple of days, and then flew non-stop to Honiara which is only about a 3.5 hour flight away. We didn’t stay on land, but several people did. If you have an interest in WWII wrecks, there is plenty to see. Just be ready for Malaria protection as this is one of the worst places in the world for malaria.

The Bilikiki is a nice boat but not spectacular. We had a very unusual situation in that because of a group cancellation, there were only four of us on board. It was kind of fun to have a room all to ourself and we kind of designed each day as the four of us wanted to have it happen. The host and hostess were both dive masters and that was who led the four of us into battle. As could be expected, we were given total flexibility in our dive profile. I have remained friends with the other 2 divers for almost a decade now.

The boat had a great relationship with the natives. They would sell us vegetables and fish on many of our stops. We did 3 village stops during our 11 days and they were very authentic and lots of fun. We were likely the only outside civilization that they would see for a month. The welcome was always warm and sincere.

The food was consistently good, but not as good as some other boats I have been on. The breakfasts were nice, but the dinners were a little boring after a while.

The Solomons have a number of very lovely dive sites. My personal favorite was Custom Cave which is a long tunnel that ends in a large open cavern with an opening to the sun at the top. When the sun goes under a cloud, it gets dark and when the sun comes out, a light switch goes on and a beam comes from the ceiling. Very cool. Leru Cut is similar and is more famous. The shimmering light is very unusual.

Mary’s Island has diving similar to Sipadan. The premier dive site is Barracuda Point which attracts gray sharks and large schools of fish. It is quite deep and the best action is well below 100 feet.

Only the longer itineraries go to the Morovo Lagoon and the very best diving is definitely there. If you are going half way around the world, it is good to get to these dive sites. They are classic atoll dives with the best dives along cuts into the center of the lagoon. Amazing sea fans on several of the sites.

Back in the Russell Islands, a series of sites hover over the giant garbage dumps left by the U.S. after the battle of Guadacanal. Lots of critters here

Throughout the Solomons, the seas were warm and the clarity was very high. We found a very nice Mandarin Fish site here that was as good as any one that I have seen anywhere.

The overall impression of diving in the Solomons is variety. Nice WWII wrecks. Schools of fish at Morovo Lagoon and Mary’s Island. Some very nice critter sites. Leru and Custom Cave are highly unusual as well.

We were on the boat for 11 days and did 50 dives. It was a very good experience.

Visited on 07/2005 - Submitted on 02/12/2014

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