Bilikiki Liveaboard

Bilikiki Liveaboard

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  • NitroxSurcharge
  • WifiNo
  • Diving EquipmentSurcharge
  • Tech Diving FriendlyNo
  • Fleet nameBilikiki Cruises
  • Year built1966
  • Length38 m
  • Width7.5 m
  • Capacity20
  • MaterialSteel

Bilikiki is a most spacious boat on Solomon Islands. 

Boat Interior 

Bilikiki has 10 staterooms, all are equipped with private facilities. Cabins are located on lower deck. Divers can book an entire cabin or share twin stateroom with another diver. Also, each room has storage facilities, that can be useful during the trip. Salon area is large, it has necessary facilities for you to feel comfortable, relaxed after the day of diving, chat with other divers on board. Meals are served in open air diving area, where you can also enjoy the gorgeous view. Sun deck has a number of sun loungers, it is ideal to observe the marvelous scenery.

Dive Deck 

Bilikiki has a diving platform, with comfortable access to the water. It is big, comfortable to prepare for the dive. Here divers will find numerous of storage boxes for the gear and a camera table, comfortable to maintain your equipment.

Safety

To ensure your safety Bilikiki has life rafts and life vests, first aid kit, fire alarm fire extinguishers, etc. Crew team is trained to manage emergency situations.

Photographers Friendly

Bilikiki suits for photo enthusiasts. Boat equipped with a large camera table. Besides, a boat has separate camera room, dive deck supplied with a rinsing tank for a camera. Bilikiki Liveaboard can offer trips dedicated to marine photography. Even divers with none experience can take part in expeditions with experienced photographers. Even if you haven’t such experience yet, you can still be a part of a trip.

Itinerary 

Bilikiki is one of the few boats that offers Solomon Islands itineraries. This destination is not much crowded, it’s nature is still unspoiled by tourists. Its reefs are full of different fish. Plentiful of clown fish, angel fish and butterfly fish lives between coral reefs and walls of Solomon Islands. This area is popular for macro diving. Manta shrimp, ghost pipefish, and pygmy seahorses inhabit this destination.

When to Go 

To visit of Solomon Islands is better to choose months between May to October. Average water temperature is from 27ะก/80F. There is a period of the heaviest rainfalls occurs from November to April. 

A diving trip on Bilikiki is a unique possibility to discover unspoiled Solomon Islands. This is a magnificent opportunity for photo enthusiasts as well

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CabinsView deck plan

Double Cabin

Double Cabin

Deck:
Lower Deck
Bedding:
Double bed + Twin bed (bunk-style)
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
8
Double bed with a single bunk above
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Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

Deck:
Lower Deck
Bedding:
Twin beds
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
2
Twin cabin
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Amenities

Boat specification

  • Fleet nameBilikiki Cruises
  • Year built1966
  • Last renovation dateJanuary, 2013
  • Length38 m
  • Width7.5 m
  • Capacity20
  • MaterialSteel
  • LanguagesEnglish, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Handicapped FriendlyNo
  • Number of cabins10
  • Engines350 HP 3406 Turbo Charged Caterpillar Diesel
  • Generator2x Cummins 110kW
  • CompressorsAir and Nitrox both with back ups
  • Tenders2 20ft aluminium tenders
  • Power plugs onboardAustralian style 240V and US style 110V
  • Freshwater maker3000 ltrs a day
  • On-board payment methodsCash
  • Water capacity25000 liter
  • Fuel capacity12000 liter

Crew

14 in total, 2 cruise directors, 2 captains, 3 chefs, 3 engineers, 1 engineer/DM, bar man, laundry and tinny driver.

Onboard Facilities

  • Laundry Service
  • Massage
  • Onboard Kayaks
  • Audio & Video Entertainment
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Sun Loungers
  • Open Air Saloon
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Bar
  • Child Friendly
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • SPA
  • Land Excursions
  • Fishing

Cabin Facilities

  • TV in Cabins
  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite Cabins
  • Wall Fan
  • Lockable Storage
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries

Food & drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Buffet Style
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Spirits
  • A La Carte
  • Hot & Soft Drinks and Cold
  • Snacks All Day

Photography Facilities

  • Camera & Photography Station
  • Separate Rinsing Tanks for U/W Camera
  • Camera Table
  • Special Storage for U/W Camera
  • Charging Stations

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Diving and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS Tracking
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Rafts
  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Sounder
  • Satellite Phone
  • Bilge Pump Alarm
  • Searchlight
  • EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon)
  • Emergency Flares
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Life Rings

Diving Facilities

  • Warm Water Showers
  • Rebreather Support
  • Compressors
  • Rinse Hosts
  • Tenders for Diving
  • Tech Diving
  • Dive Deck
  • Valve Fittings
  • Personal Storage Space

Reviews about Bilikiki

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An incredibly diverse trip!Verified review

I had an amazing 10 nights onboard the Bilikiki! The dive sites were so diverse and so beautiful, we had some amazing encounters with wildlife, the crew are phenomenal and have so much energy and enthusiasm for what they do, and lastly it is so well organized and run which allowed us to dive to our hearts content. The dive deck is spacious and well sorted making suiting up and getting back on the boat so easy. We will be heading back next year!
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Diving like 30 or 40 years ago...Verified review

Solomon Islands is still one of the least dived and visited archipelago where diving is still excellent and where pollution is minimum. When diving with Bilikiki, one of the rare diving boat, the highlight is that you step back in the past by visiting isolated islands where people are still practising a traditional life. It is a pleasure between some dives to see these friendly people canoeing around the Bilikiki to sell their fresh food. Bilikiki despite his age is still a comfortable diving boat with an excellent local crew and foreign management. Service and food are excellent. As a non professional photographer but responsible diver (Just using a GoPro) I have appreciate the fact that I could dive solo when I wanted, exploring the reef the way I have been doing for years. This is not always possible with many dive companies...and dives could be boring when you are forced to team with macro photographers! I have also appreciate the fact that the Owner (Kelly) and the managers have rerouted the boat the second night to sail back to Honiara to collect my luggage as it did not arrive the day before on my arrival. I was feeling so miserable the first day without my diving gear and personal belongings. Thanks a lot! Solomon islands is still a destination with few international flights , so I advise the divers to arrive one or two days before the departure of Bilikiki in case something goes wrong. Flight delay, lost baggage, etc... Because of the configuration of this archipelago, the islands and their people, the dives, this was certainly my best live aboard experience. One of the last diving frontier, authentic and not crowded... So enjoy the Solomon islands with Bilkiki
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Everything good in a liveaboardVerified review

All the best terms used to describe the best-run cruises must be used to describe our trip on the MV Bilikiki. Ship shape, tight ship, seaworthy. I'm sure there are others! Excellence is another key term that can be used to describe the Bilikiki experience. Fabulous accommodations (specially designed for easy diving), along with great food and outstanding diving equals a boat full of really happy travelers. We did the 10-day trip in March 2016. It was my first-ever liveaboard, leaving us full of plans to do another and another and another.
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