Diving like 30 or 40 years ago...
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