25 years of experience at the proverbial end of the world
|Ship design:||steel ship|
|Electricity:||240 Volt (Australian adapter)/110 Volt (US-American adapter)|
|Language(s) spoken aboard :||Englisch|
|Services included:||all meals, non-alcoholic beverages|
|Diving:||Nitrox at an extra charge (advance booking requested), rental gear available at an extra charge (advance booking requested)|
The Bilikiki excels with a spacious dive deck and ample space for dive gear and camera equipment. Underwater photographers enjoy the camera section with charging stations (adapters necessary!) directly on the dive deck – this allows for quick and fuss-free last minute changes like exchanging lenses or batteries. Two dinghies – lovingly referred to the crew as “tinnies” because of their aluminium hulls – transport divers to the dive spots. The dinghies take turns to avoid crowds and idle time. On average, four to five dives a day are possible (except for crossing and inclement weather).
10 deluxe cabins provide space for 20 guests with shower/toilet and air conditioning. Eight cabins are equipped with double beds and bunk bed above (can be used for storage), two cabins have twin beds. All cabins are located on the lower deck. The ship’s stable steel hull has been braving every Pacific storm since 1989. The 38 meters length offer enough space for a shaded main deck and a spacious sun deck. The lounge area is equipped with DVD, data projector, and a widescreen LCD-TV (USB, HDMI, VGA). Both the entertainment area and the dining area are air-conditioned.
The Bilikiki provides 7- to 14-day trips in the Solomon Islands, starting from their capital Honiara. During the 7-day-tours the ship visits the Florida and Russell Islands. We also visit the dive sites of Marovo Lagoon during the longer trips. A dive cruise on the M.Y. Bilikiki truly is an adventure – and perhaps one of the last big gests in a remote part of the world. Even the internet provides hardly any detailed information about this marvellous archipelago.
Both water and air temperatures slightly vary during the year between 27 and 31 degrees Celsius. For repeat dives we recommend 3 to 5 mm wetsuits depending on your cold tolerance. During every trip we plan one shore leave to encounter locals and discover their world as well as for souvenir shopping. Those who still have energy left for extra activities may take up stand-up paddling or try fishing. The Bilikiki for sure does not provide five-star luxuries. However, divers who are looking for relaxed, independent diving in great dive spots and an experienced and able crew will fall for the peculiar charms of the old steely lady.