Liveaboard At A Glance
The 38m MV Bilikiki was the first liveaboard to become established in the Solomon Islands. She is professionally run, well maintained, comfortable and spacious and offers accommodation for 20 guests in 10 twin/double cabins all with air conditioning and en-suite facilities.
She has a large dive deck with plenty of space for kit, freshwater showers and rinse tanks. Diving takes place from two skiffs - the attentive crew follow your bubbles and shuttle you back to Bilikiki as soon as you surface. Up to five dives a day are offered.
(Top deck and inside images by Tom Demeyer)
Bilikiki accommodates 20 guests in 10 cabins - 8 cabins have a double bed plus a single bed above and two further cabins have twin beds (no bunk). All have en-suite bathrooms with shower.
There is a large sundeck and covered decks with open sides. The lounge area has comfortable seating, TV/DVD and a library of reference material and general reading.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served buffet style and there are tasty snacks available too. The chef is always happy to assist with special menu requests, but please notify us in advance of any specific needs.
The on board bar offers spirits, beer, wines and soft drinks.
The crew of 11 are well trained and friendly and will make every effort to ensure you have a great trip. In addition there are 2 managers who take care of the ships operations and run the diving.
(Images by Tom Demeyer)
Bilikiki has large dive decks which give plenty of room for individual storage. There are hangers for wetsuits, freshwater showers and rinse tanks. Divers are shuttled to the dives sites in one of the two specially designed skiffs. The crew on the skiffs track divers by their bubbles and quickly pick you up and transfer you back to the monthership. A lot of the diving is not deep as because the reefs start close to the surface and gradually drop off - allowing time to explore. There are deeper dives, such as some walls, where you'll need to use your computer.
The diving itinerary is not fixed - the dive managers will plan according to conditions and the wishes of the divers. They are very flexible in their planning and happy to receive guest input and comments. Up to 5 dives a day are offered and with water temperatures generally between 28 - 30 deg, a lycra suit or 2-3mm wet suit is recommended. However, after multiple dives, you may find you need some thermal protection.
For photographers, Bilikiki has 110 volt electrical outlets for battery recharging and large camera tables as well as a digital projector and wide screen TV with USB, HDMI and VGA inputs.
There is a full range of dive equipment available to rent on board - we recommend that you book this prior to your trip. Nitrox is available for certified divers.
(Images by Dom Demeyer)
Schedule & Itinerary
Call our Sales Team for trip dates.
Bilikiki operates out of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, and their crew will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the boat.
Flights into Honiara are usually via Brisbane and we normally recommend an overnight stay in Brisbane on the outbound and return journeys. The onward flight from Brisbane to Honiara takes just over 3 hours with Virgin Australia and Solomon Airlines operating scheduled flights on this route.
For those wishing to extend their holiday and stay on a resort in the Solomon Islands or spend more time in Australia, we can arrange accommodation and recommend tours and excursions.
Fly from the UK to Singapre (arriving next day).
Connecting flight from Singapore to Brisbane. Overnight hotel in Brisbane.
Fly from Brisbane to Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, where you will be met and transferred to Bilikiki for 10 nights. Boarding is usually between 4pm-5pm.
Spend 8 full days diving with up to 5 dives a day!
Some diving and some relaxing on board whilst observing the 24 hour no dive-fly rule.
Disembark Bilikiki (usually around 8am) and transfer back to Honiara airport for your flight to Brisbane.
Overnight hotel in Brisbane.
Fly from Brisbane, via Singapore, back to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK.
10 nights Bilikiki + 2 nights Brisbane from around £5,395pp
Price includes return flights from the UK to Brisbane with Singapore Airlines, 2 nights hotel in Brisbane and return flights with Solomon Airlines from Brisbane to Honiara.
In the Solomons it includes transfers from Honiara airport to Bilikiki, 10 nights accommodation on board in a twin/double share cabin, all meals and snacks, unlimited diving (up to 5 dives per day) with use of tanks/weights.