Bilikiki Cruises

Bilikiki Cruises has been operating since 1988 and offers superb liveaboard diving to the best spots on the diverse, thriving, colourful reefs of the Solomon Islands.

A Brief History of Bilikiki Cruises

Bilikiki Cruises was founded by Rick and Jane Belmare and Roger and Janita Radford in 1988. Rick and Jane had been running land based diving in the Solomons for a while having left Canada for the warmer climes of the South Pacific. They couldn't believe their luck when they discovered the coral encrusted, wreck strewn wonders of the Solomon Islands. Roger and Janita were from Australia and ran an engineering and ship building company in the Solomons. With their combined knowledge they started Bilikiki Cruises and established the Solomon Islands' first liveaboard.

Sam Leeson and Kellie Oldfield have worked for Bilikiki Cruises since 2006, first as managers onboard and more recently in the booking office. Having worked for 7 years as the full time onboard managers they can answer all of your questions regarding the MV Bilikiki and diving in the Solomon Islands. 

The Bilikiki Crew

Most of the Bilikiki's crew have been with us for many years and have an amazing amount of experience between them. Captain Alan, our chief engineer Gerald, chefs Wilson and Alick, bar man John, laundry guy John and Ben the tinny driver have all worked tirelessly for us for at least 10 years. In the office, our Ozzie operations manager Dave, very long time employee Lyndon, Richie and Everlyn keep the whole operation rolling along behind the scenes. We are also fortunate to have Tina and Oli and Pato and Fernando as our onboard manager couples, they work half the season each and have a wealth of experience on liveaboards between them.

Community Involvement

Bilikiki Cruises has always thought it important to have a positive impact on the areas we operate in. We do this in a number of ways from enforcing environmentally sound diving practices to doing everything we can to make sure the local people see benefits from our operation.

Since the very beginning, the company has handed out seeds and then bought back produce from the local villagers. This not only creates a source of income in villages with very little economic activity it also means we get fresh fruit and vegetables during our trips. The variety of seeds we hand out means not only our but also the locals diets are more varied than they would have been.

We are very happy to run annual medical trips with the Loloma Foundation who provide nurses, doctors, dentists and supplies so that Bilikiki can be turned into a floating hospital for a week or two. It is a great opportunity for people in the areas in which we dive to get health care that they would not normally have access to.

Our guests often bring things to hand out in the villages such as school supplies and soccer balls, it can make a big difference to people in villages without much of a cash economy or any shops.  Obviously we can not take too much credit for this but are happy to offer advice on what to bring, drop us an email or check out our Welcome Aboard Notes. If you have spare space in your luggage, or even want to buy things in Honiara, it is a great way to help out.

We also pay to dive on the reefs we visit. Traditionally all land and the adjoining reef are owned by the tribes of the area and controlled by the local chief. Paying to dive means that Bilikiki is always welcome and provides incentives for reef owners to protect their reefs as much as possible. We also visit villages during our trips to see traditional singing and dancing which provides our guests with a great experience and the village with some much needed income and a chance to show off their cultural heritage. The same is true for the carving villages we visit, carving is the main economic activity for many people in Marovo Lagoon and getting the opportunity to buy this hand made art is a highlight for many guests, it is another win for everybody involved!

What our guests say

"I have just returned from a 10 night stay on board the Bilikiki. It was my first trip on the Bilikiki however friends we were with have been 3 or 4 ti... Read More"

Pearl Corker

"Always a great time on the Bilikiki. Spectacular diving, excellent food and an amazing crew. One of the best laid out boats I've been diving on."

Mike Aitken

"Just really, really, really enjoyed our trip!!! We really fell in love with Pato and Fernando. They did an excellent job guiding us! The crew is as go... Read More"

Darlene Myers

"The trip of a lifetime! Impeccable crew, perfect organization, beautiful landscapes under and above water, new friends, incredible wildlife. My eyes a... Read More"

Stephanie Loubat

"Second time and still finding new sights to see! Wonderful trip well worth the effort....."

Reed Nescher

"I can't think of a better way to spend 12 days than on board Bilikiki. It is absolutely spectacular diving amongst healthy corals, colorful fishes, st... Read More"

Karen Doby

"If I could rate them 6 stars I would!!! Amazing boat, crew, food and diving."

Brett Lobwein

"Just got back from a 10 day trip on Bilikiki with Tina and Oli. The whole Bilikiki team made our trip a memorable one, despite the temperamental weath... Read More"

Jonathan Rose

"My bucket list trip. Outstanding crew and service. Superb diving. Stable and comfortable vessel and accommodations. The chefs do a marvellous job, eve... Read More"

Fred Catella

"Bilikiki is much more than a great dive boat with a fantastic crew sailing the remote Solomon Islands and discovering new and beautiful dive sites; it... Read More"

Thane Kreiner

"I have been on many Bilikiki trips over the past eight years, and I will keep going back again and again. I’ve dived in more than 15 countries and h... Read More"

Joanna O'Shea

"I did my 1000th dive on my second trip on the Bilikiki. Last time was in 2005 and then I thought it was the best liveaboard I had been on. It still is... Read More"

Alex Davids

"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 cr... Read More"

Lauren Thomas