June 8-18, 2019 Trip Report

Another amazing 10 days have passed and Bilikiki is back in Honiara after a lovely trip. This time our 17 guests came from the USA, the UK and Australia, for almost all of them the Solomons was new dive territory.

We started in the Russells and everyone fell in love with the incredible coral gardens and their plentiful inhabitants. We saw quite a few cuttlefish displaying their colours, some sharks, nudibranchs and orang-utan crabs. Mary island did not disappoint either with a massive school of chevron barracudas and big bumphead parrot fish, plus the elusive flame angel darting in and out of the coral. In Marovo we spotted two manta rays cruising at Toatolave, which was the subject of many lunch conversations!

The village visits to the wood carvers impressed everyone and the welcoming people of Karumolun put on their usual brilliant performance of traditional singing and dancing, accompanied by their panpipes. There was something for everyone - four different species of sharks, mobula, manta and eagle ray, turtles and many kinds of critters all the way down to pygmy seahorses. We dived walls, cuts, canyons, coral gardens, sandy slopes, mangroves, ship and plane wrecks and the dump site at White Beach - there was a lot of variety!

A beautiful trip comes to an end and our thanks go out to all our guests for making it such a great trip and to the always hard working Bilikiki crew for making it all happen.

Thank you, with best fishes
Tina & Oli

A group shot of all the scuba divers onboard the liveaboard Bilikiki

Barracudas at Mary Island while scuba diving in the Solomon Islands

A WW2 truck at White Beach in the Solomon Islands

Posted by Sam and Kellie on June 18, 2019

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