October 1-15, 2022 trip report

Bilikiki has come back from another 14 day trip with 13 guests from the US and NZ....and what a trip it was! Starting off on Guadalcanal with some diving into history at the two Japanese wrecks at Bonegi Beach. We then continued to the Florida Islands where the diving was delightful! Diving Devil's Highway was already a big highlight right at the beginning of the trip. Seeing mantas rays feeding was definitely a good omen for what was about to come!

We had clear skies for Leru Cut and coral gardens of Mirror Pond and great spawning moments at sunset time at Mane Point. We spent a day at Mary Island and all of the fish there then headed to Marovo Lagoon where we were welcomed by three orcas early in the morning. An amazing way for Fernando to start his birthday!! Like every trip, Kicha and Mbulo Caves were a hit! Who can resist them? We also did carving markets, some with traditional dancing included, and got fresh veggies at the markets. Veggies on Bilikiki come from the village gardens directly to our plates!

After a few days in Marovo Lagoon we came back to the Russell Islands and our guests enjoyed a lot the diving at Rainbow Reef and around Karumolun Island. Those beautiful coral gardens and the amount of fish life was just breathtaking! Our guests also really enjoyed spending an afternoon at White Beach, it’s WW2 history, macro life and mangroves made the diving there great! The peaceful anchorage site was perfect for an incredible sunset too.

During these 14 days we encountered a great variety of marine life with different kinds of sharks, manta rays, mobula rays, eagle rays, barracudas, big eye jacks, bumphead parrotfish, midnight snappers, schools of spadefish and many others! It seemed like because of the full moon fish were going crazy spawning in almost every dive and that was an interesting show! For the macro lovers we were also lucky: thin robust ghost pipefish, velvet ghost pipefish, juvenile ribbon eels, soft coral crabs, soft coral cowries, orangutan crabs, nudis, flatworms, bobtail squid and cuttlefish amongst many other things.

These 14 days were fun and went by really fast! Thank you very much everyone for joining us onboard! It was such a great trip! We wish you safe travels and look forward to having you back on board soon.

And we would also like to thank our Incredible Crew, as always, for all their hard work, diligent help and caring attention.
Happy bubbles everyone!
Pato and Fernando

Photos below thanks to Frank Baensch who was onboard this trip

Orcas Solomon Islands with Bilikiki Cruises

Coral reef scene in the Solomon Islands by Frank Baensch

Fish face in the Solomon Islands by Frank Baensch

Posted by Sam and Kellie on October 15, 2022

What our guests say

"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

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

Brett Lobwein

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Stephanie Loubat

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Pearl Corker

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Lauren Thomas

"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

"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

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

Reed Nescher

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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