August 5-19, 2023 trip


Bilikiki has just returned from another 14 days trip! Our guests were from the US and Australia and lead by Lynn Morton! It was such a great pleasure to have them with us again onboard.
The diving and weather conditions were a bit challenging some days, but we did see many great things since the marine life was blooming, from small to big!
For the macro lovers we were happy to see that ghost pipefish are starting to appear and we were delighted with a big yellow one. Robust ghost pipefish were also spotted, together with soft coral crabs, orangutan crabs, whip coral shrimps, porcelain crabs, pygmy sea horses, electric clams, twin spotted gobies, different species of nembrothas and chromodoris nudis, beautiful flatworms and even a dragon seamoth and a tiny sea horse!
It has also been a cephalopod kind of trip, with 7 cuttlefish on one dive and some more on several other dives. Octopus were there too, although very shy, and squids greeted our divers on some of their dives while doing safety stops!
We had the chance to spot several gilded triggerfish at Mary Island with their lovely shiny colours, and also one of our recent favourites: the beautiful oblique-lined dottyback. Another favourite one were the schools of diamond fish in White Beach and Maravaghi Bay! Everyone on this trip loved them: such a cool and beautiful fish!
When it comes to the big fish life, we had schools of big eye jacks, barracudas, white tips, black tips and grey reef sharks, turtles, wahoos, rainbow runners, bumphead parrot fish, marbled rays, several encounters with eagle rays, a devil ray and even a manta ray!
Carving markets, fresh markets and village visits, where we sang and danced with the locals, were also very highly appreciated by our guests and we had great fun walking around Peava Village where we learnt a bit more about the community and their way of living.
We would like thank Lynn Morton for coming back to dive the Solomon Islands with us, together with her guests, who were lovely and very fun!
A big thank you again to our Bilikiki crew since the Bilikiki experience isn't possible without their hard work, kindness and smiles.
We hope we will see you all again, until that time, take care and happy bubbles!
Pato&Fernando
Underwater photos thanks to Brian Scott
Group onboard the Bilikiki in the Solomon Islands

Crocodile fish

Nudi in the Solomon Islands

Posted by Sam and Kellie on August 19, 2023

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

"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 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

"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 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

"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

"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

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

Brett Lobwein

"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

"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

"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

"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