December 19, 2017-January 2, 2018
Bilikiki has finished the 2017 season with a beautiful 14 day trip around the Solomons. We were joined by 20 guests from 7 different nationalities to dive together, spend Christmas and New Years in a different style and meet the local villagers along the way. We also had ex-manager and Bilikiki favourite Sonia Goggel on board bringing some extra festive cheer.
We were blessed with extremely good weather and dive conditions which allowed us to visit even the more remote and exposed sites during this trip. The highlights were too numerous to mention but incuded the silvertip sharks at Penguin Reef, the impressive Rapichana Cut with its deep tunnel leading to the sheer wall outside, the huge schools of jacks and barracudas at Mary Island and the school of 15 bump heads and amazing coral at Kicha. The caves at Mbulo gave stunning photo opportunities with the light entering like laser beams and the flashlight fish impressed even some of our repeat guests during the night dive at Mbulo Canyons. A pretty rare sight (for the Solomons) was the beautiful frogfish on one of the Bonegi wrecks which got everyone super excited. There was also a playful manta ray that joined us during our safety stop in Sambulo! And of course we had "critters galore" along the way, nudibranchs, mantis shrimps, octopus and cuttlefish, pipefish, devil stingers, juvenile batfish - there were too many to list them all!
Once again the village of Karumolun gave us a performance to remember with singing, dancing and the incredible panpipe music. In the end, all of the guests joined in to sing and dance with the villagers - smiling faces all round!
We would like to thank all our guests for joining us on this wonderful trip and hope to see you again! A very big thank you also goes to the fabulous Bilikiki crew for all their hard work not only on this trip but throughout the 2017 season!
We are looking forward to diving with you in 2018 - Happy New Year from all of us here on the Bilikiki.
With best fishes
Tina & Oli
All underwater shots are from Heather Keith