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Jul 13

Diving the Solomon Islands aboard MV Bilikiki

Diving trip aboard Bilikiki in the Solomon Islands.

Diving trip aboard MV Bilikiki in the Solomon Islands.

We just returned from a fantastic dive trip aboard the MV Bilikiki, based out of Honiara in the Solomon Islands. A great break from the NZ winter to enjoy amazing diving in 28 degree celcius waters.

Richard cruising the reefs on his Hollis Explorer rebreather.

Richard cruising the reefs on his Hollis Explorer rebreather.

It was my first time returning after 10 years, when I used to work aboard the Bilikiki, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that nothing much had changed. In fact the boat was in tip top condition under the new owners, Sam and Kellie, and the dive sites as pristine as ever…amazing hard and soft corals, big schools of fish, wall dives, caves and swim throughs, WWII wrecks and topped off with manta rays and a salt water crocodile encounter !

Diving the Mavis Seaplane wreck at 30m.

Diving the Mavis Seaplane wreck at 30m.

The daily routine on board consisted of breakfast, dive, morning tea, dive, lunch, dive, afternoon tea, dive, dinner, night dive…collapse in to bed. The food was plentiful and to a very high standard and the cabins were comforatble, all air-conditioned with ensuites. A big thanks to the crew who looked after us so well and for catering for the rebreather divers.Congratulations to Richard Chitty on completing his PADI Hollis Rebreather instructor course and Vanessa on her PADI Advanced course during the trip.

Manta Rays at Devils Alley dive site.

Manta Rays at Devils Alley dive site.

We had the pleasure of visiting Karamaloun Village, in the Russel Island group and they welcomed us with custom dancers, singing and a tour of their village.

Custom dancing at Karamaloun Billage.

Custom dancing at Karamaloun Village.

A few of the group joined Tulagi Dive after the liveaboard trip and made the 60-70m dive on the Aaron Ward WWII ship wreck…but it is so big and deep that one dive is not enough and we have to go back :) !

Stay tuned as we are looking at securing dates for a return visit in 2018.

Check out this web page for more information:
http://kiwiscubadivers.co.nz/dive-trip-solomon-islands

 

For more photos view our trip Photo Gallery:

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