BILIKIKI I JAN - JUN 2021 I SOLOMON ISLANDS I 10 NIGHTS

BILIKIKI I JAN - JUN 2021 I SOLOMON ISLANDS I 10 NIGHTS
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Roomy and stable. En-suite cabins with A/C. Excellent buffet meals and snacks. Alcohol available. Dive from skiffs, 2 Dive Professionals. Nitrox. Camera Room. Land excursions



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 32 - 34 Dives
  • Languages spoken English, French
  • Explore the Solomon Islands with its exquisite diving, truly one of the last diving frontiers
  • Florida Island, Russell Island and Marovo Lagoon
  • Pristine coral reefs and an unparalleled variety of marine life.
  • Sharks, mantas, dolphins, turtles and barracuda
  • Walls, bommies, coral gardens, shipwrecks, dumpsites, macro sites, wide angle
  • Unlimited Diving
  • Free 15 litre tanks
  • Excellent comfort and privacy with spacious relaxation areas.
  • Spacious dive deck with carpeted camera table
  • Two large skiffs for pick ups and tours.
  • Comfortable cabins have private en-suite
  • Fishing, stand-up paddle boards

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from skiffs
  • Camera Room. Battery Charging Station. Fish Id And Diving Books. Spacious Dive Deck
  • Tanks With Din Valves. Din/Int Adapters. 15L Tanks Available. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($)
  • Air-Conditioning. Lounge/TV Area. US Power Sockets. Power Socket Adapters
  • Snorkelling. Stand-Up Paddling. Fishing. Land Excursions
  • Buffet, Vegetarian Food, selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, and coffee
  • Alcohol – available to purchase on board
  • Payment on board - Visa, Mastercard, Personal Checks, Cash
  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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Departure: 16/03/2021
Arrival: 26/03/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 14
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Honiara - Honiara
Departure: 22/05/2021
Arrival: 01/06/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 14
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Honiara - Honiara
Departure: 01/06/2021
Arrival: 11/06/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 14
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Honiara - Honiara
Departure: 15/06/2021
Arrival: 25/06/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 14
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Honiara - Honiara
Departure: 26/06/2021
Arrival: 06/07/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 14
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Honiara - Honiara
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16/03/2021 26/03/2021 10 nights 14 Honiara - Honiara
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01/06/2021 11/06/2021 10 nights 14 Honiara - Honiara
15/06/2021 25/06/2021 10 nights 14 Honiara - Honiara
26/06/2021 06/07/2021 10 nights 14 Honiara - Honiara

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OUR BOAT

In 1989 MV Bilikiki sailed as the first full service luxury live aboard dive vessel in the Solomon Islands. The 38 meters long Bilikiki was the first all-inclusive liveaboard of the Solomon Islands. It is still reviewed today as one of the best liveaboards world-wide. Built specifically for the South Pacific cruise diving conditions, the Bilikiki offers safety and stability, her large size and a hull that was built for South Pacific seas are two main reasons why guests from around the world still say that "the Bilikiki" is one of the most spacious and comfortable vessels that they have travelled on. The Bilikiki’s best features remain the ones related to Scuba Diving, just the same priority as it was in 1989 when she sailed as the first full service luxury live aboard dive vessel in the Solomon Islands.

OUR CABINS

The Bilikiki boasts 10 comfortable deluxe cabins. Every cabin has air-conditioning as well as its own en-suite bathroom. More specifically, eight cabins are fitted with a Double lower bed and a Single top bunk. The two remaining cabins have Twin beds with no bunk. Shampoo and soap are provided in all the cabins and also in the dive deck showers. We also have 5 hairdryers onboard if you require one for the trip please ask the managers onboard and they will provide one for you.

Power throughout the ship is 240 V 50 cycle, using Australia style 3-prong outlets. There are also plenty of American style 110 V 60 cycle outlets for charging cameras, strobes, dive lights, etc. These outlets are only for charging purposes so if you intend to use hairdryers, shavers, etc. you will need to bring adapters.

AMENITIES

Described as one of the most stable and most spacious liveaboard, the Bilikiki comes with a great reputation. The Dining Area features more than enough space and the same applies to the Lounge Area. Indeed, the Lounge and Bar areas are comfortably furnished and allow great relaxation moments. The Salon is all set with a large LCD television, including USB port to connect your camera, as well as a multi-format video system.

FOOD ON BOARD

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables and local cuisine including fish, beef, pork and chicken. If you have any special dietary restrictions, please be sure these are noted when completing your on-line GIS (Guest Information System) form. All meals are served buffet-style. You will awaken to coffee or tea, fresh fruit, hot breakfast entrees and fruit juice. Lunches feature homemade hot soups, hearty entrees and fresh fruit. Dinners include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef, pork or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Once onboard, please speak to the chef about any special needs. Please also note that some special dietary requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.

The boat’s selection of drinks includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea and coffee. Alcohol can be purchased onboard. Due to local regulations alcohol will not be served while the boat is in port. Drinking and snorkelling/scuba diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you are invited to enjoy the vessels hospitality for the rest of the day.

OTHER ACTIVITIES WHILST ONBOARD MV BILIKIKI

At least once on every trip the Bilikiki arrange a village visit. You'll have a chance to meet the Islanders, see and purchase carvings and baskets and visit their schools and churches. If we're anchored off a village the Islanders will come out in their canoes to market produce and carvings, or just watch what's going on. The children are a real delight, they are naturals in the water swimming or in their dugout canoes.

If you like fishing, the crew will gladly take you out for some early morning or evening hand-lining for tuna and other pelagics. Plan on having your catch for sashimi that evening. The Bilikiki also carries a Stand-up Paddle Board for guests to use.

DELUXE CABIN WITH SINGLE BEDS

Cabin with single beds. Every cabin has air-conditioning as well as its own en-suite bathroom. Shampoo and soap provided in all the cabins and also on the dive deck showers. We also have 5 hairdryers onboard

  • Size:  7 m²
  • Beds:  2 Twin
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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DELUXE CABIN WITH A DOUBLE BED AND A SINGLE BUNK

Full double bed and a single bunk bed above. Every cabin has air-conditioning as well as its own en-suite bathroom. Shampoo and soap provided in all the cabins and also on the dive deck showers. We also have 5 hairdryers onboard.

  • Size:  7 m²
  • Beds:  1 Double and 1 single bunk above
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Honiara and ends in Honiara
  • The closest airport is Honiara International (HIR)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • All passengers will be met at Honiara Airport by Bilikiki Cruises’ staff and transferred to the ship or or to your hotel if staying on shore prior to the sailing date
  • You can check in on the boat as of 16:00
  • The boat departs Honiara at around 18:00 on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with Australian power sockets (240v) in the cabins however there is a charging room with 110v power with American style power sockets as well as 240v power sockets which fit most plugs. Adapters are on board
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash (USD), Cash
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap and shampoo are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Honiara around 08:00 on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is in the morning on the last day.
  • Bilikiki Cruise staff will transfer you to the airport or to your hotel if you are staying on in Honiara

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Please contact your ticket provider for up-to-date information regarding luggage allowance for your flights to the Solomon Islands. Substantial overweight charges will apply to baggage in excess of allowances set by the airlines so plan and pack carefully
  • On the day the trip sails there are flights arriving throughout the day and we generally transfer guests to the Mendana hotel where they can relax and have a cool drink or perhaps have a look around town before boarding the vessel
  • If your flight is within the next three days Bilikiki staff will transfer you to the airport from your hotel for your flight out. If staying in Honiara longer than three nights you will need to make your own transfer arrangements to the airport.

GENERAL INFORMATION

SOLOMON ISLANDS (HONIARA - HONIARA) 7 NIGHTS

  • Approx. 20 - 23 dives
  • Exploring the Solomon Islands on a liveaboard dive boat is ideal as the region is an unspoiled wonderland.
  • Wreck diving due to the region's role during World War II include The Ann in the Russell Islands (a more recent wreck, not W.W.II) and Japanese transports in Marovo Lagoon
  • The Solomon Islands offered both large and small creatures, structures to swim through, deep and shallow diving, hard and soft coral
  • Stunning nudibranchs and hammerhead sharks on the same dive.
  • Opportunities for excursions to experience island scenery and local life, such as hikes and visits to local villages where divers were able to buy or trade for wood carvings and other crafts
  • We offer unlimited diving, with the dive day built around five daily dives

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Boarding time on the first day is normally around 4 - 5 PM. Welcome briefing and orientation of the vessel, before setting sail. Dinner on board.
  • MV Bilikiki do not have set itineraries.

DIVE SITES

  • There are so many dive sites in each area that we are able to go where the best diving is at any given time, and also cater to the type of diving that the guests on board prefer. In all cases rest assured that you will be offered the best diving available at the time.
  • Solomon Islands consists of hundreds of islands and groups of islands.
  • There are 3 main island groups that we dive: Florida Islands, Russell Islands, and Marovo Lagoon in the New Georgia Group. Each of these island groups consists of dozens of islands and a vast array of dive sites.
  • We also dive an isolated island known as Mary Island. Our 7 night trips will generally dive Florida Islands, Russell Islands and Mary Island, while 14 night and longer trips will also travel to Marovo Lagoon. 10 night trips may or may not go to Marovo depending on conditions.
  • Marine Life: The Solomon Island waters are very nutrient rich, and they support the entire food chain from microscopic creatures to major predators. You'll have a good opportunity to see a variety of sharks, mantas, dolphins, and turtles, and barracuda in uncountable numbers. In shallower waters you'll see almost every tropical creature imaginable, and some that will stretch your imagination. Cuttlefish, octopus, schooling lion fish, and amazing numbers and varieties of anemone fish, not to mention amazing varieties of anemones.
  • You'll see more varieties of coral than almost anywhere, and all this in 82 - 85ºF waters.

LAST DAY

  • Check out early morning after breakfast - around 08.00.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Dive guides
  • Airport and local hotel transfer (in Honiara) to/from the boat within 3 days of the trip
  • Unlimited dives
  • Rental equipment 15 Liter tanks

NOT INCLUDED

  • Tax: (USD 25 per night)
  • Nitrox (20 USD per diving day)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Rental equipment full set 270 USD per trip
  • Soft drinks, local beer & wine, alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 20% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 90 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 90 days prior to arrival

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

    BEFORE TRAVELLING

    • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
    • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
    • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
    • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
    • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
    • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
    • All divers must provide their diving certification card
    • Diving computers are compulsory
    • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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