Our Trip, Our Vessel and The Nation of the Solomon Islands
Join me, Greg Piper, as I take you on the dive trip of a lifetime aboard the Bilikiki to the land where time stand still: The Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands are an island nation located in the southwest pacific, 1,500 miles (2,400 km) west of Fiji and 1,200 miles (2,000 km) northeast of Australia. A scattered archipelago of about 1,000 mountainous islands and low-lying coral atolls, the Solomon Islands lie east of Papua New Guinea and northeast of Australia in the South Pacific. The islands include Guadalcanal, Malaita, Santa Isabel, San Cristobal, Choiseul, New Georgia and the Santa Cruz group.
Solomon Islands have some of the most pristine dive sites in the world. Unspoiled and undiscovered, our remote location means there are not many divers to put pressure on the reef and fish.
The Solomon Islands offers caverns, reefs, large sea fans, soft corals, an abundance of macro including a huge diversity of nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse, ghost pipefish and more. The reef is covered in a variety of hard corals home to mandarin fish, eels, and masses of reef fish. Many of the islands are surrounded by deep walls which allow divers to interact with schools of pelagics. The diversity of the Solomon's is hard to beat.
After WWII, the water in between the Florida Islands (Tulagi) and Guadalcanal was renamed to Iron Bottom Sound due to the 200 ships, 690 air crafts and countless landing barges that sunk there during those many months of battle. Wreck diving abounds.
Solomon Islands remains relatively untouched by influences of the modern world. Located on the western fringe of the Pacific, northeast of Australia, the Solomon's are comprised of 992 islands. Rich in culture, this pristine paradise is one of the Pacific's best kept secrets.
Only 147 of the 992 islands are actually inhabited. The estimated population of 560,000 are predominately Melanesian, while some outer islands are home to Polynesians and Micronesians. The local people appear shy but are very friendly. Off the beaten path, village life in the Solomon Islands remains much as it has been for centuries. Through our work in the area, we have relationships with many of the village elders and are often welcomed to bring our guests for a visit.
There is always time to enjoy a game of football with the local children, participate in a welcome ceremony, learn to hand line fish or purchase some local handicrafts.
This trip focuses not only on the diversity that lies beneath the waves but the culture that thrives without western influence above. Join me as we hop island to island daily to engage with the people and traditions of the Solomon Islands. on our trip we will witness native culture and participate in ritual festivities with the tribes of the islands. The crew of the Bilikiki will get fresh foods daily by engaging with locals directly in trade, giving the guest the opportunity to engage with the locals and stimulate their local economies. We will spend time with the local villagers and your will feel the happiness that surrounds this truly magnificent place.
A large part of our trip will indulge you in the history of WWII, from the time we arrive in Guadalcanal you will witness the history of the war as we left it 70 years ago. We will visit WWII sites both above and below the water. The remnants of war are everywhere in the Solomon Islands. During our 14-day trip, we will get the opportunity to dive the Japanese Mavis seaplane, several WWII ships, a B-17 flying fortress, a Japanese submarine, a P38 Lightening and several other wrecks and aircrafts.
This trip is truly amazing and the service and staff of the Bilikiki are second to none. The MV Bilikiki is 125 ft. long and has a 24 ft beam, making it a very large and stable ship designed for South pacific conditions. The ship offers immense sundecks, plenty of covered areas and air-conditioned accommodations.
Bilikiki offers 10 deluxe cabins, 8 with a full double bed and a single above and 2 with twin single beds and no bunk. All cabins have private showers and toilets.
Pricing and Sign up Information
Trip Cost is $8470.00 per person, double occupancy. Includes 13 days of 4 tank diving, night dives, transfer to and from the boat to Honiara International Airport, all meals, shore excursions and entertainment.
For booking inquiries please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Any questions, please call at 1(571) 379-9272
- Visa/Mastercard accepted
- 1/3 Deposit due upon booking and is non-refundable.
- Airfare is not included but can be arranged. (In order to get to the Solomon Islands, you will either fly through Brisbane or Fiji.)
I will be spending some time in Australia and Vanuatu before heading to the Solomon Islands. If diving Vanuatu and Million Dollar Point interests you, let me know and we can arrange that leg of the trip, as well. I look forward to the opportunity to dive with all of you and the chance to share this magical landscape and marine ecosystem with each of you. I hope this finds you smiling with the sun on your face...Welcome to the Solomon Islands, Welcome to The Silence.
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All bookings and payments should be made directly to Kellie at Bilikiki’s office and contact info below, please inform her, or Sam, that you are with Greg Piper’s group traveling on September 19th, 2020 for the 14 day charter. They will take all payments and insure any and all travel questions and special request are taken care of. Thank you all and I look forward to sharing this amazing adventure together.
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Sam Leeson and Kellie Oldfield have been working for Bilikiki Cruise for over 10 years. Having worked for 7 of those years as the full time onboard managers they can answer all of your questions regarding the MV Bilikiki and diving in the Solomon Islands. We look forward to helping you plan your Solomon Islands dive adventure with Bilikiki Cruises.