Solomon Islands June/July 2024

Solomon Islands June/July 2024

Solomon Islands June 2024

Visit the Remote & Pristine Coral Reefs of the Solomon Islands

11 & 10 night trips aboard the Bilikiki

Join Richard and Wendy’s ‘Our Beloved Seas’ expeditions in the most easterly corner of the Coral Triangle

Solomon Islands

Remote and Pristine Coral Triangle Reefs
11-22nd June 2024

Spaces available – Contact me to join us!

22nd June – 2nd July 2024

Spaces Available – Contact me for details

The reefs of the Solomon Islands fall within the fabled ‘Coral Triangle’, which comprises six countries including parts of Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.  The further you stray from these reefs, the fewer the number of species they accommodate. Several new species have been described recently from its reefs such as Burt’s Damselfish (Chrysiptera burtjonesi), Lynn’s Pipefish (Festucalex rufus) and Marinda’s Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus marinda). Richard has joined Bilikiki on four previous trips and knows the reefs well and is excited to see what other species we are able to find.

 

 

TRIP ONE – 11 nights

Trip start: 11th June 2024

Trip end: 22nd June 2024

Prices start from: US$ 6680

Availability: Spaces Available

Depart from: Honiara

Return to: Honiara

TRIP TWO – 10 nights

Trip start: 22nd June 2024

Trip end: 2nd July 2024

Prices start from: US$ 6100

Availability: Spaces Available

Depart from: Honiara

Return to: Honiara

 

 

 

The Solomon Islands has an amazing array of varied, rarely visited dive sites. Bilikiki Cruises does not have a fixed itinerary for dive sites but goes to the best spots possible for the conditions and the interests of our guests.
We will likely visit the Russell Islands, Mary Island and the Florida Islands to dive the stunning reefs of these areas. We also visit a village to see custom singing and dancing and to see traditional life.
We also visit the Marovo Lagoon area of the Western Province. We will also plan to stop at other villages to see the famous wood carvings of the area. Here you will have to chance to see and buy hand made carvings and other amazing traditionally made items. Village visits are arranged during the surface intervals so as not to effect the number of dives offered per day.  
The Solomon Islands is known for amazing coral reefs as well as bountiful World War II wrecks.

 

 

In 1989 MV Bilikiki sailed as the first full service luxury live aboard dive vessel in the Solomon Islands. She is a large, stable, comfortable vessel and consistently rated one of the best live aboards in the world.
 
MV Bilikiki has 10 deluxe cabins, eight with a double bed and single bunk and two with twin single beds and no bunk (cabins #1 & 2). All cabins are air conditioned and have their own en-suite. There is a large sundeck, comfortable lounge and camera area and spacious dive deck. 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.

Food & Beverages

Diving

Land tours

Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith

Transfers from Honiara Airport

 

Prices start from $6100 per person

 

AMAZING! Richard is able to make scientific talks hugely entertaining . I learnt so much, and every dive after the talks I found myself on the hunt for the new critters I had just learnt all about. Brilliant!

Madeleine

Australia

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The talks enhance the diving experience and encourage new interest outside the obviously spectacular! Friendly, approachable organisation

Martin

United Kingdom

Lembeh Strait 2025

Lembeh Strait 2025

Lembeh Strait 2025

Amazing behaviours and rare species with the experts

9 nights, 10 days at the luxurious Lembeh Resort

Join Richard & Wendy of Our Beloved Seas to explore the lush muck magic of Lembeh Strait and its curious creatures

Lembeh Resort

The world’s best muck diving at its most luxurious resort
Dates TBC 2025 *(Rescheduled 2022)

Limited availability, please message us for waitlist

Lembeh Strait is world renowned for the profusion of unusual organisms that make it their home.  Many new species have been found here, and these will definitely be on our search-list.  In addition, it is a great place for photographers to practice their animal behaviour photography.  It is a wonderland for critter hunters, with Ambon scorpionfish, hairy frogfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, wunderpus, mimic octopus and many more commonly seen.  Join the experts to help find these critters!

Trip start: TBC 2025

Trip end: TBC 2025

Prices start from: US$ 2785 pp

Availability: Deluxe Ocean View Cottages and Garden View Rooms Available

Depart & Return from: Manado

Lembeh Resort is nestled away in a private cove with a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in a central part of Lembeh Island. The secluded location of the resort ensures a quiet and tranquil experience, while the warm-hearted team offer service with a smile to make certain that your experience of Lembeh will be the best that it possibly can be. You will discover that despite of the seclusion on a tropical island in North Sulawesi you will not have to give up the comforts of a luxury ocean front resort. Our cottages are charming, spacious and comfortable with a wealth of modern amenities.

The Lembeh Strait is widely recognised by marine biologists as having the Worlds highest concentration of rare and unusual marine life. The practice of Muck-Diving, also known as Critter-Diving, began in Lembeh Strait in the mid nineties when marine biologists started to explore the black sand slopes of Lembeh Strait to identify the amazing diversity of animals that inhabit the underwater realm of Lembeh Strait. Today, 20 years later, divers who enjoy both macro as well as wide-angle underwater photography travel from all over the world to experience this magical place in North Sulawesi.

Perched slightly above the beautiful waters of Lembeh Strait and surrounded by lush tropical gardens Lembeh Resort was built to inconspicuously blend into the natural landscape. Westerly views of ancient extinct volcanoes and spectacular sunsets await you. Experience the warm hospitality, tropical beauty and unique wonders of our home, Lembeh Resort. We are committed to delivering North Sulawesi hospitality at its best and making our guests’ stay enjoyable and memorable both above and below the water. With a 4:1 staff ratio to ensure a high level of service, our team looks forward to welcoming you to Lembeh Resort soon.

Inclusions:
– 9 Nights Accommodation in the selected type
– 22 Guided Boat Dives with air
– Unlimited Complimentary Self-Guided House Reef Dives with AIR 
– Arrival airport escort service (upon exiting terminal) 
– Round Trip Transfers 
– All meals & snacks; free-flow drinking water, coffee & tea; taxes and Free Wi-Fi

Exclusions:
Nitrox $187 for 22 dives
Airfares, both domestic and international
Alcoholic and a la carte beverages

Prices start from $2785 per person

AMAZING! Richard is able to make scientific talks hugely entertaining . I learnt so much, and every dive after the talks I found myself on the hunt for the new critters I had just learnt all about. Brilliant!

Madeleine

Australia

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The talks enhance the diving experience and encourage new interest outside the obviously spectacular! Friendly, approachable organisation

Martin

United Kingdom

Raja Ampat 2025

Raja Ampat 2025

Raja Ampat 2025

Visit Indonesia’s extraordinary Raja Ampat Islands

11 nights, 12 days aboard the luxurious Dewi Nusantara

Join Richard & Wendy on this ‘Our Beloved Seas‘ expedition and hunt for rare and unusual animals with the experts

Raja Ampat

Sorong is the start and end point of this trip

Dates TBC 2025 (rescheduled from 2022) 

Spaces Available

This trip is immediately followed by 10 nights at Lembeh Resort, please enquire if interested

We were very happy to be able to visit Raja Ampat again and explore this wonderful region. Although it has become well known, and often dived, there are many new discoveries by the team on a regular basis. Who knows what we might find next!

Trip start: TBC 2025

Trip end: TBC 2025

Prices start from: US$ 6999

Availability: Spaces Available

Depart from: Sorong, West Papua

Return to: Sorong, West Papua

We begin the trip in Sorong and will explore the stunning Raja Ampat region.  After the trip, we will spend another 10 days at Lembeh Resort which can be either in combination with this trip or as a stand alone trip.  Please contact us for details.

LIVING ABOARD

Living aboard Dewi Nusantara is as close to a five star experience as is possible in the faraway corners of the Indonesian archipelago.

With an overall length of 57 meters, our three masted topsail schooner moves with a grace and stability that only larger sailing vessels can offer. 2000 square meters of sail are complemented by two 500 horsepower marine engines and two desalinators that each produce 5000 liters of fresh water per day. We purposely designed the Goddess of the Archipelago to be totally independent for long periods at sea while offering unparalleled comfort. There are eight spacious air-conditioned staterooms, that can be adapted to either twin or double use, each with its own en suite bathroom. The master and commanders’ cabin aft is the size of a large hotel suite.

While you experience the romance of a bygone area you will be able to indulge in the sheer luxury of finding lots of space everywhere you go from bow to stern. There is a huge lounge and the dining facilities are those of a superb restaurant.

With her state of the art diving equipment Dewi Nusantara has become the ultimate live-aboard diving platform in Indonesia. Her discreet and attentive Indonesian crew of 18 is complemented by one cruise director and four dive-masters who all have a long experience in the area.

Inclusions:
Food & Beverages
Diving
Marine life talks by Dr Richard Smith
Airport transfers to meet Dewi

Exclusions:
Port & Harbour Fees
Long Distance Fees
Airfares, both domestic and international
Spirits and wine (one serve of wine is provided with dinner)

Prices start from $6999 per person

AMAZING! Richard is able to make scientific talks hugely entertaining . I learnt so much, and every dive after the talks I found myself on the hunt for the new critters I had just learnt all about. Brilliant!

Madeleine

Australia

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The talks enhance the diving experience and encourage new interest outside the obviously spectacular! Friendly, approachable organisation

Martin

United Kingdom