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MV Bilikiki

Bilikiki is a large boat that has been converted into a liveaboard and is often ranked as one of the best liveaboards in the world. The boat was the first liveaboard in the Solomons, which started running as early as 1989. The name Bilikiki comes from one of the island's most special birds, "Beach Thick Knee", or as the locals call it - the Bilikiki bird. MV Bilikiki has 10 cabins in total, eight with double beds and one single bed (bunk) and two with two single beds All cabins are air-conditioned and have their own en suite. There is a large sun deck, comfortable lounge and camera area and a spacious dive deck. The size and hull built for the South Pacific seas are two main reasons why guests from all over the world still say that "Bilikiki" is one of the most spacious and comfortable ships they have traveled on. The crew is very experienced and almost everyone on board has worked for at least 10 years and it is everyone from captain to kitchen staff and dive guides.

Bilikiki Cruises works very close with the population and wants a positive cooperation with the people of the country. This is done in a number of ways and some completely unique, from implementing environmentally-friendly diving practices to doing everything they can to ensure that the local people see the benefits of the liveaboard. Since it began with liveboards, the company has distributed seeds from vegetables, fruits and root vegetables and then bought back products from the local villagers. This not only creates a source of income in villages with very little economic activity, it also means that on board they always have fresh fruits and vegetables during the travels. The amount of seeds they distribute not only means ours but also the local population's diets are more diverse than they would have been otherwise.

In addition, they collaborate with the Loloma Foundation, which provides nurses, doctors, dentists and supplies so that Bilikiki can be transformed into a floating hospital for a week or two each year. It is a great opportunity for people in the areas where we dive to receive care that they would normally not have access to.

Many guests often bring things to hand out in the villages such as school supplies and footballs, it can make a big difference for people in villages without much cash or shops. The liveaboard is happy to give advice on what you can bring if you have free space in your luggage, or want to buy things in Honiara, it is a good way to help. All diving is also paid for to dive on the reefs you visit.
Traditionally, all land and the adjacent reef are owned by the tribes in the area and controlled by the local manager.
Paying for diving means that Bilikiki is always welcome and provides incentives for the reefs to protect their reefs as much as possible. You also visit villages during your travels to see traditional singing and dancing which gives you and the other guests a fantastic experience and the village with little demand income and a chance to showcase their cultural heritage. The same goes for the carving villages you visit, carving is the most important economic activity for many people in Marovo Lagoon and getting the opportunity to buy this handmade art is a highlight for many guests, it is a win for everyone involved!

Technical Specifications:

  • Length: 38 m
  • Beam: 7 m
  • Cabins: 10
  • Building material: Steel
  • Guests: 20
  • Cruise speed: 7-8 knop
  • Guids: 2-3
  • Nitrox: Yes
  • Charging station: Yes
  • Tenders: 2

Hytter tillgängliga ombord

Twin cabin

A total of 10 cabins with double beds and 8 also have a single bed (floor), all with private ensuite, air conditioning, wardrobe

What is included in a liveaboard package?

  • Return transfers airport to liveaboard
  • 7 - 10 nights in shared double cabin with private ensuite
  • All meals, coffee, tea, water, other drinks at surcharge
  • 4 dives per day + 1 night dive with guide
  • 12L tanks, weights and weightbelt
  • Nitrox at surcharge

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