The Solomons offer a fantastic array of diving and the ultimate way to see it all is on-board the liveaboard dive vessels “M.V Bilikiki”, operating 1 week and 10-14 days cruises from Honiara. Bilikiki Cruises is the Solomons most prestigious dive operation and her vessels are the most comfortable and luxurious way to do your diving.
The Diving with Bilikiki Cruises on a Liveaboard
The Russell Islands offer virtually unlimited diving possibilities with a wide variety of sites. A typical one week charter offering five dives a day only begins to touch on this. The walls, reefs, pinnacles and coral gardens of Solomon Islands support an amazing variety and quantity of sea creatures. The varieties of fish are staggering. Within a few meters of each other, individually or in schools can be seen anemone fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, humphead parrot fish and other reef dwellers while just a short distance away schools of barracuda, big-eye trevally and other pelagics cruise in the blue waters.
Popular with underwater photographers and those with a keen eye for the small and unusual critters are "muck dives". The amount and variety of sealife is astounding. Manta shrimp, ghost pipefish, and pygmy seahorses are only a few examples of what you may find.
The following, although by no means comprehensive, is a list of several of favourite dive spots which demonstrates the diversity and types of diving.
Fonagho Island: Drop down to 30 metres on the point at the end of the island and watch the underwater world go by. Sharks, jacks, barracuda, dog-tooth tuna and a host of other pelagics make this point their home. Follow the point back up to the shallows where nestled in the untouched coral are two giant clams.
Koemurun Island: A wall dive offering spectacular giant multicoloured Gorgonia sea fans. A
relaxing drift dive, this wall starts right on the surface and ends in unimaginable depths, allowing each diver to enjoy the wall at their own comfort level.
Lever Dump/White Reach/Yandina: These three sites were formed when at the end of WWII masses of American equipment was driven into the sea. Jeeps, trucks, bulldozers, barges, tonnes of ammunition of all sizes and other military paraphernalia make these dive sites unique.
Leru Cut: A cut into the side of Leru Island extends back over 100 metres into the island. The white sand bottom reflects light beautifully making it ideal for photographers. At the end of the cut, surface and behold the steep cliffs which extend high above the water on both sides with the
encroaching jungle overhanging.
Custom Cave: This unique formation is another ideal challenge for photographers. Shafts of sunlight penetrate through the jungle and enter through a hole into the magical cavern. In days past, Solomon Islands’ tribes worshipped here.
Mane Island: A wall dive typical of Solomon Islands diversity in both invertebrate and pelagic forms. At the end of the dive do your safety stop in a coral garden, claimed by experienced divers as the best in the world.
The “Wreck of the Anne”: A freighter sunk several years ago, it sits upright with its stern in 12 metres and her bow in 36 metres. This wreck is an ideal night dive spot and macro-fanatics will find themselves in macro heaven.
Sililoma Reef: A patch reef rising to within three metres of the surface, plummeting down on all sides. A pinnacle in the sea, it attracts masses of fish and marine life of all types.
Sukulufat Point: Recently discovered, this point extends out into Sunlight Channel and is home to many large pelagic varieties such as pompano, dog-tooth tuna, eagle rays and several species of shark. To end your dive come back up the wall and drift along in the current while watching the incredible diversity of marine life.