Solomon Islands - M/V Bilikiki Liveaboard

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 - Friday, Apr 14, 2017 (1 week 3 days)
Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
19 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Inquire at trips@REEF.org

This will be REEF’s inaugural trip to the Solomon Islands, an archipelago of 992 tropical islands and atolls, situated in the South Pacific between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. This 10-day charter on the Bilikiki Liveaboard will provide opportunities to visit and dive remote areas such as the Florida Islands, Russell Islands, Mborukua Island, and Marovo Lagoon, the largest saltwater lagoon in the world! The waters of the Solomons contain thousands of different marine life species, and provide spawning grounds and migratory routes for 1,000 reef fish species, dolphins, rays, sharks, and six of the world's seven sea turtle species. The remarkable biodiversity of the Solomons makes the Islands an excellent place for fish surveyors of all levels to add exciting new species to their life list of sightings. Participants will travel in and among the Islands while aboard the Bilikiki, and will also have opportunities to meet the friendly people of the Solomon Islands, while experiencing exotic local customs and traditions.

Manta Rays in the Solomon Islands. Photo courtesy Tanya G. Burnett.

Cost Per Person: $5,200 for double occupancy in a deluxe cabin. 

What is included: Your package includes 10 nights in a shared deluxe, air-conditioned accommodation with private bathroom, unlimited diving, round trip airport or hotel transfers, all meals and snacks onboard, tanks, weights and weight belts. Please note that dive evacuation insurance is mandatory for every participant on this trip.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $350 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. $25/night onboard tax ($250 per person total) tax will added to the final payment balance. Bar drinks and personal purchases not included in package price. Optional nitrox is available for $20 per diving day.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $1,000 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly into Honiara International Airport (HIR) in the Solomon Islands, arriving on or before April 4. Hotel or airport transfers to the ship are included in the package. Participants may board the ship at 4pm on April 4, and will disembark at 8am on April 14. If you require an overnight in Honiara before or after the trip, rooms at Mendana Hotel are approximately $220 per night and may be booked by contacting the hotel directly.

The M/V Bilikiki. Photo credit: Jo O’Shea.

 A juvenile batfish among seagrass. Photo credit: Bilikiki

A floating market, one of many great cultural experiences in the Islands.

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