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Bilikiki

Probably one of the best itineraries in South East Asia

For many years recreational divers and dive professionals alike who had been to the Solomon islands had all mentioned the Bilikiki as being their choice. Many had even gone so far to say that the Bilikiki was one of their favourite boats and had one of the best itineraries they had done. Now I can see why people for years had raved about the boat and their very special and unique itinerary.

The Bilikiki has been operating in the Solomon islands since 1989.  The original owners of the Bilikiki had set up a system to support the local villagers by purchasing all their fresh produce from different villages along their route. Aside from helping support the local villages along the way, this also makes for great fun too, especially for guests who enjoy interacting with the local people. The locals are so friendly, a little shy at first though as they all speak English it is very easy to open a conversation in the Solomon islands.

The diving onboard the Bilikiki is a vast mix of reefs, wrecks, walls giant cuts in reefs and a few reefs surrounded by sandy slopes that are great for macro lovers too. There are some incredible wrecks and learning the history of these wrecks onboard also gives so much more appreciation of the Solomon islanders as a nation of welcoming and super friendly people.

The service and food onboard the Bilikiki are also really fantastic from the moment your booking commences all the way. I really enjoyed all the great fresh produce that arrives on each anchorage too!

I would have to say that this trip needs to be on the radar of every diver and should be on the bucket list of each and every discerning diver and/or underwater photographer.

All the images below were taken with Canon S95 point and shoot and topside images with handphone!

Underwater images below taken with Canon S95 in Canon waterproof case, topside images taken with a mobile phone.

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Thanks to all the crew and management of Bilikiki for putting together an incredible trip for us. I will be back for sure…

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Diving 4 Images build customised, highly personalized dive charters throughout Indonesia and beyond. We find the boat and can supply the best dive guides that best suits your needs. Don’t compromise, find out why the professionals use Diving 4 Images when they dive Indonesia and book with us for the trip of a lifetime.  Read More…

Scheduled Trips

Every year we organize a number of unique join-in expeditions diving in our favorite areas. For certain trips we are working with other specialists, whether they are marine life experts, biologists, professional photographers or film makers, our aim I to further enhance your experience. These trips are open to individuals, couples and groups; indeed anyone can join these trips.  Read More…

Critters and Nudibranchs  2012
22 September to 03 October 2012

After the huge success of 2011’s nudibranch hunt we just had to do these back-to-back trips again.  It’s not just nudibranchs of course, when you scour a range of habitats for seas slugs you can be guaranteed to find loads of other critters you would have missed.  If you love nudibranchs and critters this trip is not to be missed. Read more…

Ambon Critters

Ambon Critters
13 March to 23 March 2013

A perfect dive holiday for those wanting to find rare and unusual marine life, go searching for the unknown and even learn some more about the critters you love most. We will be diving from the charming and very well set up Maluku Divers.  Read More…

Triton Bay to Ambon Adventure
19 October to 02 November 2012

This is a real diving adventure with some amazing topside trips.  The trip starts in Triton Bay before moving into the Banda Sea and finishing in the critter rich, black sands of Ambon.  There is a real variety of diving on offer with amazing reefs, plenty of rich fish-life and some world-class critter action.  Read more…

Damai Critter Expedition
25 March to 05 April 2013

Places are limited on this exclusive trip, focusing on the very best critter spots between Flores and Alor.  We have a few new  critter-rich sites in Flores that, plus our favourite hotspots in Alor and Pantar!  Our favourite critter diving route on one of the best boats sailing in Indonesia; it doesn’t get better than this! Read more…

Critters and Nudibranchs 2013
September 2013 TBC

We’re finalising the arrangements for our annual critter and nudibranch trip for September and October 2013.  There are still some details to be confirmed but if you want to be assured a place we can hold places until the trip comes on line.  Read more…

Galleries By Photographer

Over the years Diving 4 Images has had the prevelige of working with some of the best underwater and film-makers.  These galleries showcase some of the amazing images they captured whilst with Diving 4 Images.  Go to galleries…

Galleries By Species

Are you a fan of frogfish, nutty for nudibranchs, or interested in any other specific marine life?  Our galleries of some of Indonesia’s most interesting and beautiful species are the where you will find images of those species that you love.  Go to galleries…

Galleries By Area

Here is a selection of our favourite images from the areas we love to dive.  If you are considering a trip, or already have one booked one, then the galleries here will give you an idea of what you might see.  Go to galleries…

Graham Abbott

Graham is the founder and director of Diving 4 Images.   Read More…

John Fletcher

John is our office manager.  Read More…

Lembeh

The most consistent critter diving in Indonesia, Lembeh has built up a huge reputation over recent years with thousands of critter hunters diving here every year.  Read More...

Triton Bay

Diving 4 Images were among the first to pioneer this remote and exotic area.  Diving here is still a real adventure with many sites still unexplored.  Read More…

Ambon and Seram

Ambon is fast becoming the location for critter diving and there are some excellent reefs and fishy dives too, yet few other divers make it here.  Read More…

Bali

Black sands and great critter diving in the North East plus sites where there is a chance of seeing Mola Mola when the season is right.  Read More…

Golden Dawn

One of the best boats working in Papua New Guinea.  Read More…

Cheng Ho

A very large and spacious boat making it ideal for large groups.  Read More…

Raja Ampat Explorer

A divers dive boat based in Raja Ampat.  Read More…