About the boat
MV Bilikiki is among the great live-aboard dive boats of the world. At 125ft long and 24ft wide - she is wide and seaworthy and offers unparalleled comfort at sea. Passengers are accommodated in air-con cabins and staterooms. There is a large sun deck as well as open covered decks. The lounge areas are comfrotably furnished and feature large tables, a bar, multi-format TV/DVD and an extensive library of reference material and recreational reading. Bilikiki carries a crew of 11, plus two managers who are responsible for diving and ships operations. The crew are well-trained, friendly, attentive and professional. Click here for a layout of the vessel
Meals are always important when you are traveling and diving, so the galley staff do their best to produce quality and tasty meals and snacks. Three hearty meals are served buffet style daily, and between meals the snacks are always ample. The menu will usually include a selection from fresh and cooked vegetables, meat, fish, chick, pasta, rice, bread or toast, scones, biscuits and of course, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and all the usual condiments to complete the meal. Occasionally pizza will be on the menu and desserts may be cakes, pie or puddings. There is always lots of fresh fruit and fresh lime juice to quench your thirst.
The Bilikiki has large dive decks that offer individual storage for gear, racks and hangers for suits, fresh water showers, separate rinse tanks for photo gear, and easy access to the skiffs. Tanks are filled at the end of each dive then rigged for the next one. Bilikiki crew are trained to expertly handle your tanks and other gear. The only time you have to touch your tank is when you're diving and it's on your back.
Diving is done mothership fashion with divers shuttled to the dive sites in one of the two specially designed aluminum skiffs (called "tinnies"). Once in the water, the divers are tracked by their bubbles and can be picked up by the tinnie crew and shuttled back to the ship almost the minute they reach the surface. This eliminates long swims, current fighting and sitting in the hot sun while waiting for other dives to surface.
A briefing will precede each dive, and the dive masters will outline the type of dive, what you can expect to see and recommendations regarding current, depth, and activities. Divers set their own profile in conjunction with their buddy, their computer, and their previous diving activities, and are welcome to discuss their plans for assistance and advice.