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Dive Review of Bako Divers/Hotel Robert Reimers in
Micronesia/Marshall Islands - Majuro

Bako Divers/Hotel Robert Reimers, Aug, 2004,

by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, USA . Report 1934.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caraibbean, Australia, Micronesia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Galapagos, Cocos Island, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Had a cooler filled with water, which worked if we disconnected the strobes from the camera

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We stopped in Majuro for a few days on the way to Bikini Island to see what the diving was like and to get rid of some jet lag. From Pittsburgh, we flew to Honolulu, where we spent the night at the very convenient Honolulu Airport Hotel. We caught the 7 AM flight to Majuro, arriving early afternoon. We were met by a Hotel Robert Reimers representative, transferred to the hotel, and quickly checked in. The rooms are very basic, but OK; next time I would book one of their cottages. We ate most of our meals at the hotel; some were quite tasty. There's not much else to do besides dive.

We were booked with Jerry Ross and Bako Divers, which was an excellent choice. He did everything he could to keep us happy. There were anywhere from 3 to 5 guests on board the boat. We left 9:30-10:00 each morning and returned around 3:00 every afternoon, with at least an hour between dives. One of our favorite dives was Pokelap, with a small WWII hellcat at 110', and lots of bommies to explore in shallower water. It was also a great place to find the endemic 3-banded anemone fish, lionfish, and lots of shrimp gobies. Another favorite was Cenpac with a shipwreck at 105', 2 big bumphead wrasse, and groupers.

The water inside the lagoon was like glass a couple days: getting outside the lagoon through the narrow gap was interesting, and re-entering was like surfing. There were no soft corals, and the hard corals were low. Some dives had more fish than other; Jerry has an interesting way to "call sharks" up from the depths. We also had some great turtle encounters.

Majuro is a good place to stop over for a couple of days. Book directly with Bako Divers at jerry@bakodivers.com.
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