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Dive Review of Bikini Atoll Divers in
Micronesia

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David Bader, NC, USA
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Report Number 3341
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving

		
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny,dry  
Seas
choppy,noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives are guided decompression dives to 180 ft.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Great shooting if all you want are wrecks!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This is wreck diving at it's finest but only for experienced divers.  Depth
on most dives is 180 ft for 30 minutes with EAN 75 DECO gas provided at a
fixed decompression bar.  Descents and ascents are made via buoy lines. 
All dives are guided by experienced divemasters as required by Bikini law. 
Wrecks have deteriorated so minimal penetration is possible.  Divers should
be experienced with good buoyancy control and varying style kicks to
manuver around the wrecks.  Wreck reels and lift bags are not necessary but
a good two gas computer is a must.  The dive operation will rent Dive Rite
HE's at a reasonable cost.

Weight limits are an issue with the local flight from Majuro but an
excellent laundry is available so clothes can be minimal.  Soap, shampoo
and towels are provided as well.

Make no mistake.  The conditions are very primitive on the island.  Flights
arrive and leave only once a week.  No shopping, medical facilities, or
emergency care are available on Bikini.  The closest chamber is a 30 minute
boat ride and one hour flight IF a plane is available.  This is totally
outside the dive operation control so they are conservative with dive
procedures.  Lodgings are comfortable and food is basic but plentiful.  No
alcoholic beverages were available during my stay.

In spite of all the negatives, the staff and divemasters are great and I
would return in a second to again dive some of the most historical wrecks
open to divers today.  Don't delay if you are considering diving Bikini. 
The wrecks aren't getting any younger!
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