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Dive Review of Bikini Atoll Divers in
Micronesia

Bikini Atoll Divers, Apr, 2007,

by David Bader, NC, USA (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 3341.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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