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Dive Review of Rongelap Expepditions/ Oleanda in
Micronesia/Kwajalein, Marshall Islands

Rongelap Expepditions/ Oleanda, Apr, 2006,

by Dorothy McDonald, OH, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2469.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Luckily we used charge cards when my husband and I and two friends booked this trip in August, 2005 expepcting to be on the liveaborad, Oleanda, from April 13 -21,2006. On March 8th I received a call from one of the divers in our group who said he'd just received an email message stating that the trip had been cancelled! He was the only person in our group who received the email, however when I followed-up Rongelap Expeditions said the trip was indeed cancelled - with little explanation. Rongelap Expeditions had not been very responsive to other inquiries for information throughout the months preceding the cancellation, so perhaps this is standard operating procedure for them. After months of anticipation it was more than disappointing to have the trip cancelled, and even worse the way Rongelap Expeditions handled the situation. They were very slow to credit our charge cards, but did finally get around to doing that - perhaps because we had contacted the charge card companies and complained. Even so, we lost money because of the penalties for changing airline tickets. Yes, we had trip insurance, but the coverage did not include cancellation by the dive operator simply because they didn't feel like running the trip. It is exciting to dive remote areas, but not all operaotrs are responsible. We will not be booking another trip with Rongelap Expeditions, that's for sure!
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