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Dive Review of Indies Trader/Westwind in
Other Locations/Bikini Atoll - Marshall Island

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen D Pahl, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6755
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Indio-Pacific Islands and Atolls, mostly related to wrecks
as well as Cocos, Caribbean, Belize and other locals 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
100   to 300    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
The Captain and divemasters treated you like an adult - plan your own dive
and simply let them know.  They sought to provide advice and counsel if
they wanted to modify your plan.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This is clearly a "bucket list" trip, very expensive with extreme
diving.  Most dives are 150+ for 20+ minutes resulting in deco stops for
20-40 minutes.  However, if you want to see the largest warships diveable
and the USS Saratoga, you have to come here.  The Skipper, Chris, and the
Divemasters, Brian and Edward, were wonderful.  Accomodating to each divers
various needs and desires, they lead dives deep inside the wrecks, as well
a providing history of the site, with their extensive experience on the
site.
Worthy of the time and effort to go. While the boat is clearly more
"spartan" than most, it was reasonably comfortable to serious
divers.  This is not a trip for casual divers and the inexperienced - you
need to be very comfortable with extended decompression stops and diving in
closed environments.  However, a great operator and wonderful crew.  
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