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Dive Review of Raycrew/Marshall Islands Resort in
Micronesia/Marshall Islands

Raycrew/Marshall Islands Resort, May, 2013,

by W Glen Kitchens, NM, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6974.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My group of experienced divers selected Majuro, Marshall Islands simply because it seemed an off the beaten track kind of place. The dive operator (Raycrew)is located at the Marshall Islands Resort (MIR)& has the only divemaster on this small atoll. The DM (Sato) a young Japanese was quite competent, cautious & helpful where possible. Most divesites within Majuro Atoll are within 30 minutes from MIR w/ exception of Arno Atoll which is over open ocean & can be a very wet & rough ride on the wrong day.
The boat is low-railed w/ a canopy top but no seats, no camera bucket & no dry areas. Even on the chop within the atoll it made for a rough ride. Getting into the water is accomplished by struggling into your BC sitting on the floor then hoisting yourself to a boat rail for a backward flip. Not an easy feat for some of the older crowd. There is no emergency oxygen or radios on the boat.
We were disappointed in the diving since we expected to see soft coral & wrecks, but saw none. The diving is easy w/ current at only a few divesites. There was a group of Japanese divers when we arrived but once they left we never saw any other divers.
Majuro is advertised as credit card friendly & some places do take them but not Raycrew! So if renting gear or planning to do extra dives be sure to take plenty of US dollars. Prices are within reason however.
Marshall Islands Resort is without doubt the best hotel on the atoll but is very average by international standards. The restaurant is OK but they do deal in 'island' time so get there early if you're in a hurry. The on-site bar is reasonably-priced & that's a good thing since there's not much else to do but dive & drink. Wifi can be accessed in common areas & a card costs $10 for 100 minutes. Rooms have A/C which are adequate but the three story buildings have no elevator. The rooms had TV but no signal was available to the atoll while we were there.
The trip was relatively inexpensive when compared to Fiji or some other places in Micronesia, but having been there I think I'll go back to Fiji next time.
Websites Raycrew   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribean; Atlantic; Pacific;
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface with divemaster;
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No accomodations on boat or on land for UW cameras;
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