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

Indies Trader/Westwind, Nov, 2012,

by Stephen D Pahl, CA, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6755.

No photos available at this time

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
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.

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-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100-300 Ft/ 30-91 M

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
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
UW Photo Comments [None]
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