Bikini Atoll Diving

Bikini Atoll Diving Charter

Indies Trader is the sole provider of dive tours on the nuclear fleet at Bikini Atoll. MV Windward and Indies Trader are available now. Dive season runs from May through October. Bikini Atoll is the first World Heritage site for the Marshall Islands and a bucket-list destination for most serious divers. Dive the Saratoga aircraft carrier – worlds best wreck dive?

For general singles please contact Bikini Divers. Lani and Jack at Bikini Divers ran the diving operation on behalf of the Bikini government until recently and are our partners in this endeavour and have unparalleled knowledge of Bikini diving operations.

Indies Trader does full boat bookings only. Our expertise is in charter operations. If you want to do a partial booking and you are a rebreather diver, please contact Peter Mesley at petemesley.com. Peter is an avid rebreather diver and is doing guided tours. Check out Pete’s article from our last trip here.

Prior to the explosion of the first atomic bomb on the island, the lagoon at Bikini was designated as a ship graveyard after World War II by the United States Navy. Today the Bikini Lagoon is still home to a large number of vessels from the United States and other countries. The dangers of the radioactivity and limited services in the area led to divers staying away from one of the most remarkable potential scuba diving sites in the Pacific for many years. The dive spot has become popular among divers since 1996.However, oil prices have severely curtailed diving operations to the point of being suspended since August 2008 and through 2009, restricted to fully self-contained vessels by prior arrangement.

 

The lagoon contains a larger amount of sea life than usual due to the lack of fishing, including sharks, increasing the fascination with the spot as a diver’s adventure spot. Food including fish is contaminated so tour boats must bring all their own supplies.

Shipwrecks in the lagoon include:

  • USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  • USS Apogon (SS-308)
  • USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  • USS Gilliam (APA-57)
  • USS Lamson (DD-367)
  • USS Pilotfish (SS-386)
  • Japanese battleship Nagato


The Diving in the Marshall Islands is unparalleled

M.V.Windward and M.V.Indies Trader  are  presently based in the Marshalls. The Windward and Indies Trader 1 are set up for liveaboard diving,

We have purchased a DDC (Deck Decompression Chamber) in the USA which is onboard  the Windward  to provide safety for advanced remote location sport diving. We have,Nitrox, O2 ,Helium and Sorb for the Tech diving guys, Steel and aluminium twinsets, deco pony bottles  etc. We don’t provide personal equipment which you should bring with you.

We have a concession agreement with the  Bikini atoll local Govt and are  offering trips to Bikini out of Kwajalein atoll  between May and November, check the  M.V.Windward page for availability . We will not be dependant on the local airline. Trips will start with wreck diving in Kwajalein, then to the wilderness of the atomic atolls of Rongelap and Rongerick tand wreck Diving in Bikini on the nuclear fleet and then dive our way back to Kwajalein. Whole boat charters available now, contact us for details. Singles should contact Lani at Bikini Atoll divers.

The worlds best wreck diving in the worlds most pristine tropical marine environment. bikini is now a world heritage site.

A  personal explanation by Indies Trader founder Martin Daly………

“I was lucky enough to learn how to dive in the late 60s , early 70s in Townsville on the Barrier reef in Australia. In those early days most times when I went diving I was the very first person to dive at the location, there was no commercial fishing and I took for granted the abundance of everything! Napoleon fish,  giant clams,  resident reef fish , sharks of all kinds, huge painted crayfish and lush, live, old growth coral reef everywhere . I saw what a  healthy  coral reef  environment should look like.

I dived extensively through Indonesia and South East Asia through the 80s and 90s as my job as a Commercial Salvage Diver, I dived on offshore oil platforms, in the most polluted harbours, up rivers, on shipwrecks, ancient and new and in all sorts of strange and remote locations. I remember my first trip to the offshore islands of the Sunda straights and Sumatra in the early eighties and the first Mentawai trips, whislt not as pristine as the barrier reef in those days, marine life- the clams, the sharks,  napolean fish, the residential reef fish, tuna, billfish and crayfish were abundant. Today they are all but gone. The relentless pressure of a population of over 300 million people taking from the seas and the reefs in Indonesia has taken its toll, in such a short time the effect has been depressing. I rarely bother to dive there anymore,  I can’t help but notice whats missing. the dead coral the reduced visibility etc.

From  late 1998 till mid 2006  Indies Trader 1 explored the entire world for surf. The project was called the “Quiksilver Crossing” We completed  a circumnavigation and visted over 27 countries and virtually every tropical island nation. We joined with an NGO called “Reef Check” and assisted with their global coral reef monitoring project.   I obtained a personal snapshot of the health of the worlds coral reefs. What I saw was far worse than I could possibly have imagined,  from French Polynesia to The Maldives most of the reef in the pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean were dead from coral bleaching.

It seemed that there were only a few places that were left almost intact, those that were protected by first world governments like Australia (northern Australia),  Britain (The Chagos archipelego),  France (Europa Island,  French Polynesia,  New Caledonia)),the USA (The ex Pacific trust territories and Carribean territories) and those places that were so remote that humanity hasn’t got around to stripping yet. I recently visited a remote part of Papua New guinea that was the best dive I had previously ever had and was heartbroken to see that all the sharks and fish were gone.-in only 8 years!

The most pristine and intact tropical marine environment in the world in my opinion is the Marshall Islands and adjacent atolls and reefs  west of there. The last remaining Eden. When I put my head underwater I am relieved to see that everything is as it should be!

Incredible visibility, amazing WW2 shipwrecks and the most lush coral gardens I have ever seen. Whenever I am there I cant stay out of the water! There are large areas of genuinely unpopulated atolls. A simple observation that I have made , more people equals less marine life and visa versa!”

The diving is fantastic everywhere, If your on a surf trip and are a certified diver, bring your personal equipment and we will provide tanks and weights and take you diving, you wont be able to keep you out of the water either!!

Photos by petemesley.com

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Availability and Schedule

Full Sample Itinerary

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Schematic

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What is Included?

  • 13 days/12 nights, on the Bikini Dive program, 14 days 13 nights on the Surfing Program
  • Air fills, weights and dive tanks. Oxygen from the onboard oxygen generator
  • The worlds best wreck diving on the nuclear fleet at Bikini
  • Beer, juice and soft drinks
  • 2 x Dive masters
  • All meals and food
  • Juice and Soda
  • Bottled Water
  • Fishing
  • Air Conditioning in cabin
  • Certified Captain and Crew

What is not included?

  • Sorb and Helium for Rebreathers-landed cost plus 15%
  • Medical O2, cost plus 15%
  • Travel and Medivac Insurance – Dan or equivalent
  • Satellite telephone and data calls. We have Inmarsat for telephone-$3.50 per minute or part thereof. Thutaya i/P for Data. Can be online all lthe time for $3k per  trip or $10 per megabyte log on log off. we need a months notice to activate unlimited data plan
  • Hard Alcohol / Mixed Drinks / Wine
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for the staff (This is entirely up to you. The average tip starts at around $50US pp and goes up from there.
  • Flights

Minimum Equipment Requirements

  1. A wing and Backplate system designed to carry twin 300bar 12lt steel cylinders and at least 1 x 11lt stage cylinder. A dual bladder wing is recommended.  Standard type BCD’s even if recommended for use with twins are unacceptable.
  2. A computer capable of switching a minimum of 3 gasses. ie Air, 60% nitrox, 100% Oxygen
  3. Backup depth and bottom timer or additional computer
  4. Minimum 2 torches
  5. 2 regulators configured  for twin cylinder operation.  1 regulator suitable for breathing nitrox mixes up to 100% O2
  6. 1 x  Surface Marker Buoy
  7. Emergency Surface Marker Buoy with the word emergency printed  down the side and slate fixed to the top to state details of emergency.
  8. 1 x reel or spool with minimum 15mts line
  9. 1 x reel or spool with minimum 50mts line
  10. Spare mask to be carried on all dives
  11. Slate to be carried at all times

 

Qualification Requirements for Divers

  1. A Qualification rated to 50mts depth issued by a recognised dive training agency
  2. Advanced nitrox qualification to use mixes up to 100% oxygen issued by a recognised dive training agency

 

Additional Requirements

  1. DAN EVACUATION AND MEDICAL INSURANCE