“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!”
– Martin Daly
Live Aboard Dive Trips to Bikini Atoll
Indies Trader is the sole provider of dive tours on the nuclear fleet at Bikini Atoll. 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. Including the Saratoga aircraft carrier – you will never get the chance to dive such a selection of Battleships, Cruisers, and Aircraft Carriers anywhere else on Earth.
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.
Indies Trader has a concession agreement with the Bikini atoll local Govt and are offering trips to Bikini (out of Kwajalein atoll) between May and October. By operating out of Kwajelein, we are not be dependent on the local airline. Passengers can fly via United to directly to Kwajelein, where they will be greeted by staff and board the M.V. Windward. Trips will start with wreck diving in Kwajalein, then to the wilderness of the atomic atolls of Rongelap and Rongerick, and arriving in Bikini, wreck diving the nuclear fleet and then dive our way back to Kwajalein.
With only 10 divers able to be accommodated on the Indies Surveyor, and only a handful of trips each year, Bikini Atoll is now a very exclusive dive site. Less than 80 divers per year get the opportunity to participate in a diving expedition to dive the nuclear fleet at Bikini Atoll. Bikini Atoll is a world heritage site and a bucket-list destination for serious wreck divers. Bikini Atoll is known for its wonderful WWII warship wreck diving, but is recommended only for technical divers with previous wreck diving experience.
Whole boat charters are available now (dive season is May – October) – Contact Us for Booking Info for Whole Boat Charter.