Scuba Dive Bikini Atoll

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Peter Fear diving at Bikini AtollCome and dive Bikini Atoll

After a trial liveaboard dive expedition to Bikini Atoll in late 2010, and successful trips to Bikini Atoll in 2011, 2012 and 2013, The Scuba Doctor is once again able to offer strictly limited places on liveaboard scuba diving trips to Bikini Atoll. Don't miss out. Book your spot today!

Peter Fear diving at Bikini AtollBikini Atoll is expedition adventure diving at its most unsullied. This unique dive location features the most important collection of WW2 shipwrecks anywhere on earth. There are places with more wrecks — Rabaul and Hansa Bay in Papua New Guinea; plus Chuuk Lagoon further to the Northwest of the Marshall Islands. But none have battleships, or an aircraft carrier! The rewards to be gained from the liveaboard journey to this tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean make Bikini Atoll one of the most memorable dive destinations on the planet.

Next Dive Expedition to Bikini Atoll — June 2020

Please call Peter Fear on +61 3 5985 5440, or email him at scubadoc@scubadoctor.com.au, for details.

Bikini LagoonA representative from Skin Diver magazine proclaimed Bikini Atoll as one of the top five dive destinations in the world. Well if you're interested in wreck diving he got it wrong because Bikini Atoll is THE best wreck diving location on the planet. This is your chance to see for yourself why.

Marshall IslandsThis fantastic wreck dive expedition includes liveaboard accommodation onboard the Indies Trader vessel MV Windward with typically 17 dives at Bikini Atoll, and two dives on the Prinz Eugen at Kwajalein Atoll.

Dive expedition package does NOT include:

  • Sorb for Rebreathers and/or Helium — landed cost plus 15%.
  • Medical O2 — cost plus 15%.
  • DAN dive injury insurance.
  • Medivac insurance.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Satellite telephone and data calls. We have Inmarsat for telephone - $4.00 per minute or part thereof. Thutaya I/P for data. Can be online all the time for $3K per trip or $10 per megabyte log on log off. We need a months notice to activate unlimited data plan.
  • Excess luggage fees.
  • Air fares
  • Personal spending money.
  • Equipment rental.
  • Hard alcohol / mixed drinks / wine.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Passport fees / US ESTA visa charge.
  • Departure taxes outside Australia.
  • Bikini Dive Permit of US$200.
  • Crew gratuities. (We suggest US$250.)

Typical Itinerary From Previous Trips:

  • Thursday: Check in at Cairns International Airport 3 hours prior to departure.
  • Friday: 00:35 Depart Cairns on United Airlines flight UA-99
    05:20 Arrive in Guam
    08:20 Depart Guam on United Airlines flight UA-172
    17:40 Arrive in Kwajalein
    Transfer by US Army Ferry to Ebeye Island
    Transfer to MV Windward
  • Saturday: Two dives on Prinz Eugen at Kwajalein Atoll
    14:00 Prepare for and begin crossing to Bikini Atoll
  • Sunday: 18:00 Arrive at Bikini Atoll and anchor off Bikini Island
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday:
    Two dives per day at Bikini Atoll
  • Tuesday: Last dive at Bikini Atoll
    13:00 Prepare for and begin crossing to Kwajalein Atoll
  • Wednesday: 18:00 Arrive at Kwajalein Atoll
  • Thursday: 07:30 Transfer from MV Windward
    07:50 Transfer by UA Army Ferry to Kwajalein Island
    10:00 Check luggage at United Airlines counter
    11:32 Depart Kwajalein on United Airlines flight UA-154
    15:35 Arrive in Guam
    18:50 Depart Guam on United Airlines flight UA-98
    23:40 Arrive in Cairns
  • Friday: 00:15 Transfer by bus to Hotel
    Morning Check out from hotel and make your way to Cairns airport

Given that there are no longer flights between Cairns and Guam, obviously the itinerary will be somwhat different.

Scuba diving at Bikini Atoll

Diving at Bikini AtollWith only 12 divers able to be accommodated on MV Windward, 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 advanced sport and/or technical divers with previous wreck diving experience.

Indies Trader Marine Adventures has been granted the sole provider of dive tours on the nuclear fleet at Bikini Atoll.

The marine life has been virtually untouched for over forty years, and divers can see a great profusion of sharks, tuna, marlin, rays, turtles and much more.

Risk/Diving isolated areas

We don't want to scare you off, but with dive expeditions like this it is extremely important to really understand the magnitude of such a trip. This is not for everyone and with the sheer isolation of where we are, you really need to make an informed decision on whether you want to come or not.

The biggest thing is to understand that we will be onboard a 24 metre vessel for 14 or so days out at sea. We will be 25–30 hours away from the nearest help which is a USA missile testing base, so they aren't thrilled that we are going through there in the slightest. There is an airfield in Bikini Atoll where turbo propped planes can land. This will be the only immediate access we have to the outside world if it all turns to custard! However, operational availability of the airstrip can't be guaranteed.

Medical considerations

Diabetics Please Note: Because of the repetitive decompression diving we do at Bikini Atoll, we do not recommend that diabetics dive Bikini Atoll unless there has been careful consideration and clearance by a physician. If you are a diabetic and have been cleared by a doctor for diving on Bikini Atoll, you should have a full understanding of the consequences and dietary needs of doing this kind of diving.

Tour notes:

Conditions Apply — prices are based on 2012 prices and subject to change due to price increases and USD currency fluctuation.

Credit Card Payments:

  • Should you choose to pay via Visa Card or Mastercard a surcharge fee of 1% will be applied to price of your holiday.
  • Should you choose to pay via Amex or Diners card a surcharge fee of 3% will be applied to the price of your holiday.

Please check your passport for a minimum of 6 months validity from day of departure. And that you have secured your ESTA visa for USA.

Dive insurance

ALL divers who dive with us at Bikini Atoll MUST have DAN dive injury Master or Preferred plan insurance or they will not be able to dive with us. No exceptions will be made.

We generally look for three main characteristics in a dive insurance plan:

  1. Ability to evacuate an injured diver anywhere in the world.
  2. Ability to pay for medical treatment of an evacuated diver anywhere in the world.
  3. Ability for the diver to dive below 40 metres (130 feet) anywhere in the world and still be covered by the insurance plan.

Thus The Scuba Doctor strongly recommends, and will only accept, DAN Preferred Plan (maximum depth of 50 metres) or Master Plan (maximum depth up to 100 metres) dive insurance. The DAN Standard Plan which covers DCI only is not acceptable.

Please note: DAN dive insurance is conditional on you having appropriate certification for the dive, and that you are using appropriate breathing gas mixes and equipment during the dive or repetitive dive series.

We also recommend you have appropriate medical evacuation insurance, plus travel insurance.

Booking requirements

To secure your place on this amazing wreck diving expedition a non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person is required.

For bookings or more information, please contact The Scuba Doctor.

Please view/download:
2014 Trip 1:
Bikini Atoll 2014 trip 1 leaflet (Adobe PDF | 244.71 KB)
Bikini Atoll 2014 trip 1 Dive Adventures booking form (Adobe PDF | 286.65 KB)
2014 Trip 2:
Bikini Atoll 2014 trip 2 leaflet (Adobe PDF | 244.9 KB)
Bikini Atoll 2014 trip 2 Dive Adventures booking form (Adobe PDF | 286.82 KB)

See also:

Articles from previous scuba diving trips by The Scuba Doctor to Bikini Atoll:
Diving the Nuclear Ghost Fleet at Bikini Atoll - 2013
From Hermes To Saratoga - 2010
USS Saratoga (CV 3) - 2007
Bikini Atoll 2005 - 2005

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