Trip Report – Dive
We went to
the Carolines first via
Had a blast despite #1 typhoon of the trip.
Good diving is a 20 mile boat ride each day (each way).
We did one of the harbor wrecks one day with 10’ visibility, but had fun.
It really blew a gale that day.
We saw them setting up to tape the next “Survivor” show which is a scam now that I see how they did it. It is a big production and it was on the closest island to town! The survivors could swim to town for dinner at night.
flew to Majuro via Yap,
Majuro is an over crowded garbage dump, but beautiful water.
I chose that location for my two days of the crud from hell while we got hit with typhoon #2.
one day diving and made up half of it before departing to
There we saw an exciting ship wreck (broke loose in the harbor) which hit our moored dive boat.
found out that was the only aircraft that can fly to
We finally took
off with a mechanic turning the last bolts on a rebuilt turboprop from
probably made the news while we were in
The next AM
was still a blow out, so we missed two dives on the
I was still sick and had major problems clearing ears and sinuses for the first 4 days, but made all the dives.
Not everyone was that lucky.
Kevin was dead on Battleship day and missed a second day.
Penny got hit the last two days, but dove anyway.
everything important except the
The decompression was a big deal as most of the dives are 130’ to 180’ and the upside down battleships are all dives at lagoon bottom depth.
The two gas decompression computers are the hot lick as we dove air and did the deco on ~80% Nitrox which greatly shortened the long decompression. There is no help for a decompression accident over there. The airplane comes next Wednesday and not before.
I dropped my Nikonos U/W camera at the dock and broke the 15mm and view finder, but was able to lash it back on with rusty bailing wire and I don’t use the view finder much anyway.
There were lots of little broken screws.
Here are a
few pictures starting with
“Baker shot” the second bomb and it was an underwater detonation in 1946 and
the same bomb design as the
The dark vertical area on the right of the mushroom stem is the USS Arkansas which is now upside down. Our “quarters” were on the beach about where this picture was taken.
The same beach and lagoon today
Dentist Chair in the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (at the bottom of the lagoon)
on the hanger deck of the
Bow guns (15 inch) on the battleship USS Arkansas with anchor chain
the Nagato (flag ship of the Imperial navy for most of the war) and directed
the raid on
Galley on the USS Saratoga – it’s been underwater like this for 58 years!
Officers barber chair just out side the admiral’s quarters on the USS Saratoga
Admiral “Bull” Halsey and other famous navel officers got trimmed up in this chair.
Radio room on USS Saratoga
Penny looking at 16 inch guns on the Nagato stern
Penny showing one of the props on the Nagato
Bridge windows on the Nagato.
Yamamoto probably stood here when he said “Tora, Tora. Tora” (attack
Bridge on the USS Saratoga
There were sharks on most of the dives, but this was on the reef.
No phones, no TV and no internet!
The supply ship comes 3 times per year.
Eddie was our “native”
The whole population of Bikini: 3 dive operators, 1
Welcome sign at
The flight out of
An example of the islands in
Base of operations for the upcoming Palau Survivor TV show.
The “survivor” island was a short boat ride away.
This was a 15 acre facility built to produce the show – just
This is how the Survivor show equipment and boats were sent
Typhoon #2 hit our dive operations in Majuro after 2 days of diving
Our dive boat had been tied up here the day before.