Bikini Atoll

Wreck diving is a specialized area of scuba diving that can be enjoyed by all divers, in all areas of the world. In the Caribbean islands, traveling tourists can dive and photograph beautiful wrecks in crystal clear waters. These wrecks, as well as many others, for the most part require only standard equipment and scuba skills. Off the east coast of the United States, sport divers visit and penetrate into intact sunken German U-boats, tug boats, destroyers and sailing ships. This type of wreck diving is more advanced, due to the depth and conditions of the water. Depending on the condition of the wreck, location, water conditions, and whether a penetration is planned, special skills and equipment are needed to make the dive as enjoyable and as safe as possible.

Shipwreck diving enables sport divers to visit the past. Each wreck is a time capsule into history waiting to be explored. Sport divers also make interesting artifact finds while exploring the remains of sunken ships. This enables the sport diving community to make its own contribution to historians and archaeologists by giving them the information needed for wreck identification and further research. Within the pages of this on line test, you will find many helpful hints to make your dives easier and safer. Until now these tricks of the trade have only been learned by years of experience. Realize that no book or article can instantly make anyone an expert wreck diver. Our goal is to give you the needed information and provide a good foundation upon which to build. We will discuss specialized equipment, mental attitude, penetration, methods of research available to all divers, artifact preservation, restoration, modification and much more. You will also learn that the sport of wreck diving is performed on many different experience levels and that each dive is a learning experience for future trips. Hopefully this book will enhance your future adventures by functioning not only as an instructional manual but as a reference source.

In 1996 the people of Bikini opened their atoll to the outside world as a dive, sport fishing and tourism destination, and has since drawn praise from many around the globe. When you visit Bikini, it has been said that you don't just dive, fish or sunbathe, you get a history lesson for the ages. A representative from Skin Diver magazine recently proclaimed Bikini Atoll as one of the top five dive destinations in the world, and in October of 1997 Conde Nast Traveller magazine named Bikini as one of the "Ten Best" scuba diving destinations. In 1998 Bikini opened for sport fishermen. Field & Stream magazine declared in their November 1997 issue: "Bikini is the last of the best saltwater fishing in the world." Bikini was featured on Discovery Channel's Shark Week in 1999 in their opening show, entitled: Live from a Shark Cage from Bikini Atoll. Bikini Atoll was featured in the PADI Diving Society's officially sponsored dive magazine, Sport Diver, in February 2000. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, in their July 2000 issue, declared Bikini Atoll as one of the "Top 50 Worldwide Island Escapes" stating: "...There are not many places that could look more like the Garden of Eden..." In the October 2002 issue of Skin Diver magazine Bikini Atoll was named one of the "24 dives of a lifetime." The October 2004 National Geographic Traveler Magazine 20th Anniversary issue declared Bikini as one of their 80 "Around the World Destinations."

The tourism program suspended operations in June of 2008 due to the situation with the local airline and soaring energy costs.  It is uncertain when or if the operation will open again.

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."    — Robert A. Heinlein

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