Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Marshall Islands

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Marshall Islands

Scuba diving information in Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands is one of the best dive spots in the world for wreck diving and where the conservation of the marine world is a major goal. The islands and atolls are relatively unspoiled, the diving is year round, the visibility is excellent, and there are 250 species of hard and soft coral and over 1,000 species of fish. There are steep drop-offs, coral pinnacles, and channels. There are dive spots abundant with fast moving pelagic schools and channels teaming with large pelagics like turtles, rays, manta rays and sharks. However the thing for which the Marshalls are known is the WWII wrecks. There are so many and so different diving spots in the Marshalls that a diver can see jaw dropping coral in Arno, eerie WWII wreck dives in Bikini Atoll, massive eagle rays in Rongelap and sea turtles and sharks in Ailinglaplap. Bikini Lagoon is the final resting place of some of the finest and most famous WWII-era naval vessels, like the USS Saratoga, a U.S. Naval aircraft carrier lying in fifty-five meters of water and the Japanese battleship HIJMS Nagato. In Bikini Atoll there is a world famous dive site named Shark Pass which is home to grey reef sharks and silvertip sharks. Because of the nature of the environment at Bikini, most of the diving is considered advanced. It is recommended that only divers with proper training, experience and skill levels consider going to Bikini. On Kwajalein Atoll, there is a German heaver cruiser, the Prinz Eugen. Jaluit boasts some of the best marine life among the islands. The Majuro Atoll is a varied dive with depths ranging from only three meters right down to around thirty-five meters. After fifty years of isolation, the dive site Rongelap Atoll is in perfect, pristine condition, and it’s now accessible for divers who want the thrill of pristine waters, untouched wildlife and beautiful coral reefs. Although there are many mapped and well-dived sites in the area that you can be guided around, there are also many wrecks and reefs in the area that have never been dived before. Despite being know by divers for its spectacular wrecks, the Marshall islands have very diverse diving spots, from the shallow to the very deep dive, always with something amazing to see. You can find several dive centers, especially in Majuro and Kwajalein.

Geography and climate

The Marshall Islands are a group of atolls and reefs in the Pacific Ocean, about half-way between Hawaii and Australia. The 29 atolls and five islands lie in two parallel chains: the Ratak and the Ralik Chain. 24 of them are inhabited. All islands have white, sandy beaches, tall palm trees and turquoise lagoons. The country faces formidable challenges in the form of environmental degradation, accelerated sea-level rise, and the legacy of nuclear testing. However, on the positive side, the wrecks of Bikini Atoll have been recently opened to diving. Radiation levels in the area are deemed to be below levels harmful to humans. The Marshall Islands enjoy a nice tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather. The wettest months are September to November, with December to April being the dry season. Temperatures are around 29 to 32°C throughout the year with little variation. Obviously, the dry season is one of the best times to visit, with the northeast tradewinds bringing nice cool breezes. Other months can be equally enjoyable, although a tropical storm always is a possibility, since these islands border the typhoon belt.

Entry requirements

Everyone is required to possess a valid passport. Visas are required for everyone, except citizens of countries in the Pacific Islands Forum, the United States, European Union, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. Visas last 30 days, but can be extended for up to 90 days once you are in the Marshall Islands. You must show proof of funds for your stay in the Marshall Islands and for a return ticket. Yellow fever certificates and cholera vaccinations are required by all travellers arriving from infected areas.

Health and safety

Although there are no obligatory vaccines to enter the Marshall Islands, it is recommended to vaccinate against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, tetanus and diphtheria. For more informations, please contact your doctor.

Time zone

UTC +12

Communications

The Marshall Islands relies primarily on radio on the remote outer islands, which causes some communication problems. Local telephone service is available on both Ebeye and Majuro; however, the cost for international calls is quite expensive. Internet service is also available, again at a relatively expensive tariff.

Power and Electricity

120V/60Hz Plugs are the USA type.

Other Informations

ATMs are available only on Majuro, and they're not always working. It is safe to visit Bikini island as the radioactive elements reside in the soil and will only affect you if you eat food grown on the islands.

Scuba Diving locations in Marshall Islands

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Marshall Islands? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Marshall Islands, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Marshall Islands

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Marshall Islands

Which locations in Marshall Islands have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Marshall Islands and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Marshall Islands

Which marine species can I observe in Marshall Islands? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Marshall Islands

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Marshall Islands? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Marshall Islands.

Scuba Diving centers in Marshall Islands

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There are no diving centers available

Liveaboards in Marshall Islands

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Accommodation in Marshall Islands

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Marshall Islands? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Marshall Islands. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.

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