I went to Majuro, Arno, Kwajalein, and Wotje Atolls in the early 90's for diving
. I have always meant to go back. Traditional navigation
and charts. I came from a maritime family
and was a Navy
trained navigator before most of today's electronics
. Just Loran
and RDF'S. Otherwise the sun, stars and planets. I only went thru customs
in Majuro, there must be 20,000 or more people in the capitol. I am told some nite life. Kwajalein may require permission, it's one end of the USA's Pacific Missile Range. It does have some interesting stuff like the wreck of the Prinz Eugen. Wotje has a lot of WWII leftovers, bunkers, guns
, and sunk ships. Arno is next to Majuro and when I was there, only a few families lived there. On all the atolls you can find quiet, natural areas. All the large populations centers have air service
entry channels are usually clear and plenty deep. I wouldn't use the small channels without a local guide. The lagoons are 75 or more feet deep. However, you need to keep watch for coral
. There are dome like shallows throughout the lagoons made of coral
. The shallows are easy to see and are usually far enough apart to navigate around until you get close to the beaches or reefs
. I always found the bottom between the coral heads to be sand and did my anchoring
there. However, the locals didn't seem to mind anchoring
in coral - and causing some damage. The water
is the clearest I have ever encountered. If I told you how far I could see under water
, you would not believe me. Diving
is the best I have seen. It was like diving with Jacques Cousteau. All kinds of marine
life. I didn't wear a wet suit and was comfortable on the inside except near the lagoon entrance where you get much colder water. The outside reef is cold! You can hire a local to guide you. The people are friendly. Be a good tourist and everyone will be happy. Ask permission of any nearby residents if you're going to have a beach party. You know, the usual polite things. Nobody ever approached our anchorage. It seemed, they could care less about us. When we wanted to talk to a local, I waited until someone was out, usually getting their boat ready for fishing
. Nobody was rude. I did use a local guide for searching out better dive sites.
There was always a breeze. Days were 75-85° and comfortable. Nights were about 70-75°. Most people rig a sail to force the breeze thru their boat. Sometimes passing tropical showers. When the sun goes down, it's dark. I lived twilight to a little after sunset. At extreme low tide there is good lobster catching in the outside reef tide pools. You need the moon or a light and the speed of youth. It's a little like catching a cat. There are ships and fish
buyers that sell supplies to the locals. Bulk supplies like rice. Also, if you're there long enough you can air freight in supplies through Air Marshall Islands
. There are a few stores around population centers. Plenty of fish
to catch. We spent 99% of our time away from most people.
The usual advice for long ocean voyages, plenty of spares and backups for the backups.
Have a great voyage.