Wishing for a unique diving adventure in unusual and often extreme destinations around the world? Well, this company specializes in off-the-beaten-path dive destinations. The dive company only caters to experienced divers so that they can deliver the best experiences for hard-core divers.
While it is fun and adventurous to travel around the world to go diving, that doesn't mean there aren't great dive sites much closer to home. Another unusual dive destination is Lake Erie - it is famous for its large concentration of shipwrecks and is popular for shipwreck diving.
Dirty Dozen Expeditions
"We are not your average dive trip or your average divers.
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What sets us apart is our drive to further the dive industry by connecting top-level divers with our customers.
Want to dive with some of the most experienced rebreather divers on the planet, or with world-record-holding freedivers?"
They offer diving trips to Truk Lagoon to see the sunken Japanese fleet from the fury of American bombers, the Galapogos exploring the unique life teeming there, Bikini Atoll to see the American nuclear fleet, and Cheynobol for some reason that doesn't seem to follow the dive theme.
Dirty Dozen Expeditions may focus on remote destinations, but there are also many easily accessible shipwrecks for divers to reach.
Bikini Atoll Diving
One of their top destinations is Bikini Atoll - one of the remotest diving destinations on the Earth. Bikini is part of the Marshall Islands and is made up of 5 islands and 29 atolls and is a destination almost completely lacking in infrastructure.
This expedition is just about as tough at is can get. But diving into the nuclear ghost fleet is more than enough to make up for the expense and hassles.
Diving conditions in Bikini are excellent and is fairly easy diving with great conditions throughout the year.
- Water Temperature: 28-29°C/82-85°F With No Major Thermoclines
- Visibility: Usually Excellent Around 30m/98ft Clear
Bikini Atoll is also a deep and technical diving location with some very big and challenging wrecks and are in the Normoxi Trimix range.
- Daytime Air Temperature: Usually Between 28-31°C/82-88°F All Year
- Visa: For Most Visitors, There Is A Free 30 Day Tourist Visa On Arrival At Kwajalein (US Citizens Can Stay for One Year)\
- Getting There: Generally Via Hawaii on United Airlines’ island hopper from Guam or Hawaii
- Tip: Do Not Take Photo At Kwajalein Airport - Its A Military Base
Truk Lagoon Diving
Truk (or Chuuk) Lagoon is one of the most famous wreck destinations around the world. One can see the destruction wrought by the US Navy on the Japanese in a hail of fire that devasted what was left of the mighty Japanese Navy that they couldn't withdraw in time.
Truk Lagoon is in the heart of the Pacific part of the Federated States of Micronesia. The diving conditions here are also excellent and are generally shallower than at Bikini Atoll. There is relatively easy diving and Truk lagoon can be dived year-round.
- Water Temperature: Consistently warm 28-29°C/82-85°F
The tidal patterns in the lagoon can be complex but the currents around most of the wrecks are quite minimal.
Visibility changes depending where one is in the lagoon. It can drop to less than 10m/33ft in the Repair Anchorage, 20m/66ft while is expected around Uman and the 6th Fleet Anchorage, and 30m/100ft is the norm in the 4th Fleet Anchorage south of Tonoas according to the Dirty Dozen's website.
- Daytime Air Temperature: Normally Between 28-31°C/82-88°F Year Round
Galapagos Archipelago Diving
The Galapagos Archipelago offers a break from the manmade destruction of Bikini and Truk. Here it's all about the natural underwater world teeming with life. The Galapagos straddles the equator and is the only place where one can see penguins range north of the equator.
It is home to some of the most remote dive sites and is famous for having some of the best big animal diving. It is also much more than Charles Darwin, iguanas, and sharks. Here one can see giant tortoises (aged in the hundreds of years), swarms of sharks, marine iguanas grazing, penguins, and fur seals lazing around on the rocks.
Diving here is occasionally demanding but also very much rewarding. Even very experienced divers may find it challenging and it is important that divers have plenty of experience.
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- Currents: Currents Can Be Fairly Strong In Many of the Galapagos Dive Sites
- Visibility: Can be Low Due to The Huge Amount of Nutrients in the Water and the Currents
The temperature of the water is quite cool for a tropical zone (the cold ocean currents are also how the penguins got there).
- Water Temperatures: Range From 12°C to 26°C (53-78°F)
- Thermoclines: Common