Our 200 foot dock provides secure moorings for the station and visiting researchers’ boats. The station has three boats. All boats are driven by the station’s boat captains, and station guests are required to wear a personal flotation device when travelling in any of the boats. GRRS has endeavoured to maintain and promote new energy technologies, and as a result has converted all boat outboard engines to four stroke.
Koolie Gial is our 38ft Bradley skiff with two 200hp outboard engines and can transport up to 30 people to and from the atoll. Koolie Gial is also used in the atoll for larger groups and can accommodate up to 20 divers at a time. Itajara is our 26ft skiff and can accommodate up to 12 passengers or 6 divers, while Frenchie, the smallest of our skiffs at 25ft can accommodate 6 passengers or 3 divers. Both boats are for work in and around the atoll, with two and one 60hp engines, respectively. All boats come equipped with GPS, compass and safety equipment.
Snorkeling and SCUBA
The station has two dive compressors and 20 aluminium tanks and weights available for use. Station guests must bring all necessary scuba gear and equipment, with the exception of tanks and weights. Occasionally, the station can rent masks, snorkels, and fins from a neighbouring resort, but this is based on availability, and this service should not be relied upon.
It is the responsibility of our guests to comply with research station diving regulations and provide evidence of having successfully completed a certified diving program by an approved diver training organization (PADI, NAUI, etc.). All divers are required to show proof of dive insurance, such as DAN or similar. All divers are required to have a GRRS-provided Dive Master who will guide guests who use scuba as an integral part of their work. Guests who snorkel are required to have a GRRS-provided Water Safety Officer accompany them on all snorkelling excursions.
Your safety is our first priority.
Whether you are crossing the open sea or exploring the lagoon within the atoll, all trips are contingent on the weather. The final decision to postpone boat trips due to inclement weather falls on the captain and/or the Operations Manager. Please understand that any such decision, no matter how inconvenient, is based solely on your safety. You should contact the station 24-48 hours prior to travel to confirm weather conditions and timings.
A VHF radio system is in place, for communication in and around the atoll. A satellite phone is also carried on boats to and from shore in case of emergency. A comprehensive first aid kit and oxygen set for dive-related injury are maintained at the station. Life jackets will be provided on all trips to and from the atoll, and are required to be worn by all passengers.
The station also has a fixed line phone for use with phone cards, and there is wireless internet access. In case of emergency, the station can be reached at +501-532-2153 twenty-four hours a day.
A WCS Visitor Release Form will need to be signed by all passengers PRIOR to boarding the boat from the mainland.