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Truk Lagoon

BEST DIVE ADVICE

All year round destination – land based for comfort and value. Typical itinerary shown below.

 On the morning of February 17, 1944 "Operation Hailstone" a surprise attack by United States Navy aircraft caught merchant vessels and warships in Truk Lagoon. 400 tons of bombs and torpedo were dropped. Attacks continued on February 18, 1944. A total of forty ships were sunk and thousands of Japanese lives were lost. Ten weeks later, a second successful raid sank more ships. For more than two years after the war, oil from the sunken ships covered the beaches and reefs.

Truk is the best wreck diving in the world overall because of the numerous wrecks and their preservation and beauty. Depths vary from the surface to in excess of 75 metres. You can penetrate into the wrecks but you can't remove any artefacts. Caustic substances like high octane aviation fuel, oils, gasoline and acid exist on many of the wrecks. Explosives, mines, munitions, detonators, torpedoes and shells are still "live". The wrecks of Truk Lagoon are war graves. Strict policies exist that prevent the removal of any artefacts or marine life from the wrecks. The Trukese hope to preserve their lagoon as an underwater living monument and museum of the war.

 Blue Lagoon Resort

 The Blue Lagoon Resort is situated on the southwest corner of Weno Island, in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia, just north of most of the famous wrecks in the world. The resort has 54 large rooms, each with a private balcony with an “ocean view” over Truk Lagoon, air-con, en-suite with bath and shower. Blue Lagoon Resort faces west and therefore the sunsets are truly spectacular whilst you enjoy a cold beverage from the bar.

 During World War II, the resort was used by the Imperial Japanese Command, and as a result, there are many wartime relics on the property. All meals are served in the main restaurant that overlooks the lovely landscaped garden and the lagoon. The resort has internet and Wi-Fi availability.

The on-site dive centre is the largest facility in Chuuk, and caters for novice, sport, advanced, technical and the high intensity wreck diver. The facility can offer air, Nitrox or mixed gas and caters for re-breather divers. The dive centre offers 250 x 12 liter aluminum cylinders and 10 dive boats to ensure continual diving and plenty of un-crowded space. The multiple dive boats ensure smaller groups, maximum flexibility and personalized dive guide attention.

Besides the spectacular diving, the resort also offers snorkeling, fishing trips and interesting land/island tours, and even a day out to one of the uninhabited islands in the lagoon for a picnic barbeque, snorkeling and relaxing.

Water activities are a year round experience as water temperatures range from 27C – 30C, with visibility at its worst of 10m but generally averages 25m. Truk Lagoon is an all year round destination anddiving is possible at any time of year and in the tropical climate the rain never lasts long.

 DIVE SITES

Truk Lagoon is recognized as the world's greatest wreck diving destination and for good reason. More than 60 World War II Japanese war ships and aircraft were sunk during Operation Hailstone in February of 1944 and now rest peacefully on the floor of Truk Lagoon. All of these sunken monuments are accessible to the scuba diver - most at a depth suitable for the novice or sport diver. Travel time from the resort to most of these wrecks is less than 15 minutes.

The most commonly visited or favorite wrecks chosen by divers are

 

Aikoku Maru

Amagisan Maru

Betty Bomber

Fujikawa Maru

Fujisan Maru

Emily Flying Boat

Fumitsuki Maru

Gosei Maru

Heian Maru

Hoki Maru

Hokuyo Maru

I-169 Submarine

Kensho Maru

Kiyosumi Maru

Momokawa Maru

Nippo Maru

Rio De Janerio Maru

San Francisco Maru

Sankisan Maru

Seiko Maru

Shinkoku Maru

Hanakawa Maru

Yamagiri Maru

Unkai Maru No.6

Nagano Maru

Oite

Reiyo Maru

Hoyo Maru

Yubae Maru

The Lighter

Reef diving is one of Chuuk’s best kept secrets because the focus and thrill of diving Truk Lagoon is the wrecks. Truth is, Chuuk has miles and miles of mostly unexplored reef and on the rare occasion a diver decides to dive a reef dive they see a wide variety of big and small fish, turtles, and vibrant corals. It is further to the reef than any of the wrecks so it is usually a single trip in the morning or the afternoon.

You can see sharks on many of the wrecks on any given day in fact, the Shinkoku Maru has what is called “a resident shark” that can be seen on most dives. But, Shark Island just a 15-minute boat ride and is the best shark dive in Chuuk.

 SAMPLE ITINERARY

 Wednesday – depart 14h35 Johannesburg – arrive Singapore 07h00

Thursday – depart 09h30 Singapore – arrive Manila 13h05 (Day room optional extra)

Thursday – depart 22h55 Manila – arrive Guam 04h45

Friday – depart Guam 09h00 – arrive Truk 10h44

 Friday - Saturday – 8 nights’ accommodation at Blue Lagoon Resort including return hotel/airport transfers, 7 days diving (2 dives daily with one tank each dive)

Saturday – depart 14h21 Truk – arrive 15h55 Guam

Saturday – depart 18h55 Guam – arrive 20h44 Manila

 Saturday – overnight in Manila at central hotel with air-conditioning room only, with return hotel/airport transfers and a late check-out from the hotel.

 Sunday – depart 18h50 Manila – arrive 22h20 Singapore

Monday – depart 02h10 Singapore – arrive 07h00 Johannesburg

 NB! – It is recommended that all divers have at least an Advanced Diving or above qualification and have dived within the last 6 months. All divers must dive with dive computers, and produce their dive certification cards and logbooks on request.