Truk Lagoon

The best place in the world for wreck diving, dive the huge wrecks left over from WWII.

Truk is a wreck diving mecca. The WWII wrecks in the area are second to none. The leftovers of the war have left aircraft carriers, planes and tanks and much more to explore!

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Truk is a wreck diver’s paradise, suitable for both novice and experienced divers. The calm, clear, sheltered lagoon is relatively free from currents, providing safe, easy diving conditions. The Truk Lagoon ocean floor holds an entire Japanese fleet frozen in time, where it sank in February 1944. Complete with sake cups and skeletons, jeeps and tanks tied on board, and fighter planes still waiting in their holds, the wrecks have been declared an underwater museum.

These days the battle scars, WWII ruins and underwater wrecks attract dive enthusiasts to these remote islands. As the lagoon has been declared a monument, salvage and souvenir taking of relics are prohibited by law.

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Marcelina

Friday, 09 December 2016

Paul, M – Truk Master and Blue Lagoon Resort

One of my best dive holidays ever.

Paul, M – Truk Master and Blue Lagoon Resort

Expert

Wrecks

Year round

Truk (Chuuk Lagoon)

UD Rating – 4 Star

MY Odyssey Liveaboard

Micronesia, Truk Lagoon

Land or Liveaboard based in Truk? The main difference is that on a liveaboard you can dive just you and your buddy on these huge wrecks. Each trip includes shark spotting dives on the outer reefs. MY Odyssey Liveaboard takes 16 guests on these adventures!

  • Max 16 guests / up to 5 dives per day
  • Free Nitrox for certified divers
  • Full board including beer and wine
  • Dive the WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon
  • Dive big wrecks with your buddy
  • Visit the outer reefs for a shark dive

Expert

Wrecks

Year round

Truk (Chuuk Lagoon)

UD Rating – 3 Star

SS Thorfinn

Micronesia, Truk Lagoon

SS Thorfinn is one of the world’s best equipped liveaboards, having explored Micronesia since 1982 she now offers 7 night itineraries departing every Saturday from Weno exploring a number of sites around Truk Lagoon.

  • Maximum 20 guests
  • Up to 5 dives per day
  • 7 night itineraries
  • Dive from two 10 metre tenders
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive Truk Lagoon WWII wrecks

Expert

Wrecks

Year round

Truk (Chuuk Lagoon)

UD Rating – 5 Star

Truk Master

Micronesia, Truk Lagoon

The Truk Master is the newest liveaboard in Truk, previously known as the Astral Star she launched in February 2016 to offer year round diving to world class WWII wrecks in Truk Lagoon.

  • Maximum 16 guests
  • Up to 4 dives per day
  • 7 and 10 night itineraries
  • Land tours available
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive Truk Lagoon WWII wrecks

Advanced

Jan - Dec

10 Nights

Wrecks & Corals

From £3400

Truk Lagoon 10 Nights

Micronesia, Truk Lagoon

Book a place on our amazing Wreck diving 10 night Truk from £3400. Truk is a wreck diver’s paradise, suitable for both novice and experienced divers. The calm, clear, sheltered lagoon is relatively free from currents, providing safe, easy diving conditions.

  • Finest wreck diving destination
  • Technical and rebreather diving available
  • Group discounts available
  • Truk is home to an entire Japanese fleet
  • Transit stopovers available on request
  • Beautiful soft coral & abundant life

Advanced

Dec - Apr

12 Nights

Wrecks & Mantas

From £4300

Truk Lagoon and Yap Twin Centre 12 nights

Micronesia, Yap

Why not combine Truk which is a well-known wreck diver’s paradise, suitable for both novice and experienced divers with Yap the world famous diving destination for its large population of resident manta rays.

  • Combine the best of 2 worlds
  • WWII wrecks in Truk and Mantas in Yap
  • Trip of a lifetime, one to the bucket list
  • The finest wreck diving destination
  • Group discounts available
  • Transit stopovers available on request

3 Stars

Jan - Dec

29 Hours

Advanced

From £ 2500

Truk Blue Lagoon Resort

Micronesia, Truk Lagoon

The Truk Blue Lagoon Resort is an oceanfront retreat with magnificent views of the world most famous lagoon and surrounding islands just minutes away from Chuuk airport.

  • Dive centre on-site
  • Great for groups and clubs
  • Beachfront location
  • Room only basis
  • 54 modern air-conditioned rooms
  • Standard and Superior room types

Blue Lagoon


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Walk or take a taxi for a few dollars and enjoy this beautiful beach.

Truk Land Tour


Tour Type: Adventure Tours

Arrange a land tour and visit WWII Relics.

The Body Shop Spa


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

This Body Shop has nothing to do with automotive repair but rather everything to do with rejuvenating your body, mind and spirit after a long, tiring flight to Chuuk, a full day of diving, or just closing up a hectic business day.

Destination Fact File

The best place in the world for wreck diving, dive the huge wrecks left over from WWII.

Diving in Truk Lagoon is world famous for the quality of its wrecks. There are over 100 ships and planes under the water within a few square Kilometres.

From their watery grave, these ghostly skeletons give shape to a unique underwater museum. Giant ships of war rest in eerie silence among bombs, torpedoes, guns, tanks, planes, telegraphs, china, bicycles, shoes, trucks and giant 18” warheads.

Nature and time have softened and transformed this graveyard into living shipwrecks of incredible colour and marine life. Brilliant soft corals in all colours, anemones, daisy corals and sponges now cling to rusted remnants of military glory and many species of tropical fish play amongst once lethal weapons.

The majority of the wrecks lies off Dublon, Eten, Fefan and Uman Islands and represent the largest naval loss in history. Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, situated in shallow, clear water. Many of the wrecks are visible to snorkelers and there are many on-shore wartime locations to visit.

Reef diving is one of Truk’s best kept secrets because the focus and thrill of diving Truk Lagoon is the wrecks. Truth is, Truk 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.

Getting There



It is a really long trip from the UK but so worth it! There are daily flights from London Heathrow to Manila in the Philippines with various airlines. On arrival in Manila, depending on flight connection times you can take an evening flight to Truk via Guam, the central hub for all Continental Micronesia flights. Please note that transit times through Manila and Guam can be long and sometimes in excess of 12 hours. Overnights and day rooms can be arranged to make your journey more relaxing.

While in Guam, there’s a really good Irish Bar for sitting and chatting, a TGI’s for those less adventurous in eating out and some really good local restaurants. The beach is also really close to the hotel so you can just relax and unwind, visit the local shops and restaurants all along the promenade. Be sure you check the pedestrian access as it isn’t well sign-posted. You can also go swimming and snorkelling during your stop-over.



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

Fujikawa Maru is a 135 metre long Japanese freighter which served as an aircraft ferry. She sits upright on the sea floor with the upper decks covered in brilliant soft corals. Lionfish, blennys, anemones with clownfish make this wreck one of the most popular dives in Truk Lagoon. The cargo hold contains parts for Zero fighters including props, wings, fuselages as well as aircraft guns, machine gun bullets and sake bottles.

Nippo Maru is a 108 metre long freighter sitting upright. Depth 50 to 150 feet. There is little coral due to depth but this ship has the best preserved wheelhouse in the lagoon. Artillery guns, a tank, land mines and 2 trucks.

Shinkoku Maru is a 153 metre long tanker sitting upright on the sea floor. One of the most beautiful wrecks for coral growth. Her wheelhouse and forward deck are covered with soft corals and sponges in shade of red, yellow, pink and white. Expect schools of tropical fish in the shallow areas of this wreck.

Plane Wrecks - Approximately 250 airplanes were destroyed in the lagoon. Shipwrecks are the main attraction of the diving in Truk Lagoon but there are also many warplanes at relatively shallow depths that are ideal for 2nd and 3rd dives later in a diving day. Some of the notable airplane wrecks are: Upside Down Zero, an attack fighter in 18 metres of water. A Mitsubishi A6M5 carrier fighter given the name "Zero" by the Allied forces. Betty Bomber, a Mitsubishsi G4M1 attack bomber given the code name "Betty". 20 metres long with a 25 metre wingspan in 15 metres of water.

“Shark Island” - Just a 15-minute boat ride, this is the best shark dive in Truk. This area is actually a cleaning station for sharks and a great dive to watch the activity and behaviour of sharks during this process. Submerged in 18 meters of water dive up close and personal with some dozen or so sharks.

Destination Details

International Flights It is a really long trip from the UK but so worth it! There are daily flights from London Heathrow to Manila in the Philippines with various airlines. On arrival in Manila, depending on flight connection times you can take an evening flight to Truk via Guam, the central hub for all Continental Micronesia flights. Please note that transit times through Manila and Guam can be long and sometimes in excess of 12 hours.
Transit & Overnights Overnights and day rooms can be arranged to make your journey more relaxing. While in Guam, there’s a really good Irish Bar for sitting and chatting, a TGI’s for those less adventurous in eating out and some really good local restaurants. The beach is also really close to the hotel so you can just relax and unwind, visit the local shops and restaurants all along the promenade. Be sure you check the pedestrian access as it isn’t well sign-posted. You can also go swimming and snorkelling during your stop-over.
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.

Transfer time to the Resort is approximately 15 minutes.
Dive Season October to April are the best months to dive Truk although this Ghost underwater world can be dived all year round.
Visa From 1st April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). All passports issued by Visa Waiver Program countries since October 2006 are ePassports and carry the internationally recognised symbol on the front cover:

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Truk Lagoon is a sheltered body of water in the central Pacific. The WWII wrecks in the area are second to none. The leftovers of the war have left aircraft carriers, planes and tanks and much more to explore! Let’s explore this area of the world!

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