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Truk (Chuuk Lagoon)

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Truk Master

For a diving holiday full of comfort and adventure.

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.

The Truk Master is the newest liveaboard in Truk, previously known as the Astral Star she will launch in February 2016 to offer year round diving to world class wrecks. She departs from Weno and offers 7 and 10 night itineraries exploring a number of sites around Truk Lagoon. The experienced captain, friendly crew and dive masters will lead you through the trip whilst helping with any questions or queries you may have regarding the boat or the itinerary.

The Truk Master comfortably accommodates 16 guests in 8 double cabins located over the lower, main and upper deck. All cabins come with an en-suite shower room, TV/DVD, cupboards and an air conditioning unit with individual climate controls. The food aboard is a variety of international and local cuisine suiting the needs of most customers. Any dietary requirements must be stated at the time of booking so the chef can adhere to any guest’s needs.

The large dining area has tables and chairs providing ample space for all divers to enjoy their meals throughout the day. The lounge is furnished with cushioned seating and a plasma screen making it the perfect place to relax after a long day’s diving. The sundeck and shaded outdoor seating area is a great place to take in the oceanic views and catch up with fellow divers. The dive deck has individual gear lockers, a camera table, charging stations, rinse tanks and freshwater showers.

The Ultimate Diving team will offer you the best flight connections at the time of booking at an additional cost

Standard Twin Stateroom

There are 7 twin cabins available that are en suite and have individually controlled air conditioning units.

  • Amenities such as a hair dryer and a personal safe provided
  • Bathrobes and towels are provided

Double Cabin

There is 1 double cabin, which is en suite and has an individually controlled air conditioning unit as well as a wall fan.

  • Double bed
  • Amenities include a personal safe and a hair dryer
  • Bathrobes, bath towels and hand towels included

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Take a step back in time while diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon, in the company of schooling pelagics amongst the surrounding coral reef.

Truk is best known for its world-class wreck diving and with over 60 wrecks tightly packed into a coral reef lagoon. It is easy to appreciate why divers travel to this area time and time again. During WWII, the Japanese fleet used Truk as one of their main locations for attacks on the allied forces but in 1944 the American led “Operation Hailstone” surprised the fleet resulting in the plethora of dive sites which we can see there today. Many historical artifacts such as medicine bottles can be found along with the fighter planes. The wrecks themselves are encrusted with corals while the surrounding coral reef exhibits schooling pelagics as well as deep channels and pinnacles.

The boat has 3 spacious decks, where 16 guests can comfortably relax and enjoy the smooth sailing. She has 8 modern en-suite cabins and dinner is served buffet style in the middle deck dining room. For photographers, there is an extended camera charging station and additional storage for each individual’s personal items.

Vessel Details

Year Built Refitted in 2015
Guest Numbers 16
Length & Beam 32 metres long and a 7.5 metre beam
Speed 10 knots
Engines 2 x MTU 6062 475HP
Generators 2 x john deere 75KW, 1 x john deere 45KW and 1 x john deere 15KW
Number of Cabins 8 double air conditioned cabins
Navigation & Communication Systems SSB radio telephones, VHF radio, weather facsimile unit, multi band radio receiver, hand held portable VHF, comsat terminal, broadband backup, color video plotters, auto pilot and compass
Salon & Dining Area Large dining area with tables and chairs
Entertainment TV/DVD media centre, bar and stereo
Single Supplement 100%
Air Compressors 3 x coltri-sub M16
NITROX Nitrox available for certified divers - USD100 for 7 nights and USD150 for 10 nights
Equipment Rental Equipment rental available aboard - see price list below
Medical Oxygen & First Aid Medic First Aid Kit and oxygen system available aboard
Dive Deck Large dive deck with camera table, rinse tanks and fresh water showers
Aluminium Aluminium 100 cu ft (15L) USD6
Manifold Manifold Aluminium 80 cu ft (12lt) USD12
Manifold Manifold Aluminium 63 cu ft (10lt) USD12
Rebreather Rebreather 3L Cylinders USD12
Rebreather Rebreather 2L Cylinders USD12
All 7 nights USD175 and 10 nights USD225
Regulator 7 nights USD105 and 10 nights USD150
Computer 7 nights USD60 and 10 nights USD80
BCD 7 nights USD105 and 10 nights USD150
Mask 7 nights USD35 and 10 nights USD50
Fins & Boots 7 nights USD70 and 10 nights USD100
Wetsuit 7 nights USD70 and 10 nights USD100
Note The equipment rental prices listed above are per person per charter and are payable aboard before your departure

Available Experiences

Resorts for Multi-Centre

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

What Our Customers Have To Say

Reviews from our Clients, Journalists, Photo Pro's and our own Experts

Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate of the holiday is exactley what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

Truk Master, BLR & Tokyo

Having used Ultimate Dive for many years I will never use another company. Attention to detail, accuracy, support and dedication are a few words to summarise. Marcelina is dedicated to the client and goes beyond what is expected to ensure a perfect experience.

Sandra & Kim

Truk Master and BLR

The diving. Well what can I say. For anyone who enjoys diving wrecks, I fail to see how this coud be beaten. Up to 4 dives per day, I did 30 dives John 32 out of a possible 34. Average depths 30 – 40 meters. The conditions made the diving very easy. No current, good viz, (though the sea itself was often quite milky) easy bouancy and good dive guides. All this made decompression almost a pleasure. Clarity of the water inside the wrecks was incredible and with the help of Dave our guide we penetrated deep into the wrecks including a number of enine rooms. John has become an engine room junkie. So I think you will have guessed that this was one of my best dive holidays ever.

Paul, M

Fujikawa Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

The Fujikawa Maru was a passenger cargo ship that is now sitting upright in Truk Lagoon. Aircraft parts, fuel drums, shells, guns and many artifacts in forward holds. Very interesting engine room and huge deck guns on bow and stern. Good coral growth and fish life.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 37m

Fumitsuki

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

A Mutsuki class destroyer, the Fumitsuki is 336 feet long and weighs 1,300 tons. Discovered in 1987 by Japanese photojournalist Tomoyuki Yoshimura, the Fumitsuki is the last ship to be found in the Lagoon. The ship sank upright after a bomb exploded her aft section. She rests at depths of between 120 and 140 feet. The once pristine bridge has, unfortunately, been destroyed.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Shinkoku Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

This 10,000-ton oil tanker, built in 1939, is one of the more popular dive sites. The Shinkoku was one of the fleet tankers that refuelled the Japanese carrier force en route to Pearl Harbour. The ship lies on an even keel at a depth of 40 feet to the bridge and 120 feet to the bottom. A wide array of well-preserved artefacts can be seen.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Gosei Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

Once a transport ship, the 269 foot long ship can be seen resting on her port side approximately 500 yards east of Uman Island. She is known locally as the Òdiagonal ship. One of her holds contained torpedoes as late as 1976, when demolition experts detonated the remaining.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

San Francisco Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

This medium-size freighter, built in 1919, carried military equipment, including anti-ship mines, trucks, half-tracks, and small tanks before it was sunk in the February 1944 air raids. It is located about 160 feet deep, and divers who can handle deep dives will be rewarded with a 75-millimeter bow gun, the ship’s bell and an open safe.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

The I-169 Submarine

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

While replenishing fuel & supplies in April 1944, a warning of an American air raid sent this submarine to the bottom to wait until the raid was over. The sub failed to resurface and investigation by a diver found a storm ventilation tube open and the control room flooded. Salvage operations failed and the entire crew perished. The Japanese 6th fleet command blew up the I-169 with depth charges to prevent its being compromised by impending American invasion forces.

According to Klaus Lindemann's Hailstorm over Truk Lagoon guide, "points of interest on this ship are: aftship with conning tower sagged to port. Cables forward were part of degaussing device. Large double exhaust systems, two access hatches, tripod mast.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 40m

The Yamagiri Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

A large combined freighter/passenger liner, the Yamagiri is lying on her port side. The wreck is fairly intact with the superstructure and pilot house interesting and accessible. Hold No. 5 contains 35.6cm (14") shells for second-line Japanese battleships, a steamroller and construction equipment.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 34m

Rio de Janeiro Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

This passenger liner, used as a transport and sub tender, rests on its starboard side. It is on an incline with the stern deeper than the bow. A twin engine ship, the screws and rudder offer an excellent photo opportunity, as does the large 6 in/15 cm stern gun. The raised letter name below the stern rail is still visible. Cargo includes coastal defence guns, oil/gasoline drums and a hold of beer bottles. The engine room is large to accommodate the twin engines but requires special skills to penetrate.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Amagisan Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

A combined passenger and cargo ship, the Amagisan Maru suffered torpedo and bomb damage. It lies on sloping bottom with the stern deeper than the bow. Hold number 2 contains a car and other cargo and there is a photogenic bow gun. The superstructure and particularly the pilot house area are interesting to explore.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 61m

Sankisan Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

The Sankisan Maru is a freighter that contained aircraft engines, medical supplies & several trucks. This is a popular dive and frequently visited. The masts contain heavy growth of soft coral and large anemones can be found anchored to debris on the deck. A dive between 50-80 feet is easily managed by divers and its protected location in the lagoon makes it a good dive even during bad weather.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 26m

Nippo Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

This cargo ship served as a Naval Auxiliary Water Carrier and sank upright with a slight list to port. Deck cargo consists of trucks & a battle tank forward of the bridge, with four light anti-tank guns aft. A full battery of 5 in/12 cm. guns rest in the aft hold. This has one of the most picturesque bridges in Truk. The helm & telegraph are both set well forward & provide an outstanding photo opportunity

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 50m

Kensho Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

This passenger/cargo ship sunk upright with a 15/20 degree list to port. The vessel was under repair at that time & there is little to be found in the holds. Many artefacts, however, can be found on the bridge & superstructure. The main attraction is the engine room which has good ambient light & is relatively easy to access. Penetrating to the lower engine room requires special skill. It is here that wrench/spanner sets, mounted on both the fore & aft bulkheads, can be seen.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Hoki Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

This captured New Zealand vessel (M/V Hauraki) sunk upright with a slight list to port. Except for the bow & forecastle the fore ship was destroyed by an aviation gasoline explosion. The midship and bridge are devastated but contain pockets of interesting artefacts. The aft holds contain an assortment of construction equipment & supplies. Caterpillar tractors, tow tractor, stack bed trucks, dump trucks, steam roller & a motor scraper are on the two levels of #5 hold. Bombs & their fuses, aircraft engines & propeller blades, ship propeller blades, navigation light lens, acid carboys & oil/gasoline drums are in #4. Skin sting/burn has been reported in the bottom of this hold.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 53m

Heian Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

The former passenger and cargo luxury liner was converted to use as a submarine tender. Laying on its port side, its name, in both Kanji & English characters, is a great photo opportunity. Entering the forward hold through the specially modified hatch cover over one dozen 24 in/60 cm. diameter Long Lance torpedoes can be found. Periscopes lay in two companionways on levels below & aft of the bridge. Many artefacts can be found throughout this wreck.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 36m

Betty Bomber

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

A Mitsubishi G4M 'Betty' Bomber aircraft lies on the seabed at 18m and is surrounded by schooling fish. Nicknamed 'The Flying Cigar' for its shape but also because the aircraft lit up when it was shot, as the fuel tanks were unprotected.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Aikoku Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

Aikoku Maru was an armed merchant cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. The ship entered service in 1940, the ship was later converted to an ammunition ship. She was destroyed in February 1944.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Wreck Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Hanakawa Maru

Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

Passenger Cargo ship sitting upright. Fuel drums, cement bags in the holds; this wreck is smothered in soft corals.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Wreck Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
7 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,195
7 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
14 Oct 2018
21 Oct 2018
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
14 Oct 2018
21 Oct 2018
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,195
21 Oct 2018
27 Oct 2018
6 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £2,950
11 Nov 2018
18 Nov 2018
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
12 Dec 2018
22 Dec 2018
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,495
12 Dec 2018
22 Dec 2018
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,395
9 Jan 2019
19 Jan 2019
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,345
9 Jan 2019
19 Jan 2019
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,795
27 Jan 2019
6 Feb 2019
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,795
6 Feb 2019
16 Feb 2019
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,495
6 Feb 2019
16 Feb 2019
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,345
16 Feb 2019
23 Feb 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
16 Feb 2019
23 Feb 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,195
24 Feb 2019
3 Mar 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,395
24 Feb 2019
3 Mar 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
4 Mar 2019
11 Mar 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,395
4 Mar 2019
11 Mar 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
1 Dec 2019
8 Dec 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,195
1 Dec 2019
8 Dec 2019
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
18 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,345
18 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,795
29 Dec 2019
8 Jan 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,795
29 Dec 2019
8 Jan 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,345
8 Jan 2020
18 Jan 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,345
8 Jan 2020
18 Jan 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,795
19 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,195
19 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £3,095
29 Jan 2020
8 Feb 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,345
29 Jan 2020
8 Feb 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,795
16 Feb 2020
26 Feb 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £4,795
16 Feb 2020
26 Feb 2020
10 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Standard Twin Stateroom £4,345
20 Dec 2020
27 Dec 2020
7 Nights Truk Lagoon Safari Double Cabin £3,395