Chuuk Kensho Maru Corals

Chuuk Truk Lagoon Micronesia

Unique wreck diving in Chuuk Lagoon (Truk Lagoon) Micronesia

If you want to do a special dive trip, I can recommend awesome wreck diving in Chuuk Lagoon. Also known as the biggest graveyard of ships in the world.
There you will find wrecks which are easy to dive. These protected and beautifully coral encrusted wrecks are not only for wreck diving lovers. But also for divers who otherwise would not pay attention to wrecks.
The wrecks also attract a diverse array of marine life like turtles, sharks and manta rays. The shipwrecks and remains of Chuuk Lagoon are sometimes referred to as the “Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon”.

Chuuk Fujikawa Maru Deck
Fujikawa Maru Deck

 

Chuuk Sankisan Maru Vehicle
Sankisan Maru Vehicle

Lagoon of Chuuk Truk Lagoon

The famous WWII wrecks lie in the sheltered tropical lagoon of Chuuk. The wrecks can be well dived all year round, there are almost no currents.

Chuuk Lagoon Memorial

The whole area has been declared a memorial and it is forbidden to remove items from the wrecks. Tropical waters have transformed the sunken warships into a colorful underwater world for many years.

Chuuk Fujikawa Maru Plaque
Fujikawa Maru Plaque

History

Due to the protected lagoon this is an ideal natural harbor. The Japanese set up their largest naval base in the Pacific during World War II. In 1944, the Japanese were attacked by the Americans. In this operation Hailstone, the Japanese fleet was almost completely destroyed by heavy air attacks. The attack was 15 times stronger than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Over 60 warships, transport ships and many aircrafts were sunk within 2 days. It is a unique underwater museum with tanks, trucks, planes, mines and bombs. Furthermore, machine guns, periscopes, torpedoes and more.

Chuuk Yamagiri Barrels
Yamagiri Barrels
Chuuk Kiyosumi Bombs
Kiyosumi Bombs

Easy to dive

It is a relatively easy dive site as most of the wrecks lie at a depth of 15 to 30 meters. From the surface of the water you can already see the superstructures of the ships.

Chuuk Fujikawa Maru
Fujikawa Maru
Chuuk Heinan Maru Corals
Heinan Maru Corals

Best travel time

The most ideal travel time is from January to April. You can travel the most commonly used route via Manila and Guam to Truk Lagoon. It is best to connect this diving area with the nearby islands of Palau and Yap. Please check with your local travel agent.

Recommended documents

Scuba Diving: medical certificate (not older than 6 months), diving certificate, Nitrox certificate, own diving equipment, scuba diving insurance, DAN.
General: cancellation insurance, travel insurance, accident insurance, foreign health insurance.

Scuba Diving equipment

The water temperatures are between 27 ° C and 29 ° C. If available take your own complete diving equipment with 3-5mm neoprene wetsuit with you. As well as torch and camera.

Climate

Warm, tropical climate. Light clothes, sunscreen is recommended.

Accommodation and diving center

For example Truk Stop Hotel and Dive Center, Truk Blue Lagoon Resort.

Chuuk Nippo Maru Lantern
Nippo Maru Lanter

See also other interesting posts about river diving in southern Switerland. Cenotes scuba diving in Tulum Mexico. Diving the bomber wreck B17 in Calvi Corsica.

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