Truk Lagoon Expedition Description
Truk Lagoon is a magical place but hard to pinpoint on a map. Hidden away in the Pacific Truk was catapulted into dive legend by Jacques Cousteau, who was the first to show the world the incredible wreck diving that could be found here. Today Truk continues to attract divers from all over the globe looking to experience that elusive combination of mind blowing wreck diving, warm water and astonishing marine life. So if this sounds like your ideal dive holiday, look no further than the Truk Lagoon Discovery.
The itinerary starts with a check dive and departs from Weno island, only a short transfer from the airport. No two weeks are ever the same but as you sail between Weno, Dublon, Fefan and Uman Islands you will stop at dive sites that have exotic and glamourous names. Dive at the Fumitsuki Maru and Yamagiri Maru. Sailing south from Weno you can then visit the Heian and Hoyo Maru. The Rio de Janiero Maru is one of the most southerly wrecks on this routing but well worth the journey down towards Uman island. The Nippo Maru on the return journey is a real highlight and one of the most famous wrecks in Truk. Splash into the clear blue water and you will see for yourself why. There are over 60 wrecks that were lost and over 250 airplanes and yet only a portion of these have still been found. Beautifully preserved, there are too many treasures to count in a single week and you will be astonished by each successive dive - they just keep on getting better.
According to Japanese tradition, merchant vessels are named Maru yet whilst the names may seem similar, each individual vessel could not be more distinctive. The Yamagiri Maru carries huge artillery shells while the tanks welded to the decks of the San Francisco Maru are unmissable. The Nippo Maru has a mighty reputation in Truk and many a photograph has been taken of her lovely wheelhouse. The bow and stern guns on the Fumitzuki destroyer are a reminder of the war which ultimately sank the entire fleet in this one location. There are airplanes too. Dive on the Betty Bomber in between dives through the holds, filled with tanks, tractors and bulldozer, of the Hoki Maru or Sankisan Maru.
The Truk Lagoon Discovery will suit any diver! Whilst the location is remote the calm waters are virtually current free and the wrecks range through all depths. From the shallowest to deep technical dives, this itinerary can be adapted to meet everyone's needs. And with total dive freedom, you can jump when you want and experience solitude underwater. No need to push through hoardes of other divers. Simply splash into a watery wonderland. Photographers should take a wide angle lens but also be prepared for excellent marine life which includes soft draping coral and sea fans or sharks and rays!
Truk simply cannot disappoint. The sheer size and scope of the diving here is unlike anywhere else in the world and this itinerary offers a truly unique experience. Coupled with the extravagant and luxurious liveaboards from which you dive, this is a dive holiday you will never want to end. So take wreck diving to a whole new level and prepare to be amazed!
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