Diving in Truk Lagoon
Diving in Truk Lagoon or actually Chuuk lagoon located in the Federated States of Micronesia in the western Pacific offers magical wreck diving. The Micronesian Federation is divided into four states and consists of about 600 islands. Truk Lagoon is widely regarded as one of the world's best wreck diving sites.
Chuuk Islands
In Chuuk-State are the Chuuk Islands which consist of about 70 islands. These islands form a lagoon which, during World War II battles, became known as Truk Lagoon. The archipelago was used as an air and naval base by Japan until 2, when the United States captured the area. The capital city of Weno also has a museum with relics from the wrecks which is worth a visit.
The wrecks in Truk Lagoon
When the United States captured Truk Lagoon in February 1944, 60 ships and 275 aircraft sank to the bottom during the extensive bombing. Many of the ships were merchant ships with cargo. All this can now be viewed on the bottom of the sea. In the 60s, the place became famous, among other things, through Jacques Cousteau's diving expeditions there. Read more about some of the wrecks here. Read more about some of the wrecks here.
Diving paradise
Sports divers have been visiting Truk Lagoon since the 70s for the opportunity to dive among all these wrecks. Many of the wrecks lie at shallow depths and visibility is usually very good. The area is quiet and there are not many currents. This makes Truk Lagoon a diving paradise for sport divers.
Wreck diving in Truk Lagoon
Since the number of wrecks is so incredibly large, you can easily dive for two weeks in Truk Lagoon without getting tired of diving. Every day there are new experiences and new wrecks to explore. In or on many of the wrecks you will find cars, wagons, cannons, weapons and ammunition. There is great variation in the depths where the wrecks lie. Several wrecks lie shallow and some lie deep. Depending on your training, you can dive with both nitrox and trimix. Both are available from us.
Fish and wildlife
It's easy to forget the amazing wildlife that also exists in Truk Lagoon. When you do your wreck dives, you will also see a lot of corals and sponges that have grown on the wrecks. It is therefore actually possible to make dives that are really good without wrecks, if you want to have a bit of a change.
Shark and Manta
During certain periods there are manta rays here, and at some of the dive sites you have a very good chance of seeing a shark. With the right timing and a bit of luck, you can even see a lot of sharks in Truk Lagoon.
Don't wait too long
The wrecks in Truk Lagoon are regularly examined and it is feared that many of the wrecks will partially collapse due to corrosion in the near future. Therefore, it is a good idea to dive there as soon as possible to make the most of the best wreck diving destination in the world.
Truk Lagoon offers fantastic opportunities for further education. Our nitrox course allows you to dive further on the shallow wrecks, and a better place for a wreck dive specialist course is hard to find. Please pre-book your course before you go so that you are guaranteed a place - Hotels and liveaboards in Truk
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