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Micronesia – Truk Lagoon

Truk Lagoon : Ex Sydney 

Sat 14 Sep 2019    PX2           SYDNEY                      08:10          PORT MORESBY             11:10         Same day

Sat 14 Sep 2019    PX74         PORT MORESBY           14:00          TRUK                             17:00         Same day

8 nights Truk

Sun 22 Sep 2019   PX75         TRUK                          08:30          PORT MORESBY             11:30         Same day

Sun 22 Sep 2019   PX1           PORT MORESBY           14:00          SYDNEY                         18:55         Same day

Chuuk Atoll, (also Known as Truk) in the Caroline Islands is infamous for its giant lagoon. The lagoon is the final resting place for more than 100 ships, planes and submarines – the legacy of a fierce World War II battle between the Imperial Japanese Fleet and Allied carrier planes. The lagoon has been declared an underwater museum.

Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, situated in shallow clear water. Many of the wrecks are visible while snorkelling and there are many on-shore wartime locations to visit.

The majority of the wrecks lie off DubIon, Eten, Fefan and Uman Islands and represent the largest naval loss in history. Their cargoes of tanks, trucks, airplanes, mines, bombs, machine gun bullets and thousands of other artefacts including beautiful china are there still to be explored.

The warm, tropical waters and prolific marine life has transformed the wrecks into artificial reefs and beautiful coral gardens. The main island of Weno (formerly Moen) is the capital and commercial centre.

Scuba Diving in Truk

Truk is indisputably a Diver’s Mecca, suitable for both novice and experienced divers. The calm, clear, sheltered lagoon is one of the largest in the world and being relatively free of currents, providing safe, easy diving conditions.

Some of the most popular wrecks in Truk are:

Fujikawa Maru

A 132m (436 feet) armed aircraft ferry with six holds, four of which are open. One of the most fascinating dives in Truk Lagoon. There are incomplete zero fighters in the number 2 hold large deck guns on the bow and stern. Depth to deck is only 15 meters.

Submarine 1-169

Lying on its port side in about 38 meters of water, it is 104.7m (343½ feet) long. During the April air raid the submarine submerged to avoid damage. Unfortunately the valves were not closed during this manoeuvre and the sub sunk.

Shinkoku Maru

One of the most colourful and spectacular dives. This vessel is well preserved. Small guns are mounted fore and aft. The ship is upright in about 38 metres of water, 12 metres to the top of the bridge and 20 meters to the main deck.

Susuki Maru

Destroyer, subchaser lying on its port side. Bow in 3 meters of water, stern with propellers in 15 meters. Gas masks and depth charges still scattered on the deck.

Rio De Janeiro Maru

A 141 m (463 feet) cargo vessel converted from a luxury passenger liner. The holds contain supplies ranging from beer bottles to guns and other military supplies. The ship is lying on its starboard side with it’s deck only 15 meters from the surface.

 

Weather in Truk

Chuuk’s tropical oceanic climate is consistently warm and humid, with some of the most uniform year-round temperatures in the world. Most days it is around 27°C. Some days it gets up to 32°C and sometimes the temperature may drop to 21°C. It is a little drier, cooler and breezier between December and April. The wettest months are October and November. Typhoon season is between August and December but Chuuk rarely gets a direct hit from a typhoon.

The sheltered waters of Truk Lagoon provide a most comfortable dive location with the water temperature normally between 28-29°C, no thermoclines or currents and good visibility between 12 – 30 metres.

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