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Truk Lagoon, Micronesia & Pacific

Scuba diving holidays in Truk Lagoon are mainly made to dive the outstanding World World II wrecks at varying depths, making it one of the best wreck scuba diving locations in the world. 800 miles to the east of Palau lies Truk lagoon encircling the islands of Chuuk. This is the location of hundreds of wrecked World War II Japanese & US ships and planes. The lagoon is sheltered allowing for calm diving conditions to leisurely explore the near intact cargo ships. Chuuk Lagoon was originally a Japanese naval based during World War II, attached by the US in 1944 resulting in the sinking of 12 warships, 32 merchant ships and 249 aircraft.

Diving
The lagoon is surrounding by encirciling reefs protecting many of the dive sites from the  Pacific waves and prevailing currents, offering dives are dives suitable for all levels of divers. The depth of wrecks varies from surface to around 35m with the famous Fujikawa Maru reaching to just over 30m. This wreck includes it original wings, wheels, guns, & artillery ammunition as well as the remains of those that perished. Japanese fighters sit close by 150m+ freighters including the 134m long Yamagiri Maru with huge gun shells. Tanks and trucks are still visible at the Nippo maru. Even submarines, such as the Heian Maur and the Gose Maru have periscopes, torpedoes & many artefacts still aboard. Well known wrecks to visit include: Rio de Janeiro Maru at 104m and listing to her port side gives great views from above. The wrecks attract a wide range of fish feeding from the coral that has grown up over the years. Several nearby reefs offer alternative diving plus snorkelling trips to the Coral Reef Sanctuaries at Fonomu and Jeep Island. Closed circuit rebreather and technical diving is available.

Culture & Activities
During the First World War Truk had been under the control of Germany. Japan, at the time, was part of the Allied Forces that stood against Germany. Consequently, In 1914 Imperial Japan acquired control of the Islands of Truk. Truk Lagoon provided Japan an excellent natural harbor that could accommodate the largest ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Concentrated fortifications were built throughout the islands that encircled Truk Lagoon.

 

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Diving Conditions

Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

 

Best Time: Year round.

Average Air temps: 27-32°C

Average Water temps: 22-29°C

Visibility: 10-30m

Top Dive Sites: Famous Fujikawa Maru at just over 30m, Yamagiri Maru freighter (134m length),Heian Maur & Gose Maru submarines. Plus many aircraft wrecks at shallower depths.

Great Reasons to Dive in Truk Lagoon

  • World class wreck diving.
  • WWII Japanese & US plane, submarine & ship wrecks.
  • Many intact wreck features plus tanks, trucks, guns & artifacts.
  • Reefs with varied marine life.
  • Shallow sites.
  • Liveaboard and shore based options.
  • Closed circuit rebreather and technical diving.

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.