Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon Liveaboard Diving
Liveaboard Diving For Technical Wreck Divers On Deep World War II Wrecks In Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon
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Liveaboard Diving in Truk Lagoon
Truk Lagoon liveaboard diving is about the best wreck diving in the world on Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon’s ghost fleet sunk during Operation Hailstone in World War II. Pacific Ocean Chuuk Lagoon is a wreck divers mecca with some wrecks over 60 metres (197 feet) deep and filled with historical war artifacts.
Truk Lagoon liveaboard diving is the perfect place for wreck lovers, as Truk/Chuuk Lagoon is a Mecca for wreck and technical divers. Chuuk Lagoon as “Truk Lagoon” is now called is in Micronesia, and Chuuk Lagoon is in the state of Chuuk, in the Federal State of Micronesia.
There are over 48 wrecks of ships, planes and a submarine in Chuuk Lagoon that were all sunk in 1944 in Operation Hailstone during World War II. During World War II this area of the Pacific Ocean was used as a Japanese naval base, which was attacked by American planes.
Truk Lagoon isn’t for the faint hearted, nor for beginner divers, as most of the Truk Lagoon wrecks are deep. For example, the San Francisco Maru wreck is at 62-64 metres (140-210 feet) deep, which is one of the deepest Chuuk Lagoon wrecks.
But the Reiyo Maru wreck is even deeper at 67 metres (220 feet) deep. These two very deep wrecks, along with many of the other Truk Lagoon wrecks, can only be dived by technical divers on air-mixes, as the depths are below recreational depths.
But there are some slightly shallower wrecks at Truk Lagoon, which are within recreational depths. The best way to find out the wrecks you can dive as a recreational diver, is to read this article: Truk Lagoon Wrecks (The Deepest, Biggest, & Most Popular Wrecks). This article includes details of Truk Lagoon wrecks that are in 40 metres (131 feet) or shallower, and includes the shallowest wreck in Truk Lagoon too, which is at 18 metres (60 feet).
The water temperature in Truk Lagoon ranges between 26-30°C (78.8-80°F). The visibility in Truk Lagoon is mostly good but not excellent and ranges from 12-18 metres (40-60 feet).
Can Recreational Divers Dive Truk Lagoon?
Recreational divers can dive Truk Lagoon, as many of the wrecks are easily accessible to divers who have a deep diver certification, as some wrecks lie in depths of 30-40 metres (100-130 feet). But to truly appreciate some of the best wreck dives at Truk Lagoon, you are better as a technical diver.
If you intend to dive Truk Lagoon as a recreational diver, it would also be beneficial for you to be a Nitrox diver, as this will allow you to explore even more whilst on your Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon liveaboard.
Can You Still Dive Truk Lagoon?
You can still dive Truk Lagoon today and enjoy the shipwrecks of Micronesia, but you are best to dive as a deep diver (certified to 40 metres) or a technical diver (certified to 40+ metres and use gas-mixes). Diving Truk Lagoon offers a good amount of marine life and soft corals around most wrecks.
Is Truk Lagoon Open For Diving?
Truk Lagoon is fully open for diving, and can be dived on a year-round basis. The best conditions for diving Truk Lagoon is during December to April.
Table of Chuuk/Truk Lagoon Liveaboards
This list of Truk liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating will be at the top of the list. To filter this table for the features that are important for your Chuuk/Truk Lagoon liveaboard trip, select from the list of filters below.
|Discover Liveaboard||Customer Reviews||Price Per Day|
|Review: SS Thorfinn; Book: SS Thorfinn||8.8 Fabulous||from £230; $281; €262|
|Review: MV Truk Master; Book: MV Truk Master||7.9 Good||from £356; $359; €335|
|Review: MV Pacific Master; Book: MV Pacific Master||0 Not rated||from £149; $182; €170|
Note: The above “Price Per Day” was correct at the time of producing this article, as was the exchange rate used to convert the GBP cost to US Dollars and Euros. For an up-to-date cost for your chosen liveaboard, please visit the “Book” link above.
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