Chuuk is one of the four main island states that form the Federated States of Micronesia. It lies to the west of Yap and to the east of Pohnpei and its capital is Weno. Chuuk state has a population of 48,654 people which are mostly concentrated around the historically significant Chuuk Lagoon. The Chuuk Lagoon, also known as Truk Lagoon, is a sheltered archipelago with mountainous islands and is fringed by a barrier reef which stretches for 140 miles (225km).
During World War II, the lagoon was the Japanese stronghold in the Pacific. Chuuk Lagoon was a base for much of the Japanese fleet; while the islands had been fortified with infrastructure like roads, caves and airstrips. In 1944, Chuuk Lagoon suffered a naval air attack by American forces. Known as Operation Hailstone, it lasted for three days sinking twelve warships, thirty-two merchant ships and destroying 275 aircraft.
Fast forward to today, Chuuk Lagoon is a famous scuba diving destination and possibly one of the best sites for wreck diving in the world. Weather is balmy with rains picking up from late April to August but it is still possible to visit on a year-round basis. World War II enthusiast will also be delighted with land tours available.
Take a land tour to learn about World War II or snorkel around the shallow reefs of Chuuk Lagoon. Deep sea fishing trips beyond the outer reefs can also be organized.
Fly to Chuuk International Airport via United Airlines which has connecting flights from Guam.