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Liveaboard Diving in Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon

With 50 wrecks to be explored by scuba divers, Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon is home to the Ghost Fleet of World War II and is widely considered to be the wreck diving capital of the world.

Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon liveaboards

Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon is one of four states in the Federated States of Micronesia. This area is defined by mountainous islands creating a sheltered archipelago along with a barrier reef which stretches for 140 miles (225km). While you’ll find a few dive resorts scattered around Chuuk, traveling by liveaboard is the best option for divers who wish to visit all the best wrecks in a single week. The majority of liveaboard cruises in Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon last between 7 and 10 nights. The Truk Master sails under the Worldwide Dive and Sail flag, giving it the reliability and grace of the brand. This dive boat offers Nitrox and satellite internet for your convenience, and it also boasts tec diving capabilities, a spacious indoor salon and a camera set-up station. Secondly, the sturdy S.S. Thorfinn offers a spacious option for those who wish to tour Chuuk Lagoon. Its diver-designed decks hold everything from 10 cabins to a large spa and bar.

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Diving in Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon

Quick facts

Remote Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon has been blessed by gorgeous underwater conditions, and it’s hard-to-reach location has only benefited the preservation of the dive sites in the area. While Truk has a variety of diving environments including some coral reefs, the focus of liveaboards in the country is the Ghost Fleet. More than 60 ships and 200 planes were sunk in Chuuk Lagoon during World War II battles. Today the 50 dive sites created by these wrecks are a part of a Japanese memorial and ideal for exploration by a wide variety of divers. While you’ll be amazed by the sunken ships in the area, don’t forget that most of the wrecks in Chuuk Lagoon have collected a healthy array of marine life throughout the 60 years they’ve spent below the surface. 266 species of fish along with sea turtles, reef sharks and brilliantly colored corals can be found here. All liveaboard operators in Chuuk will require at least an Open Water certification. However, because some of the wrecks are located below 60 feet (18 meters), many routes also require an Advanced certification and 50 logged dives. Wreck Diving and Cave Diving certifications may also be useful. Check with your chosen operator for specific certification requirements.


October to April

The best time to dive in Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon is from October to April although the Ghost Fleet can be dived year-round. Within these peak months, you can expect dry conditions. On the other hand, from June to the beginning of October, it tends to rain frequently. During these months, the diving is still good, and you’ll be able to find the best deals on liveaboards. Marine life and the conditions of the wrecks vary little from month to month. Water temperatures usually range from 81 to 86°F (27 to 30°C) within Micronesia. With waters as warm as these, you’ll only need to pack a 3mm wetsuit. Visibility in Chuuk is often fantastic. On a good day, you might experience seemingly endless visibility. However, some of the wrecks tend to have slightly diminished visibility at about 20 feet (8 meters). Finally, surface conditions in Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon can become a bit rough during the shoulder season. April, July, August, October and November often see high winds which toss the water about, making the liveaboard journey slightly less pleasant. However, these conditions rarely affect the scuba diving experience on the Ghost Fleet.

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How to Get to Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon

The departure port for most liveaboards in Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon is Weno Harbor. Many operators can provide roundtrip airport transfers for free or for a small fee. Chuuk has its own airport to serve divers. It’s called Chuuk International Airport and is served by 3 airlines. However, most visitors to the islands use United Airlines via Hawaii and Guam.

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