Truk Lagoon Diving
Take a step back in history with Truk Lagoon diving and the many well-preserved wrecks from World War II that are within recreational dive limits.
World-renowned Micronesia diving takes place in the calm, clear and sheltered Truk lagoon. It is protected from currents to provide easy underwater conditions for all levels of divers.
Truk lagoon diving is best known for the World War II wreck dives that resulted from Operation Hailstone in 1944. This operation created more than 60 wrecks of ships, submarines and planes in this small area.
The wrecks are now coral encrusted and are declared an underwater museum. Nowhere else in the world can so many shipwrecks found in such a small area. The majority of the wrecks are within recreational limits, but tec diving can also be enjoyed here.
Truk is the shipwreck capital of the world, a must for any diver who loves history and wrecks. Covered in soft corals and surrounded by marine life the area is great for both novice and experienced divers with everything from pick up trucks, guns and torpedoes to personal items like shoes and sake bottles can be found on board the sunken vessels.
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Truk lagoon diving is famous for the giant lagoon that is the final resting place for over 80 ships that were lost during the 2nd World war between the Allies and Japan. It has been declared as an underwater museum due to the history, and the taking of relics is prohibited.
Operation Hailstone was a major WWII battle resulted in a massive loss of military ships which are now covered with new life and have become natural reef of corals scattered with war artefacts still onboard or close by. Most are in the recreational diver range, but tec divers are also supported here.
Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, situated in shallow clear water.
Best Places to Dive in Truk Lagoon
Truk Lagoon diving is an adventure you will never forget. WWII wrecks are scattered across 77 square miles, they are now covered with life. There are around 300 varieties of both soft and hard and. The outer reefs have coral fields and dramatic drop-offs into an abyss. At the drop off area where there are Truk dive sites, it is not unusual to see pelagic sharks.
The surrounding area of the shipwrecks are coral reefs and pinnacles with deep water channels.
Best Dive Sites in Truk Lagoon
Diving is for wreck enthusiasts as there are over 60 shipwrecks and around 250 plane wrecks in a small area. Most are within recreational limits, but some of these require extra diving certifications to explore them fully.
A 135m Japanese Freighter in 34m of water sitting upright covered in soft corals The cargo hold has spare parts for Zero Fighters including props, wings, fuselages, components for machine guns and sake bottles. It is possible to swim through the cargo hold and exit through the torpedo hole. There is an encrusted bow gun on a raised platform.
A medium size freighter at 25m that sits upright. A bomb sank her in the aft hold that ignited ordinance that caused vessels destruction, to make the diving safe 284 depth charges were removed. She has excellent soft coral coverage on the mast and deck that support reef life.
A Mitsubishi G4M1 attack bomber who sank during a landing attempt where she broke the nose by being a few hundred meters short. The starboard wingtip and engines are located a 100m off the port side.
Truk Lagoon is famous for the giant lagoon that is the final resting place for over 80 ships that were lost during the WWII between the Allies and Japan. For more information about Truk Lagoon Dive Sites, please click on the photo.
Truk Lagoon Scuba Diving Highlights
- Common sightings - WWII shipwrecks
- Special sightings - The area is predominantly for viewing the shipwrecks
- Topography - Wrecks
- Visibility - 12 to 18m
- General information - Divers of all levels can join the trips on the understanding that some of the deeper wrecks do require advanced training.
Best Time to Go
Truk Lagoon diving is a year-round destination but with a wet and dry season.
Dry season: November to April with Tradewinds December to June from the Northeast.
Wet season: May to October - higher humidity and rainfall with the most in July to October. Humidity is highest June to September.
Water temperature is relatively constant at 28 to 30C, a 3mm shorty is usually the choice of wetsuit. Tec divers may need more insulation due to extended deco stops.
How to Get There
There are no direct flights to Truk, a transit via Guam is usual for most flights into Chuuk International airport. Alternatively Hawaii, Manila, Singapore or Hong Kong could be options.
Most transit times are 12 hours or longer, so an overnight or day use hotel room is suggested.
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What to pack
Food and drink
On entry for most nationalities
Chuukese and English is spoken widely
Suncream, lightweight and beach apparel, light raincoat
26 - 31 C daytime, 24 - 25 C evenings
Micronesian with Malay, Chinese and Spanish influence