Chuuk Atoll (also known as Truk), in the Caroline Islands is infamous for its giant lagoon. The lagoon is the final resting place for more than 100 ships, planes and submarines. The majority of these wrecks are the legacy of a fierce World War II battle between the Imperial Japanese Fleet and Allied carrier planes resulting in the largest navel loss in history.
The many islands within this huge atoll are crowned with natural beauty. The outer barrier reef is punctuated with idyllic sand spits dotted with coconut palms. The high volcanic islands in the central lagoon rise into the blue island skies. Many of the islands offer fertile soils, abundant water and lush vegetation that harbours rare and migratory birdlife. Wild orchids and other flora are found in the scenic and sometimes rugged terrain of the islands
Average temperature of 27° C.
The lowest rainfall period is experienced between January to March.
The Wrecks of Truk Lagoon
The renowned dive destination is famed for being a wreck lovers paradise. If you have a lust for rust, you will find endless dive sites to discover. Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, situated in shallow clear water. The sheer volume of wrecks is the legacy left by fierce battles during World War II between the Imperial Japanese Fleet and Allied carriers. As such the area is known as an underwater museum.
Truk Lagoon was the headquarters for the Japanese Imperial Fleet between 1914 and 1945. The natural harbour provided a safe anchorage for the Japanese navel fleet. Operation Hailstone was devised by the US to cripple Japans Navy in WWII, and involved a mass aerial attack on runways, planes and ships. On the 17th February 1944, a 36 hour aerial attack (Operation Hailstone) resulted in the loss of at least 250 Japanese planes and 50 ships.
Diving the Wrecks
Although many of the wrecks exceed recreational dive limits and require technical diving certifications and experience, there are a lot of very accessible wrecks suitable for Open Water divers. Some wrecks can even be enjoyed on a snorkel. It’s safe to say you will never be short of dive site options. The ships cargoes consist of tanks, trucks, airplanes, mines, bombs and machine gun bullets. Thousands of other artifacts including beautiful china are there still to be explored. Souvenir taking of relics from the area is strictly prohibited by law. Read on for more information on eight of the best wrecks of Truk Lagoon…
27°C – 30°C
An abundance of amazing wreck sites!
More on these wrecks coming soon.
Some dive sites can be seen from above whilst snorkelling.
There’s a small museum which is absolutely worth a visit, as it will give you great insight into the wrecks you experience underwater.
If you are not a diver then we do not recommend Truk Lagoon as a holiday destination. There is very little to see or do, unless you are happy with sitting on a remote beach alone each day.
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