Truk is a wreck divers paradise, suitable for both novice and experienced divers. The calm, clear, sheltered lagoon is relatively free from currents, providing safe, easy diving conditions.
The Truk Lagoon ocean floor holds an entire Japanese fleet frozen in time, where it sank in February 1944. Complete with sake cups and skeletons, jeeps and tanks tied on board, and fighter planes still waiting in their holds, the wrecks have been declared an underwater museum. These days the battle scars, WWII ruins and underwater wrecks attract dive enthusiasts to these remote islands. As the lagoon has been declared a monument, salvage and souvenir taking of relics are prohibited by law.
From their watery grave, these ghostly skeletons give shape to a unique underwater museum. Giant ships of war rest in eerie silence among bombs, torpedoes, guns, tanks, planes, telegraphs, china, bicycles, shoes, trucks and giant 18” warheads.
Nature and time have softened and transformed this graveyard into living shipwrecks of
incredible colour and marine life. Brilliant soft corals in all colours, anemones, daisy corals and sponges now cling to rusted remnants of military glory and many species of tropical fish play amongst once lethal weapons.
The majority of wrecks lie off Dublon, Eten, Fefan and Uman Islands and represent the largest naval loss in history. Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, situated in shallow, clear water. Many of the wrecks are visible to snorkellers and there are many on-shore wartime locations to visit.
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Micronesia has some of the most uniform year round temperatures in the world. Temperatures range between 21º and 32ºc, with the average daily temperature for all of Micronesia around 27ºc. Humidity is around 65-75%, with the lowest rainfall in winter, from January to March. Water temperature is practically bath-like, between 27-30ºc.
Diving is possible all year round, although the visibility varies. Best visibility is from October to May when the northeast trade winds clear the plankton-rich water. June through September is the rainy season and the calmest time of year.