Truk Lagoon

Truk Lagoon – The Ultimate Wreck Diving Location

 

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We run regular escorted trips to this tiny ATOL in the middle of the Pacific Ocean Its a long way, its not cheap but we have had 100% client satisfaction over the last 6 years! There are well over 40 well known dive sites in Truk.

They are the result of OPERATION HAILSTONE.

Amagisan Maru

Aikoku Maru

Da Na Hino Maru

“Emily” Flying boat

Fujikawa Maru

Fumitsuki

Hiean Maru

Hoki Maru Hoyo Maru

Kiyosumi Maru

Mitsubishi G4M

Betty Bomber

Nippo Maru

Rio de Janeiro Maru

San Francisco Maru

Shinkoku Maru

Shotan Maru

IJN Sutsuki

IJN Shinohara

Patrol boat No. 34

Unkai Maru No. 6

Yamagiri Maru

Yubai Maru

Typical Package

Fly London Heathrow to Manila

Arrive Manila and connect to Truk

Blue Lagoon Resort for 11 nights. 9 days diving @ 3 dives/day

Fly to Manila.

Overnight at The Dusit Thani Hotel for 1 night

Fly Manila to London Heathrow. Arrive London Heathrow early evening.

£3550.00

The costs include:

Return economy class airfares from London to Truk. Singapore airlines A380 airbus

All transfers

11 nights BLR on FULL BOARD

9 days diving @ 3 dives/day

1 nights Dusit Thani Hotel inc breakfast.

Escorted services & ATOL Bonding 4112

EXAMPLE OF SCHEDULE

17 Feb: LHR SIN 1055/0735 next day

18 Feb: SIN MNL 1230/1600

18 Feb: MNL GUM 2310/0440 next day

19 Feb: GUM TKK 0820/1000

02 Mar: TKK GUM 1550/1720

02 Mar: GUM MNL 2000/2140

03 Mar: MNL SIN 0810/1140

03 Mar: SIN LHR 1255/1855 same day

Some Basic Wreck Info Fujikawa Maru

The most popular wreck in Truk Lagoon, the Fujikawa Maru is a must dive. This is probably one of the best wreck dives in the world and features in many “Top X” wreck dives list. Whether your interest is in artifacts or marine life this wreck has it. Diving on the Fujikawa Maru is a spectacular new experience; a submarine forest of thick and colourful encrusting corals covering the masts, kingposts, cargo booms, deck railings.

HEIAN MARU

This ship was a passenger and cargo liner which was converted into a submarine depot ship. Originally she was a passenger ship designed for luxury service between Yokohama and Seattle. It is the largest ship in the lagoon and lies in the old submarine anchorage. Long Lance torpedoes can be found. Periscopes lie in two companionways on levels below & aft of the bridge. Many artifacts can be found throughout this wreck.

HOKI MARU

This captured New Zealand vessel (M/V Hauraki) sunk upright with a slight list to port. Except for the bow & forecastle the fore ship was destroyed by an aviation gasoline explosion. The midship & bridge are devastated but contain pockets of interesting artifacts. The aft holds contain an assortment of construction equipment & supplies.

NIPPO MARU

In 1969, the Nippo Maru was filmed by the Cousteau expedition but not identified. It was then “lost” until rediscovered on 16 June 1980 by Klaus Lindemann. The Nippo lies on a sandy bottom in 48 metres of water, lying in an east-west direction with the bow slightly shallower than the stern and having a slight list to port. The wreck is basically intact with only slight damage to the bridge area and stern visible.

RIO DE JANERO MARU

Rio de Janeiro Maru sits at a maximum depth of about 34 metres, with the ship lying on its starboard side (note that at least one of the books on the Chuuk Lagoon wrecks says it is on its starboard side but then has diagrams showing her on the port side). It is located on the eastern side of Uman Island, perhaps a few hundred metres off the southern most end. As you swim down onto the wreck it is quickly obvious that this is a huge wreck, the fourth biggest in Chuuk Lagoon in terms of tonnage.

SHINKIKO MARU

The second largest wreck in Chuuk Lagoon. The Shinkoku Maru was built in 1940 by Kawashi Jyuko Co. of Kobe for Kobe Sanbashi K.K. (Kobe Pier Co. Ltd). It was 150 metres long and 20 metres wide and was requisitioned by the Japanese Navy in 1941, four weeks before Pearl Harbour.Regarded as one of the best wrecks in the world! SAN FRANCISCO MARU. This passenger/cargo ship sunk upright, fully loaded with cargo & thus is often called ‘The Million Dollar Wreck’. Deck cargo includes both trucks & battle tanks. Hold cargo includes mines, torpedoes, bombs, artillery, anti-tank, & small arms munitions, aircraft engines & parts & oil/gasoline drums. Many artifacts remain in the bridge area.

UNKAI MARU

The Unkai Maru was an old ship when she sunk. She was launched in the UK before WWI as the Venus and purchased by the Japanese who renamed her. The wreck is not too deep and she lies on an even keel. This makes the Unkai Maru a great dive for non-technical divers. She was sunk by several bomb hits that raised the bow out of the water before sinking.

YAMAGARI MARU

A large combined freighter/passenger liner, the Yamagiri is lying on her port side. The wreck is fairly intact with the superstructure and pilot house interesting and accessible. Hold No. 5 contains 35.6cm (14”) shells for second-line Japanese battleships, a steamroller and construction equipment.

YUBAE MARU

The Yubai Maru arrived in Chuuk on 10th February 1944 as part of an escorted convoy. She was anchored along the Western shore of Uman Island not far from the South-Eastern tip of Fefan Island on the 16th, when planes from the USS Bunker Hill attacked. She was hit by a 1,000lb bomb and at least 1 torpedo and heavily damaged and starting to sink when the aircraft retired. The ship lies on her port side in 15 metres of water to the starboard beam and 36 metres to the bottom. There is a load of plates, rice bowls, cups, saucers and other pieces of china. Watch out for our report on the 2010 Expedition, due early March we are also taking bookings for the 2011 trip, again in February by popular demand we have now added a follow on date commencing March 2nd we are holding the 2010 price for 2011(subject only to currency fluctuations) TRIP REPORT FEB 2010 . TRUK LAGOON ,7TH EXPED FEB 2010 In FEB 2010.

Fujikawa Maru Truck Lagoon

Fujikawa Maru Truck Lagoon

A Light Tank on The Deck of The Nippo Maru

A Diver Explores The Hull Of The Yamagari Maru
Diver Glides Over The Bow Gun Of The San Fransisco Maru
Divers Examine Aships Lamp On The Rio De Janero Maru
Telegraph In The Bridge Of The Shinkoko Maru
Coral Encrusted Main Mast Of The HOKI MARU

Corals Encrusting The Superstructure Of The Shinkoko Maru

Coral Trees On The Deck Of The SHINKOKO MARU
Dusk Over Truk Lagoon
Bow Gun San Fransisco Maru, Natural Light 40 Mtrs
A Ships Lamp, Typical Of The Thousnads Of Everyday Artifacts Littering The Wrecks
Fish Swarm Around The Kingpost Of The Shinkoko Maru
A Member Of The RSWA Explores The Gosei Maru
Huge Anemones Adorn The Exterior Of The Fujikawa Maru

Mast Of The Shinkoko Maru

The Bow Of The Sankisan Maru

Cockpit Of A Zero Fighter In #2 Hold Of The Fujikawa Maru

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