Formerly known as Truk Lagoon,
Chuuk Lagoon tops every wreck diver's dream dive destination
list. The lagoon housed Japan's main naval base in WWII's South
Pacific theatre, and today it is considered the largest underwater
military cemetery in the world, with 60 ships and 400 planes
scattered across the lagoon's floor. Many of the well-preserved
wrecks rest below 40 metres and are therefore classified among the
more advanced diving in Micronesia.
Submarine wrecks and downed bombers lie shoulder-to-shoulder
with impressive tankers and make Chuuk Lagoon a living museum and a
true wreck diver's paradise. One of the lagoons best-loved wrecks,
the San Francisco Maru, rests at 50 metres. Known as the 'Million
Dollar Wreck,' this sunken ship still contains much of its
expensive cargo, including three tanks and large guns on its decks,
which make up one of the lagoon's most iconic images. For those who
are tech certified, there's an even wider array of wrecks on offer,
but you don't need to be a depth junky to enjoy Chuuk. The Fujikawa
Maru is often referred to as 'the wreck of Chuuk lagoon,' thanks in
part to the fighters in its hold, and it starts a mere nine metres
below the surface...
Yap is the westernmost of the Federated States of Micronesia,
lying north-east of Palau in the Caroline Islands, and is famed for
its year-round manta ray sightings. Its waters are incredibly
diverse, with much more to see than 'just' mantas. Mandarin fish,
reef sharks, eagle rays and bumphead parrotfish are just some of
the other highlights commonly encountered on Yap's dive sites.
While the chance of watching trains of manta rays circle the
cleaning stations is the main draw, Yap has plenty of other cool
creatures and critters to spot. Among the more advanced diving in
Micronesia,Yap Caverns has myriad tunnels, chimneys, and canyons
patrolled by reef sharks.
For advanced divers, Yap also has thrilling drift dives along
Mi'l Channel. Dives can be a superb, fast-paced drift down the
centre of the channel, and when the current flies, it's definitely
up there with the best of the advanced diving in Micronesia.
Our team of dive travel experts have plied the western
Pacific and can help you tailor your own dream itinerary to take in
the best of the advanced diving in Micronesia. Take in the mantas
of Yap and the WWII wrecks of Chuuk on a dual-destination
adventure, or pair either with the Philippines or nearby Palau for
a truly epic Pacific diving odyssey...