Nestled at the western edge of the Federated States of
Micronesia lies the diminutive state of Yap. Its four closely-knit
main islands have garnered the attention of divers as one of the
world's best and most reliable oceanic manta ray dive destinations.
Huge resident rays can be seen year-round in Mi'll Channel and
Goofnuw Channel, regularly cruising the channels in search of a
good pampering at the cleaning stations. Mi'il Channel is the
deeper of the two sites, descending to 30 metres, while at the
entrance to Goofnuw Channel, you can also explore the depths of the
Located at the southernmost tip of the islands, Yap Caverns is
another popular site for deep water diving in Micronesia, thanks to
its interesting topography and consistent shark sightings. Narrow
swim-through gulleys provide shelter for whitetip reef sharks
seeking an undisturbed nap, while looking into the deep open blue
will reveal patrolling grey reef sharks and squadrons of elegant
eagle rays gliding by.
Perhaps one of the world's leading destinations for depth
junkies, Chuuk Lagoon is famous for housing a veritable underwater
museum of WWII wrecks. Sent to their watery graves during Operation
Hailstone in February 1944, Chuuk Lagoon's fleet of wrecks spans
various depths within the lagoon. Some require technical training
to explore, and their historical significance, coupled with the
magical marine life that calls them home, ensures they sit at the
top of wreck divers' bucket lists the world over.
Among the lagoon's most celebrated wrecks, the San Francisco
Maru holds a special place due to the tanks that still adorn its
deck. If you're seeking the best deep water diving in Micronesia,
this wreck, which rests at 52 metres, should definitely top your
If that's a little beyond your training and comfort zone, there
are 59 other wrecks to explore, with many at less intimidating
depths. Two wrecks that consistently draw divers' attention are the
I-169 Shinohara submarine and the Fujikawa Maru. While both wrecks
lie shallower than the San Francisco Maru, at around 30 metres,
they offer a unique glimpse into to the grim realities of war.
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