While a mere mention of the name conjures images of manta rays
in most divers' minds,
Yap is an island group located in the Caroline Islands within
the Federated States of Micronesia and is also one of the top
destinations for muck diving in Micronesia. A dive trip to Yap
allows you to follow a dive with myriad mantas and several sharks
with a dive scouring the bottom for frogfish, crocodile fish and
leaf scorpionfish. Dive sites like Slow & Easy and Yap Caverns
reveal cryptic critters and a plethora of nudibranchs alongside
various juvenile fish, while a shallow sunset dive at Slow &
Easy is ideal for patient photographers to capture that iconic
mandarin fish mating shot.
For those who prefer metal to mantas,
Chuuk Lagoon boasts the best wreck diving in the world and is
another great destination for enjoying muck diving in Micronesia.
Formerly known as Truk, Chuuk Lagoon was the Empire of Japan's main
naval base during World War II until a major U.S. attack, Operation
Hailstone, sent many of the ships to their resting place at the
bottom of the lagoon. Shallower wrecks like the Betty Bomber and
the Fujikawa Maru are ideal for spotting muck diving critters. The
silty surfaces inside the wrecks host an array of nudibranchs,
shrimp and flatworms, while the soft corals and feather stars are
home to shrimp, soft coral crabs and ghost pipefish.
While these dive locations seem like they are quite literally
half a world away, our team of expert dive travel specialists have
put together some epic itineraries to make the most of the long
journey times. For the truly intrepid, we can even put together a
grandiose around-the-world-in-18-days itinerary, including city
breaks in Manila and Los Angeles either side of a week's diving in
both Palau and one of either Yap or Chuuk-an itinerary to put
Phileas Fogg to shame and make Jacques Cousteau jealous.