After WWI, Japan was given control of Truk (Chuuk) and fortified the lagoon into becoming one of their largest naval bases. It was from here that the Japanese fleet launched their attack on the US’ Pearl Harbour in 1941. The ensuing retaliation of “Operation Hailstorm” in 1944 resulted in the loss of 61 ships, mostly “Maru” or merchant vessels which had been left at anchor whilst some 200 other vessels were safely evacuated to Palau. The result has been a collection of shipwrecks closely packed into a coral lagoon, many of which are within easy reach of recreational divers. Over the course of the itinerary you will explore many of these wrecks along with reefs in the inner lagoon.
M/V Truk Master.
M/V Truk Master is the latest vessel to join the Master Liveaboards luxury fleet in 2016 providing divers the opportunity to explore one of the most popular diving destinations in the world, Truk Lagoon. With comfortable accommodation for up to 16 guests, the steel-hulled M/V Truk Master boasts eight twin and double cabins with a choice of standard, premium and deluxe cabins. Each cabin benefits from en-suite bathroom facilities and individually controlled air-conditioning.
The main deck enjoys a spacious indoor dining room along with a camera station complete with numerous charging points and storage space. Unwind and relax after a fantastic day of diving in M/V Truk Master’s indoor lounge and bar with a plasma screen which is ideal for movie and photo viewing. Alternatively, why not head out to the shaded outdoor relaxation area or the large sundeck and sink into a lounge chair to soak up the atmosphere.
The vessel benefits from a large dive deck with individual set up stations, under-bench storage and camera table with a large entry platform to the rear of the vessel. This fantastic new vessel will also be able to cater for recreational, technical and rebreather divers.
Submarine 1.169 Quickly submerging during the attack to avoid damage, the submarine unfortunately failed to close her valves, allowing for water to enter and as she descended she came to rest on her port side at a depth of 38m (140ft). Yamigari Maru Resting on her port side, though almost completely intact despite repeated bombings, the Yamigari freighter still contains many artillery shells and ammunition. Shinkoku Maru A large oil tanker, now rests upright on the bottom encrusted with corals, sponges & hydroids. From the bridge you can see into the engine room whilst the galley still holds many utensils on the large stove. Small guns, mounted fore and aft are also covered with corals making this one of the most colourful and spectacular wrecks to be found in Truk. Rio de Janeiro Maru 140m (430ft) long she lays on her port side in 34m (120ft). Once a luxury passenger vessel she was converted to a cargo vessel in wartime. Exploration of her holds turns up a range of supplies from beer bottles to guns. The upper deck reaches to an easily diveable depth of 10m (30ft).
Betty Bomber A long-range aircraft lies on the seabed at 20m (80ft) and is surrounded by schooling fish. Shark Island Possibly the most famous reef dive in Truk, is a fantastic cleaning station for reef sharks and at just 18m (60ft) is perfect for some “off-gassing” in the afternoon after a morning of wreck diving.
Sailing dates only: 4th – 11th April 2021
Price is per person and based on Boat Only.The package includes: 7 nights full board accommodation on the vessel in a Premium cabin (other cabin types are available), All food, tea, fresh coffee, fruit juice & soft drinks, up to 4 dives per day (weather permitting), 12ltr cylinder, weight. The price shown EXCLUDES flights although these can be organised on request. Marine Park, Port Fees & Taxes to be paid on arrival to the vessel in US$ cash: $195. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
For more information or to book on to this Truk liveaboard trip please contact Scuba Dive Adventures on 0113 4681100 or firstname.lastname@example.org