2 Trips to Truk Lagoon took place in May 2015, Both were fantastic!
Living WWII history again!
Truk Lagoon did not let us down again this year, The diving was amazing! There was two separate groups this year with a total of 19 divers.
Mike and Deb lead the first trip, followed by Lindsay and Sarah with the second. The Original plan was to have a combined trip as well, however flight changes have changed the ability to do it.
Not the easiest location to get to, Truk Lagoon is accessible from Australia leaving from Cairns, via Guam. It sounds a long way, but is really just an overnight flight. We stayed in twin share accommodation at Blue Lagoon Resort, a lovely outlook over the islands of Truk. The Blue Lagoon resort is not 5 star, but was very comfortable, For a Remote location, the meals are good, and reasonably priced.
Both trips had very happy divers by the end of them, the first trip with 21 dives and the second with the planned 11, although the second trip was compromised by an out of season typhoon, stopping them from diving for the first two days, having to do 3 a day to catch up there after.
The variety of wrecks is very unique to Truk Lagoon, the shallower wrecks, which you are still able to hit 30 metres depth on, were loaded with soft and hard corals, making it hard to see what object they were growing on. The bow gun of the Fujikawa Maru was a typical example.
The deeper wrecks are not hard to dive, they are just deep! It’s like diving in a warm swimming pool when in Truk lagoon, so, other than watching no-deco limits, it is no different to shallow wrecks.
The deep ones do hold some fantastic relics though, from Howitzer Guns and Tanks on the decks of the Nippo and San Francisco Maru to a Bulldozer and Traytop Trucks in the Hoki Maru. There is quite alot of fishlife on the wrecks, the deep ones usually have patrolling sharks and Pelagics, whilst the shallow ones have lots of colourfull tropicals.
The wreck of the Fujikawa Maru, was the first wreck we dived again this year, the toll of 70 years underwater, (and possible locals using explosives for fishing), has caused a complete collapse of the superstructure which has covered the engine room completely. No longer does it have a spectacular engine room unfortunately. Age is taking it’s toll. Other wrecks are showing signs of degrading, but are still holding up at this stage.
If Diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon is on your bucket list, don’t hesitate to do it, they are starting to fall apart !
We will be going to Truk Lagoon with a group trip again in 2017, and we know a lot of the trip members this year will come again to see more. Lindsay will be taking that trip as his trip this year just got his taste buds going! Even though we will see more collapsed structures, we will still see some great wrecks again!