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Truk Stop Dive Center - Truk Lagoon

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Historical brief

Between the years 1896 and 1944 the Spanish, Germans, and the Japanese occupied Chuuk and all had their own impact and influence on this small group of islands. If you spend any time in Chuuk you will encounter names and words that come from this period, but none more than Japanese.

Chuuk was effectively cut off from the outside world from 1936 until the end of World War II. On February 17 th and 18 th of 1944, the U.S. military carried out air and sea strikes on Truk Lagoon sinking over 45 warships, damaging many others, and destroying more than 250 aircraft that were caught on the ground during the attacks.

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The Dive Center

The Truk Lagoon Dive Center was established in 2002 and is conveniently located on the grounds of the Truk Stop Hotel. While the recreational diver makes up the majority of our dive guests, we have the instructors and all the equipment necessary to take care of the technical diver as well.

We have three dive boats that are all covered to protect our guests from the sun and powered by twin outboard engines for better safety. All our boats carry communications, oxygen, emergency first aid kits, plus fresh water for our diving guests. When necessary or required, a hang off bar is available for dive safety when safety stops are or might be required.

Our dive lockers, rinse tanks, outside shower, and staging area is located at the end of our private dock making the whole process of gearing up and washing down quick and easy - especially with our staff right there to help.

We have two Bauer Compressors that keep our banks full and ready to go plus a Haskell pump to provide any mix of Nitrox requested for our recreational and technical divers. In addition we have 13 & 19 cu. ft. rebreather cylinders, doubles with convertible valves, and a variety of smaller sling, deco, and hang tanks for our divers who require these.

Our normal dive package caters to the recreational diver and includes a 2-tank morning dive, which departs from our private dock at 8:30am each day and returns about 12:30pm. We offer additional dives, up to 4 per day, which can include any combination of extra wreck, night, shark, or reef dives.

Those wishing to do technical diving should contact us to ensure availability of boats and other resources specifically required for your special needs.

Wreck diving

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Truk Lagoon is recognized as the world’s greatest wreck diving destination and for good reason. More than 60 World War II Japanese war ships and aircraft were sunk during Operation Hailstone in February of 1944 and now rest peacefully on the floor of Truk Lagoon. All of these sunken monuments are accessible to the scuba diver – most at a depth suitable for the novice or sport diver.

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Reef diving

Reef diving is one of Chuuk’s best-kept secrets because the focus and thrill of diving Truk Lagoon is the wrecks. Truth is, Chuuk has miles and miles of mostly unexplored reef and on the rare occasion a diver decides to dive a reef dive they see a wide variety of big and small fish, turtles, and vibrant corals. It is further to the reef than any of the wrecks so it is usually a single trip in the morning or the afternoon.

Shark dives

You can see sharks on many of our wrecks on any given day in fact, the Shinkoku Maru has what we call “a resident shark” that can be seen on most dives. But, Shark Island just a 15-minute boat ride from the Truk Stop private dock, is the best shark dive in Chuuk.

Technical diving

The Truk Lagoon Dive Center has emerged as THE dive operator with the staff and resources to support your technical exploration and adventure when diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon.

Dive courses

The Truk Lagoon Dive Center employs Instructors who are able to provide the basic courses of instruction up to Dive Master plus a variety of specialty courses.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is alive and well in Truk Lagoon and while not commonly known, there are moore than 15 sunken wrecks and planes that are accessible to the non-scuba diver who wants to see and touch our submerged history. And, because we are world famous for our wrecks, visitors often forget that the Truk Lagoon is 40 miles in diameter and this translates to over 100 miles of virtually unexplored reefs.

 
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