Diving Truk lagoon, Micronesia
If you come all the way to Truk lagoon, a.k.a. Chuuk, you will not be disappointed. In fact, far from. Be prepared to be amazed by this string of islands of Micronesia, which is spread out over a distance of more than 3,000 km in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Once a stage of battle during WWII, today Truk Lagoon is surrounded by coral reef and has maintained the major wrecks of that historical bloodshed, including the Fourth Imperial Japanese fleet.
History lesson : a big part of the Japanese Navy was based here in 1944. The 17th of February 1944 marked Operation Hailstone where the whole fleet came under attack by the Americans for three days straight. From that day on, battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, tankers, cargo ships, anti-submarine warships, and submarines became a distant memory. However, divers, and especially diver history buffs can access most of the remains. We must say, this is no doubt a liveaboard destination, but day-trip dives are all the same still possible from Truk. Warning though, this island is one of the poorest of Micronesia therefore comfort conditions may not be up to western world standards. Whatever your choice of package, a journey to the heart of these remains which today have given a home to some of the most beautiful flora and fauna, will not leave you indifferent.