Chuuk Lagoon – Stunning Pacific Wreck for Diving

Chuuk (formerly Truk) Lagoon offers an unbeatable combination of coral reefs and wrecks that makes this location undoubtedly one of the most popular dive sites in the world. It is an astonishing 40-mile-diameter atoll which is protected from the currents of the Pacific Ocean by the third largest coral reef in the world. This lagoon is an underwater museum that boasts in excess of 100 wrecks.

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During World War II, the Japanese used Chuuk Lagoon to harbor their fleet, where they were attacked by US forces. As well as the ships, airplanes and submarines that sank, many of the ships’ cargo holds were filled to capacity, accounting for the tanks, cars, motorcycles, ammunition, torpedoes and countless other military and personal artifacts resting on the ocean floor. The eerie human skeletons might account for the superstitious belief that some of the wrecks are haunted. Many of the shipwrecks have been wonderfully preserved and remain virtually intact. These ships have become known as the Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon.

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The wrecks have become artificial reefs, covered in coral and anemones. The clear warm tropical waters and the prolific marine life create a breathtaking dive location for all divers. The vast array of marine life on the wrecks and reefs includes tropical fish, gorgonians, eagle rays, turtles, barracudas, big-eyed jacks, batfish, sting rays, pelagic and reef fish, mantas and sharks. You might even be lucky enough to spot the elusive leopard shark. An Earthwatch team recorded an unbelievable 266 species of reef fish in Chuuk Lagoon in 2007. There are also more than 300 varieties of soft and hard coral.

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The wrecks lie at various depths, from 5m to 60m, providing beautiful sites for everyone from the novice to the technical diver. The lagoon guarantees safe and easy diving conditions all year round with astonishing visibility that can reach up to 40m.

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Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.