Diving in Chuuk
The shallow, vast, beautiful turquoise blue lagoon of Chuuk is THE most famous place in the world for wreck diving. Resting on the deep ocean floor, you will find an entire WWII Japanese fleet that went down during Operation Hailstorm, as well as many other shipwrecks. These waters hold so much history that the lagoon has been declared an underwater museum. All levels of divers can find the perfect place to explore in Chuuk, with thrilling deep wrecks that tech divers will love as well as fun shallow wrecks for beginner divers to enjoy. During your free time, you can hike or drive up some of the most beautiful overlooks to visit awe-inspiring Japanese lighthouses, as well as old runways, gun emplacements, cave networks, command centers, and WWII hospitals and libraries. The best way to explore these sites is by hiring a knowledgeable local guide. We also recommend you explore the lagoon via liveaboard to maximize your underwater time and explore as many dive sites as possible; however, you can also stay at one of the many dive resorts inland, and still get plenty of underwater hours logged. The diving in this region is lovely all year round; however, the best months to travel to Chuuk are from December to April.
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Aquatic Life in Chuuk
Divers from around the world arrive at Chuuk with the sole intention of seeing WWII wrecks that have become fantastic artificial reefs. Ships are covered with colorful anemones and sponges, planes encrusted with both hard and soft corals. Divers will be pleasantly surprised by the brilliant diversity of marine life that greets them underwater. You will find over 700 species, including blennies, clownfish, eels, squirrelfish, shrimp, and nudibranchs. This incredible biodiversity that can be found in the outer reefs includes whitetip, blacktip, and grey reef sharks, along with pelagic fish like tuna, barracuda, and trevally.