Truk (or Chuuk) Lagoon is the final resting site for the debris from World War II battle Operation Hailstone. With a Truk Lagoon liveaboard, divers today can explore this “Japanese Ghost Fleet” scattered over more than 50 wreck sites.

The flash attack by the Allies on the Japanese military sent over 60 ships and 200 planes to the bottom of the lagoon. Half a century after the attack, the wrecks have been encrusted with coral and are home to schools of colorful reef fish. The deeper channels are full of sharks, who are attracted by the nutrient-rich waters.

Truk Lagoon is a sheltered lagoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Although the lagoon is quite shallow, it’s worth getting certified for tec and rebreather diving so you can take full advantage of the deeper wrecks. For that reason, a Truk Lagoon liveaboard trip is best suited to advanced divers.

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QUICK ANSWER – BEST TRUK LAGOON LIVEABOARD TRIPS

1. Truk Master

2. SS Thorfinn

 

 

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TRUK LAGOON LIVEABOARD REVIEWS

TRUK MASTER

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The new and improved Truk Master was completely renovated and re-launched in 2016. This stately steel vessel is tastefully appointed, with 8 spacious cabins in various layouts that cater to a maximum of 16 divers.

Each cabin has privately controlled air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom. During down time, guests can relax on the shaded outdoor deck or enjoy an alcoholic beverage at the bar. The captain is also known for letting guests visit the bridge to admire the views.

Guests won’t go hungry, with five meals a day plus snacks available all day long. Dietary requirements can be accommodated with enough notice.

The dive facilities on this liveaboard are excellent. The dive deck features individual setup stations and storage space for personal gear. There is a well-equipped camera station, and the boat is rebreather- and tec-friendly. Wifi, nitrox and rental gear are all available for a fee.

 

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SS THORFINN

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The SS Thorfinn liveaboard measures an impressive 58m, plenty of room for everyone! With a 1:1 ratio of crew to guests, you can be sure that your every need will be met. As an added bonus, this is a “green ship” which runs on recycled power plant waste lubes.

The boat’s 5 decks include a salon, a library with a well-stocked bar, a dining lounge, a shaded sundeck and a spa deck that houses one of the biggest hot tubs you’ve ever seen. The spa deck is also a fantastic place for stargazing at night.

Roomy air-conditioned cabins each come with a TV and DVD player. Most cabins also have an en-suite bathroom. Breakfasts are cooked to order and other meals are carefully selected by the chefs, with consideration for dietary requests.

Divers on the SS Thorfinn will go on up to 5 dives a day. The liveaboard is tec and rebreather friendly and has a fully equipped camera station. Wifi and nitrox are free, and rental equipment and diving courses are available. Airport and hotel transfers are also included in the price.

 

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COMPARISON TABLE – FIND THE BEST TRUK LAGOON LIVEABOARD FOR YOU

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TRUK MASTER
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6 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A LIVEABOARD IN TRUK LAGOON

WHAT TO SEE

The main attraction at Truk Lagoon is the wrecks. In fact, Truk Lagoon is widely acknowledged as one of the best places on the planet for wreck diving! Jacques Cousteau’s documentary Lagoon of Lost Ships perfectly captured the eerie, haunting nature of this forlorn underwater graveyard.

The sheer variety of the debris will astound even the most experienced wreck divers. You’ll find Zero Fighter planes, tanks, supply vessels and a submarine, as well as smaller artifacts like guns, ammunition, gas masks, medicine bottles and newspapers.

Over the years, the coral growth has fostered over 250 species of reef fish. Although the wrecks of the boats and planes are largely encrusted with coral, you can still make out many of the components.

Other than wrecks, Truk Lagoon also boasts a stunning underwater landscape with pinnacles and deep channels teeming with pelagic species including reef sharks and sea turtles.

 

WHEN TO GO

Thanks to its sheltered location, Truk Lagoon enjoys calm, warm waters all year long. Any month is a good month to dive here, but diving is best during the dry season from October to April. Budget travelers should keep in mind that prices tend to be lower in low season, between June and October.

Apart from rainfall, conditions are fairly constant at Truk Lagoon. Water temperatures range from 81 to 86° F (27 to 30° C). Visibility may be reduced around the wrecks but can reach up to 100ft (30m) in some places. Marine life varies little according from month to month.

Although typhoons don’t usually hit hard in Truk Lagoon, typhoon season is considered to be between August and December. Travelers who are prone to seasickness will want to avoid the shoulder season – April, July, August, October and November – when strong winds and choppy water can make for a tough journey.

 

TRIP DURATION

Most Truk Lagoon liveaboard itineraries last between 7 and 10 days, in order to allow time for seeing all the coolest wrecks. Check out the itineraries to get an idea of which sites you want to see. This will give you an idea of how long you want to spend.

 

BUDGET OR LUXURY?

The two liveaboards that offer trips to Truk Lagoon are quite different from each other. Budget travellers will almost certainly opt for the SS Thorfinn, which has more competitive prices.

The recently renovated Truk Master is elegant and modern. Indeed, the opulent interior is so gorgeous that divers will feel like they are in a hotel, not a liveaboard.

At first glance the SS Thorfinn looks quite rudimentary in comparison with the Truk Master. But divers will be tempted by the attentive service and the extra perks.

 

EXTRA PERKS

While the Truk Master is a beautiful boat, it’s fair to say the SS Thorfinn has it beat in terms of perks. The SS Thorfinn provides free wifi, nitrox and airport/hotel transfers. It’s also possible to get nitrox or rebreather certified onboard the SS Thorfinn, or to get your Advanced Open Water certification. Plus, of course, there’s the small matter of the 12-person hot tub. Nothing better than a long, hot soak in the Jacuzzi after a day of diving!

 

DIVING ABILITY LEVEL

Most Truk Lagoon itineraries require divers to have their Advanced Open Water certification and a minimum of 50 logged dives. It’s also highly recommended to get rebreather and tec certified so you can dive all the deep wrecks. And, of course, wreck diving certification is definitely useful!

 

 

 

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