2014 Chuuk/Truk Shore-Based Dive Resort

  • 23 Mar 2014
  • 31 Mar 2014
  • Chuuk (aka Truk Lagoon), Micronesia • REGISTRATION CLOSED
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Registration is closed
Where:  Chuuk, aka Truk Lagoon, Micronesia
When:   March 23-31, 2014 (8 nights)
                (land resort dates only,
not including flight dates)
Cost:    USD $1,800 (double-occupancy room)
Trip LeaderKaren Doby

NCRD'S MICRONESIA 2014:  Week #3

8 Nights at Blue Lagoon Resort in Chuuk

Registration closed on January 4, 2014

Welcome to the island of Chuuk, also known as Truk Lagoon, where lush, natural scenery makes it easy to relax and absorb the beauty of the Pacific.  Northern California Rainbow Divers will spend 8 nights in this South Pacific paradise, where WWII history and natural beauty intersect.

The protected lagoons of Chuuk sport the best wreck diving in the world, as the density of wrecks is unmatched.  Not only do these relics tell a story of their own colorful past, they've also been sunk long enough for marine animals and plants to completely overtake their structures with abundant growth, resulting in a wide variety of marine life thriving around the wrecks.

In February, 1944, American forces sank 44 Japanese war and merchant ships in Truk Lagoon during Operation Hailstorm.  Many still exhibit Imperial Japanese artifacts while the past 69 years have transformed the decks and sides of Chuuk's wrecks into vibrant coral reefs. The lagoon itself is large enough that strong and constant currents bring in nutrients required for healthy fish life. It's not surprising that over 300 varieties of hard and soft corals thrive in Chuuk's waters. As the ships begin to disintegrate, the time to dive them is now, before WWII history is lost forever.


Truk Lagoon is truly special and likely the easiest tropical WWII wreck diving in the world. Numerous wrecks lie in calm, shallower waters from 50-130 feet, with no need to go deep.  Recreational divers who may not be so fond of wrecks can happily enjoy the abundant soft coral growth and wide array of critter life.  Chuuk's outer reefs are home to a great variety of fish, both pelagic and reef dwelling, on stunningly beautiful coral walls that extend far downward into the blue abyss of the Pacific Ocean.


Technical divers who enjoy deep underwater exploration will certainly find ample opportunity in Chuuk to satisfy their interest in diving deep and long.  Blue Lagoon's boats are suited for CCR and tech divers, who will be separated into different dive groups from recreational divers and go to different dive sites.  The dive guide assigned to tech diving groups is experienced in tech diving as well as the dive sites to be visited.  Note that Nitrox (see exclusions below) and Trimix rates are at extra cost, not included in our dive package.


Blue Lagoon Resort on the island of Weno in Chuuk offers a breathtaking view of the world famous Truk Lagoon.  The resort specializes in small group diving and
is the perfect location for exploring the spectacular reefs and wrecks of Micronesia. The hotel's two-story design of spacious, air-conditioned rooms blends with the island's tropical and serene atmosphere. A short stroll through the resort's palm-shaded gardens brings you to a white sand beach, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the clear lagoon.  The restaurant serves island-style local seafood and Pacific and Asian cuisine. Learn more about the resort here.


Chuuk has a warm, tropical climate. Our trip puts us there during the dry season (the best time to travel).  Air temperatures range from 78-90ºF, with water temperatures at a comfortable 82-84ºF year-round.  We will be doing 2-3 dives/day from day boats, and most divers will be comfortable in a 3mm wetsuit.  One night, we will also do a night dive.  All dives will be guided by  experienced divemasters.  Recreational divers and technical divers will be separated into different dive groups and likely dive different sites as technical divers typically have longer dive times and deeper depths than recreational divers.  All divers, beginning to advanced, are welcome on this expedition.


You might like to join us the previous weeks for four nights at a dive resort in Yap from March 11-15 or for seven nights in Yap from March 8-15, 2014, and a Palau liveaboard cruise from March 16-23, 2014.  Combining two or more of these LGBT dive excursions would leverage the time and cost of getting to Micronesia by giving you an opportunity to explore distinctly different regions and underwater environments within Micronesia.


  • ground transfers between the resort and Chuuk airport
  • 8 nights at Blue Lagoon Resort in an air-conditioned standard room, double-occupancy
  • free WiFi internet access in the hotel lobby
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 6 dinners at hotel restaurant
  • farewell BBQ
  • Chuuk state government taxes for room and meals
  • three days of 2-tank and three days of 3-tank day-boat diving, plus one night dive (16 dives)
  • air fills and use of tanks, weights and weight belt
  • divemaster and dive guide services as provided by the resort


  • USD $30 dive permit
  • optional Nitrox: 30% mix @ USD $15.75 per 80 cu.ft. tank; 32% mix @ USD $19.95 per 80 cu.ft. tank
  • optional technical diving gas mixes (rates)
  • optional dive gear rental
  • optional dive courses
  • optional excursions
  • international or Micronesia domestic flights to/from Chuuk
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or snacks purchased at onsite grocery store
  • USD $20 Chuuk departure tax, payable in cash upon departure
  • tips or dive crew gratuities
  • any items of a personal nature
  • travel or dive accident insurance, or medical evacuation



You should plan to arrive in Chuuk on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Divers continuing from our Palau liveaboard will arrive on Sunday evening or Monday morning, March 24.  Diving will begin the morning after our arrival.

Because we will cross the international date line on our international flights to/from Micronesia, U.S. residents may need to begin travel as early as March 21, 2014, to arrive in Chuuk by March 23.

Our outbound flight will leave Chuuk on Monday mid-morning, March 31, 2014.

Multiple air carriers fly into Micronesia, but United Airlines has a monopoly on domestic flights within Micronesia and is the only airline that flies into/out of Chuuk.   If you might like to use frequent flyer miles, the best way to get to Chuuk from the U.S. may be to fly into Honolulu, Guam, Manila or Tokyo using your preferred U.S. carrier, then switch to United Airlines for the Micronesia portion of your trip.   Star Alliance also offers a special Micronesia AirPass for island hopping within Micronesia on United Airlines.


Please do not commit to air flights or other logistical arrangements until you have received confirmation of your space from the Trip Leader once your initial deposit has been received.

All divers on this trip should have good buoyancy skills.  Divers are required to carry valid, in-force dive accident insurance, such as may be obtained from Divers' Alert Network (DAN).

Divers must agree to NCRD's Event Terms and Conditions to participate in this trip.


USD $1,800 per person, standard room, double-occupancy
 This a specially discounted price for members of Northern California Rainbow Divers.
  If you are not a paid member of this safety-minded, fun-loving club, please consider joining in order to sign up for this trip.


 1st:  At registration
 USD $400
 2nd:  July 15, 2013
 USD $350
 3rd:  Sept 15, 2013
 USD $350
 4th:  Nov. 15, 2013  USD $350
 Jan.15, 2014
 USD $350


Trip payments may be made by PayPal or by personal check. The price is the same regardless of payment method.  Please consider using PayPal, as electronic payment greatly simplifies the work of our volunteers.  Please send PayPal payments to this address:  paypal@rainbowdivers.org

If paying by check, please make payable to NCRD and send to:

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South Lake Tahoe CA 96150

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