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Welcome to Chuuk located in the Pacific Ocean in Micronesia about halfway between Honolulu and Manila Philippines. Better known by its wartime name Truk, the lagoon is world renowned for its wreck diving. Chuuk is one of four island states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia which consist of some 600 tiny islands and atolls that stretch almost the entire width of Micronesia, 1,800 miles across the Pacific Ocean. Divers come from all over the world, flying into the Chuuk International Airport to arrive at this wreck diving location thatís on the wish list of most wreck divers today. Here you can experience firsthand the underwater museum, graveyard and the many tombs which have been softened by time and nature into beautiful living reefs.
In February of 1944, this island was part of ďOperation HailstoneĒ in which the Unites States took its revenge on Japan for the Pearl Harbor bombardment by bombing the Japanese fleet anchored inside the Truk Lagoon. Here in Truk Lagoon is the reminder of that world war disaster in the many Japanese wrecks that lie close to the islands such as the Fujikawa Maru, Heian Maru, Shinkoku Maru, and approximately fifty shipwrecks and many planes rest at the bottom of the vast, but mostly shallow lagoon. Many of these ships are still intact;some still have human bones and live weapons on board. Today life on the small tropical lush islands inside the Truk Lagoon is laid back and tranquil but during World War II these islands were the Empire of Japanís main base in the South Pacific Theater. Here we show you Japanís military communication center that is now used as a high school.
Our host on this island is the Truk Stop Hotel &Dive Center. Join us as we take you back in time to this war torn tropical island and show you shipwrecks from 1944.