Micronesia is one of the most remote and pristine diving destinations in the world. We are proud to work with M/V Truk Master, recently refurbished to a high standard to offer the best standards of comfort in Micronesia. This luxury liveaboard will take you to explore the world-class wreck diving sites of Truk Lagoon and Bikini Atoll, providing a rare opportunity to delve deeper into history.
Spread across over seven million square kilometres of the Western Pacific Ocean, Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania known to be one of the most remote and beautiful places on earth. Micronesia is comprised of several sovereign countries including the Federated States of Micronesia (often referred to as Micronesia for short) which includes Truk Lagoon and the Republic of the Marshall Islands which includes Bikini Atoll. Friendly and peaceful, Micronesia encompasses thousands of small islands north of the equator that is home to a cultural and biological diversity that is unrivalled anywhere.
Micronesia is made up of seven diverse nations and while there is a shared Micronesian cultural history, some areas feel closer ties other areas of influence including Polynesia, the Philippines and Southeast Asia. During the eras of WWI and WWII, many of these nations were divided between the United States, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom; the evidence of which can still be seen above and below the water.
The reefs and ocean in Micronesia are some of the cleanest and clearest waters in the world and are comfortable for diving and snorkelling all the year round. Schools of tuna, barracuda and trevally, pods of dolphins, turtles, grouper aggregations and colourful collections of many tropical fish are commonly found. Yap and Pohnpei are famous for their world-renowned reef passes that have large groupings of giant manta rays, where divers and snorkelers can encounter these magnificent and gentle creatures up close and personal as the mantas feed on nutrients and plankton year-round. The Marshall Islands became home to the largest shark sanctuary in the world in 2011. Overall, Micronesia is home to over 80 species of sharks and with several areas of protection their populations are on the rise. There are over 172 types of hard coral and 10 types of soft coral, with an abundance of beautiful sea anemones and over 250 species of reef fish as well as other pelagic species that often venture near to the reefs.
The sea floor beneath the warm, clear waters of both Chuuk Lagoon and Bikini Atoll are steeped in history. Chuuk, also known as Truk, was the site of a major naval and airstrike battle in WWII, resulting in numerous sunken vessels and planes. After WWII, the United States gathered a variety of warships in order to test the effects of different nuclear bomb blasts in Bikini Atoll. While these ships (including a few submarines) were sunk on purpose, the results are the same as the wrecks of Truk after six decades underwater: the wreckage has been transformed into amazing underwater museums and wonders of nature, holding the very best of the undersea world and maritime history at one site. Dubbed "ship-reefs", the sites are as colourful as they are compact and offer hours of diving on each wreck.