For the adventure seekers a “must see, bucket list” destination…. The wrecks , located in the sheltered crystal clear waters of Truk Lagoon have become covered with marine life and are home to schools of fish, anemones, corals, sharks and much more.
During World War II, on the 16th & 17th of February 1944… The United States took the main Japanese Imperial Navy Base by complete surprise. Known as Operation Hailstone – the battle lasted two days with intense daytime and night time airstrikes, submarine attacks and surface ship action. The American carrier-based planes sank 12 smaller Japanese warships, 32 merchant ships and destroyed 275 air craft mainly on the ground, which played an instrumental role in the American Forces gaining a stronghold in the Pacific.
Check in at JNB International Airport for your flight to Manila
Possible Routing: Johannesburg – Singapore – Manila
Upon arrival in Manila, collect your luggage, transfer to the Airport hotel for the night.
Check out at 12noon and transfer to Manila Airport for the United Airlines flight to Guam, departing at 22h25. Arrive in Guam at approx. 04:35am
Remain in transit for the flight to Truk (Chuuk), departing at 08h20.
Upon arrival in Chuuk at approx. 10h08 you will be met and transferred to the Truk Blue Lagoon Resort where you have been booked in for 8 nights on a Full board meal basis.
12 dives have been booked, which include the boat, dive guide, tanks & weights.
Lying at the bottom of the lagoon is the world’s largest collection of intact shipwrecks from World War 2. No other place on earth has as many wrecks that are so large and well preserved. These ships are 60 – 150m in length and they lie on the bottom like toppled skyscrapers, now overgrown with marine life. 35 of the 50 wrecks have been discovered and explored and are still very much intact.
The warm tropical waters of Truk Lagoon are nutrient rich and constantly stirred by currents. As a result of 49 years of submersion, these wrecks have been transformed into magnificent artificial reefs. Their decks are covered with a festive array of brilliantly coloured soft corals, sponges and other delicate marine life
Truk Lagoon is by no means limited to just sunken ships, there are numerous warplanes sitting on the bottom lying in comparatively shallow depths, ideal for shallow dives later in the day.
The outer edge of the reef, where you can dive the passes 50m+ and you are likely to encounter sharks, turtles, mantas and schools of fish.
Check out at 12noon and transfer to Chuuk International Airport for the United Airlines flight to Guam at 16h20. Upon arrival at approx. 17h55, remain in transit for the flight to Manila, departing at 19h00.
Arrive in Manila at 20h50, transfer to the Airport Hotel and overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
Check-out at noon and transfer to Manila Airport for your flight home via Singapore or Hong Kong.
Arrive in Johannesburg.
Possible Routing: Manila – Singapore – Johannesburg.