Micronesia – Truk

Dive the Japanese Fleet

June 28th to July 12th 2017

FOR ONLY $5245 US

Truk

With more ocean than land, some of Micronesia’s best sights are underwater. There are more than 2000 islands spread over five million kilometres of the Pacific, but many world maps don’t even bother showing them. Each island group has its own culture and character as well as diving highlights. They have also been influenced in a different way by colonisation, wars, geography and politics.

Chuuk State consists of 11 mangrove fringed islands in the Chuuk Lagoon – known to divers worldwide as Truk Lagoon – and a further series of 14 outlying atolls and low islands.

New Zealand Diving in conjunction with Dive Worldwide are bringing you an opportunity to experience a combination liveaboard and hotel trip in 2017. Due to the limited availability and demand for this location we are taking deposits on bookings now to secure your place.

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MV Odyssey

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Accommodating 16 guests, six of the eleven staterooms feature a double bed, two are for single occupancy and one has a double bunk. All cabins are carpeted and feature air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, DVD player and an ocean view. The comfortable lounge has a TV/DVD player and modern amenities for divers. There is a dining area, sun deck and spacious dive deck and facilities for photographers.

Up to five dives are offered daily from the boat to the wrecks and outer reefs, suitable for divers of all levels. Guests have their own private seat and protected dive locker throughout the trip. The spacious easy-entry dive platform has plenty of room for two divers plus a divemaster. Nitrox is complimentary for qualified divers. Double tanks (DIN and YOKE systems) are available for technical divers and a local surcharge applies for oxygen mixtures above the standard free Nitrox.

The Odyssey runs trips throughout the year and is a very popular choice for divers. There is limited availability until mid-2017. Yes, we’re taking bookings! Ask us for further details.

Blue Lagoon Dive Centre

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Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the resort is situated on a palm fringed point of Moen Island with breathtaking views of the most famous lagoon in the world, Truk.

The family run dive centre has been welcoming divers since 1973. Daily boat dives operate to the historic wrecks of Truk Lagoon. There are over 40 to discover and some are easily accessed by snorkellers. Nitrox and Trimix are available. A limited supply of helium and sodasorb are kept in stock, but need to be booked in advance.

Accommodation is in two low storey buildings set in lush tropical gardens amongst coconut palms. The 54 rooms are comfortable and spacious featuring air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, a TV, small fridge and a balcony on which to relax and enjoy the stunning sunset. Other facilities include a restaurant, beach bar, dive lockers, small shop and WiFi internet access is available.

 

The Diving

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One of the world’s largest enclosed lagoons, Truk is enclosed by a 225 kilometre barrier reef, covers more than 2,000 square kilometres, and is home to an entire Japanese fleet, sunk in 1944. Frozen in time, complete with sake cups and skeletons, jeeps and tanks still tied on board, and fighter planes still waiting in the hangars, the area has been declared an underwater museum.

Incredible corals in a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes attract divers of all levels. Schooling tropical fish smother the ships. Nowhere else in the world are there so many wrecks in close proximity, situated in clear shallow water. Many of the wrecks are visible while snorkelling and there are several on-shore wartime locations to visit.

This is a destination that should be on every diver’s wish list.

This trip is open to all levels of divers. Whilst a number to the wrecks are in deep water there is still plenty to see for everyone. For those of you with technical aspirations, we will be also running deeper dives providing your certifications are sufficient.

New Zealand Diving have available a wide range of diving courses that will help enhance this trip. Each course will be available to take prior to the departure date, allowing you to maximise your dive time potential whilst in Truk. Alternatively we can run the course on the trip itself for your convenience.

Some course suggestions that will help maximise the potential of your dives are:

Deep Diving Specialty; Basic Nitrox; Adv Nitrox and Decompression ProceduresAdvance Wreck Diving; Sidmount

Why not even take up underwater photography or video?

Talk to any of staff and they will be happy to explain what is involved in any of these courses. 09 422 3599, 0800 NZDIVING or email us today.

 

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Agenda & Package details

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW! June 28th to July 12th 2017

With worldwide interest in this trip we have now separated out the cost of flights. Cairns will be the central point of travel and therefore you may prefer to make your own travel arrangements. If you would like us to provide air travel prices then this can be arranged for you. For the benefit of the anyone travelling from New Zealand we have provided an flight cost estimate below for you. We have also provided a travel plan for all to see on the logistics of getting to Truk.

Due to the limited number of places this trip will sell out fast TWO years in advance. We advise to book now to avoid disappointment Deposits of $1000 are being taken now to secure your place on the 2017 expedition. Full payment required 30 days before departure. All bookings will be arranged through Dive Worldwide, the UK’s premiere dive travel business. All bookings are secure financially with ATOL, ABTOT & CAA bonding. This is a unique two stay combination providing you the best of Truk Lagoon.

New dates have now been set in July from the previously advertised dates to avoid the clash with the OZTek exhibition and end of financial year period.

For 2017 the package price of $5245 USD consists of:

Truk Odyssey, 7 nights

02-09 July 2017

Twin share cabin

Up to five dives per day

All meals

Complimentary Nitrox up to 30%

Truk dive permit

Blue Lagoon Resort, Truk, 6 nights

June 28-02 July & July 9-11 2017

Standard twin/double room

Daily breakfast

Diving: 5 days diving with 2 x dives per day. Split as follows ( Mar 11 & 12, Mar 20, 21 & 22)

Airport transfers

Sheridan Hotel, Cairns

11 July 2017

Deluxe twin room, 1 night

 

Additional costs are:

Flights: Flights are estimated from New Zealand to be an additional $1650 based on current fares, however, there will likely to be a fare increase when the 2017 rates are released. These will not be available until late this year. Prices can be provided for customers travelling outside of New Zealand

US ESTAS Visa Waiver

Diving from Blue Lagoon Resort, Truk: Nitrox & mixed gas fills

Food at Blue Lagoon Resort

Equipment rental Rentals will be arranged on an individual basis due to personal requirements. technical gear can also be hired

Truk departure tax USD20 per person

 

Flight details: Planned route: for anyone traveling outside of New Zealand the central point to meet will be Cairns Airport. From here we expect to travel as a group. Flights maybe booked via www.diveworldwide.com or by yourself. Please note it is important that the correct dates are meet to ensure you are available for the sailing times of the charter.

Date Flight From To Dep Time Arr Time
28-Jun-17 UA095 Cairns Guam 1:20 6:00
28-Jun-17 UA155 Guam Truk 8:20 10:08
11-Jul-17 UA 154 Truk Guam 16:20 17:55
11-Jul-17 UA 094 Guam Cairns 18:50 23:45

 

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