Chuuk, Micronesia

Chuuk Atoll, located in the Caroline Islands has one of the largest lagoons in the world.

Beneath the blue waters of the lagoon encrusted with coral, are more than 60 sunken ships from the Japanese WWII fleet. Lashed to the decks of freighters are the rusty remains of fighter planes and trucks.

The lagoon has been declared a monument, with the salvage and taking of relics prohibited by law. Divers must obtain a permit before diving around the ships.

One of the two top scuba diving locations in the world. Chuuk’s water temperatures are 29ºC and incredibly calm between December and May. Average temperature above water is 30ºC.

The main island of Weno is the capital and commercial centre and Chuuk’s State Centre is where visitors can experience a taste of island life by visiting the local stores jammed with everything from kerosene stoves to ladies wear and handicrafts.

For an outstanding view of Weno and the lagoon, climb into the old lighthouse built during Japanese occupation and visit the Blue Lagoon Resort for a stroll in the coconut palm grounds with splendid views across the water to Dublon Island, formerly the Japanese military headquarters.

American dollars are used while travellers cheques and currency can be changed at banks and at some hotels.

When visiting traditional areas, respect local customs and note that the locals frown upon mini skirts and short shorts.

Exploring Chuuk

Chuuk’s Cuisine

Activities in Chuuk

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