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Scuba diving in Federated States of Micronesia

Escape the crowds and head to the Federated States of Micronesia to experience manta rays up-close, pristine underwater landscapes, and some of the world’s best wreck dives.
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Diving in Federated States of Micronesia

Quick facts

The weather is balmy at the Federated States of Micronesia, averaging at 81°F (27°C). Slightly more rain can be expected during the months of November to May at Yap, Pohnpei and Kosrae while Chuuk sees more rain during April to December. Despite the rain, it is possible to dive there on a year-round basis but do check forecasts for passing typhoons while planning your trip.

Diving at Yap, Pohnpei and Kosrae is typically land based but at Truk Lagoon in Chuuk, liveaboard diving is recommended given the vast size of the lagoon. Water temperature ranges from 79-82°F (26-28°C) and a 3mm wetsuit will suffice. Visibility is mostly good and at some dive sites, it can be spectacular at up to 131ft (40m).

At Yap, dive with manta rays at cleaning stations and visit beautiful drop-offs and caverns. At Chuuk, almost all dives are to see shipwrecks as there are many which lie within recreational diver depth limits. Some highlights include the Fujikawa Maru, an aircraft ferry, and Nippo Maru, a cargo ship.

Pohnpei is still unfamiliar to the majority of divers but those who venture there will be spoilt by pristine dive sites consisting of drop-offs, passes and outer atolls. Ant Atoll and Pakin Atoll are the top areas to visit as they are teeming with marine life. Kosrae, the most isolated island state, is surrounded by a fringing coral reef. Make drift dives along vertical walls at dive sites like Shark Island or enjoy hard coral gardens like Walung Coral Gardens.

When to go

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Where to dive

  • Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon

    Explore the Ghost Fleet of Chuuk Lagoon which is possibly one of the best wreck diving destinations in the world.

  • Kosrae

    Make the long journey to Kosrae to be spoilt with the untouched feel of the island and to explore its magnificent fringing coral reefs.

  • Pohnpei

    Often called Garden Island because of its lush green appearance, Pohnpei offers quality diving with sharks and manta rays at seemingly untouched reefs in crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean.

  • Yap

    Remote and exotic, Yap is heaven for divers who want an up-close and personal experience with manta rays.

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What to see

Visit Yap from December to April to see manta rays during mating season. Males will chase the tails of single larger females and you might sometimes spot a pregnant female. Manta rays are almost a guaranteed sighting in Yap as are reef sharks at a drop-off called Vertigo.

In the Truk Lagoon at Chuuk, shipwrecks attract all manner of sea creatures looking for food and shelter. Sharks are often seen passing by as schools of fish like fusilier and snapper hang around the wrecks. A closer look will reveal critters like nudibranch, scorpionfish and shirmp.

At Pohnpei, find huge schools of barracuda near the atolls and other pelagic species like sharks, trevally, tuna and sea turtles. Look out into the blue for eagle rays which come to the atolls to feed and clean. Kosrae will reveal beautiful coral reefs buzzing with life. Colorful reef fish, critters and also resting nurse sharks can be found and this is also an area frequently visited by eagle rays.

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