With 607 islands, the Federated States of Micronesia include Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae as well as a wonderland of remote coral reefs and the Ghost Fleet of World War II wrecks.
Federated States of Micronesia liveaboards
The Federated States of Micronesia is a South Pacific nation of 607 islands. With so much land to cover, many of its best dive sites are spread out and inconvenient to access from land-based dive operators. All four areas of Micronesia have great diving, but the main liveaboard territory is Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon. While you’ll find a few dive resorts in the country, traveling by liveaboard is the best option for those who would like to dive all of the best wrecks in a single holiday. Most of the liveaboard cruises in Micronesia last between 7 and 10 nights.
Diviac offers 2 high-quality liveaboards for online booking. The Truk Master sails under the Worldwide Dive and Sail flag, giving it the reliability and grace of the brand. This dive boat offers Nitrox and satellite internet for your convenience, and it also boasts tec diving capabilities, a spacious indoor salon and a camera set-up station. Secondly, the sturdy S.S. Thorfinn offers a spacious option for those who wish to tour Chuuk Lagoon. Its diver-designed decks hold everything from 10 cabins to a large spa and bar.
Remote Micronesia has been blessed by pristine marine environments, and it’s hard-to-reach location has only benefited its underwater ecology. While you’ll find a wide variety of diving environments, from coral reefs to drift diving, the focus of liveaboards in the country is the Ghost Fleet. More than 60 ships and 200 planes were sunk in Chuuk Lagoon during World War II battles. Today the 50 dive sites created by these wrecks are a part of a Japanese memorial and perfect for exploration by a wide variety of divers.
Many of the wrecks in Chuuk Lagoon have collected a healthy array of marine life throughout the 60 years they’ve spent below the surface. 266 species of fish along with sea turtles, reef sharks and brilliantly colored corals can be found here. If you’re lucky enough to dive the other areas of Micronesia as well, you’ll likely see manta rays, a variety of sharks and other pelagic species.
All liveaboard operators in Micronesia will require at least an Open Water certification. However, because some dive sites are located below 60 feet (18 meters), many routes will also require an Advanced certification and 50 logged dives. Wreck Diving and Cave Diving certifications may also be useful. Check with your chosen operator for specific certification requirements.
BEST TIME TO GO
October to April
The best time to dive in Micronesia is from October to April although many of the locations can be dived year-round.
Within these months, you can expect dry conditions. From June to the beginning of October, it tends to rain frequently. However, during these months, the diving is still good and you’ll be able to find the best deals on liveaboards. Marine life varies little from month to month.
Water temperatures usually range from 81 to 86°F (27 to 30°C). With waters as warm as these, you’ll only need to pack a 3mm wetsuit.
Visibility in Micronesia is often fantastic. On a good day, you might see seemingly endless visibility. However, some of the wrecks tend to have slightly diminished visibility at 20 feet (8 meters).
Finally, surface conditions in Micronesia can become rough during the shoulder season. April, July, August, October and November often see high winds which toss the water about, making the liveaboard journey slightly less pleasant. However, these conditions rarely negatively affect the scuba diving experience in Micronesia.
The departure port for most liveaboards in Micronesia is Weno Harbor in Chuuk. Many operators can provide roundtrip airport transfers for free or for a small fee.
Chuuk has its own airport to serve divers. It’s called Chuuk International Airport and is served by 3 airlines. However, most visitors to the islands use United Airlines via Hawaii and Guam.