Diving Overview for Micronesia
Micronesia consists of 8 unique island groups forming over 2,000 tiny tropical islands scattered over 3 million sq miles of the Pacific Ocean. Many islands are the summits of huge underwater mountains and volcanoes and with its colourful history there is a wealth of underwater discoveries making it without doubt one of the top diving destinations in the world!
Micronesia's nutrient rich waters offer abundant marine life from hard and soft corals, anemones and sponges to giant manta rays, sharks and pelagics.
Although the whole region is a tropical paradise, Palau, Guam, Yap and Chuuk (previously Truk) are the most well-known dive destinations. Chuuk Lagoon is a huge attraction and absolute must for wreck enthusiasts and tech divers! It is up to 100m deep, once the stronghold of the Japanese war fleet which was destroyed in 1944 by the US in ‘Operation Hailstone’ and is now a graveyard of sunken cruisers, battleships, aircrafts and war machinery. Over 50 years later, the decks have become vibrant coral reefs attracting colourful fish life, cleaning stations and sharks.
Palau has the most amazing drop-offs absolutely teeming with life, Yap is the home of manta rays and Pohnpei offers quieter but equally spectacular drift dives overflowing with marine life. Even the most experienced of divers will find something fascinating and awe-inspiring about Micronesia!
Diving is possible all year round with water temperatures ranging from 27-30°C, visibility is generally good however in Chuuk lagoon huge amounts of plankton when blooming can limit visibility. There are sheltered sites for those less experienced or learning to dive, air, Nitrox and tech are all catered for.
NOTE: Some areas will require divers to purchase an annual dive permit (especially Chuuk) –please contact local centres for more information about dive permits.
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