Chuuk, along with the rest of Micronesia, came under the Imperial Japanese Army’s rule during the WWII. The island is dotted with old runways, lighthouses, command centres, hidden cave camps, gun emplacements and more which history buffs and adventurers can explore to their heart’s content.
Plus, visiting a village, interacting with the friendly locals and sampling the islands’ unique charm is a heady pleasure in itself.
As one of the best diving destinations in the world, it is almost imperative to sign up with a diving charter and explore the wonderland beneath the waves while in Chuuk.
During a WWII bombing raid, the USA sunk over 70 Japanese warships and transports in the Truuk lagoon. Today, there are over 80 wrecks that can be explored! It is a fitting statement that Nature repurposed all these machines of war and destruction to a peaceful haven for marine life. Divers can find healthy hard and soft coral reefs and a plethora of colourful tropical fish flitting busily amongst these wrecks today.
Overland, travellers can explore the remains of Japanese wartime infrastructure and machinery scattered amongst the islands. after a busy day of fun, we would recommend chilling out at a beachside café or hunt for hand-carved souvenirs to take back home.
A veritable paradise for wreck divers, Truk, or Chuuk Lagoon holds hundreds of Japanese World War II fighters, ships of war and ancillary military machines in its glassy depths, now a haven for Truk’s Piscean populace. The Chuuk state in FSM is the most populous of all the islands, besides containing a bounty of natural wonders – both overwater and under.
Its forest-covered hills are filled with rare flora and fauna while boasting of serene views of the Pacific Ocean and the neighbouring islands. With Weno as the Chuuk’s capital, this bustling state consist of several island groups such as the Hall Islands, Chuuk Lagoon, Mortland Islands, Pattiw, Magur Islands and Nomwisofo. The Chuuk Lagoon (earlier called ‘Truk’) is arguably one of the best diving destinations in the world. The underwater paradise is filled with wrecks, endless coral reefs and an amazing variety of dolphins, rays, pelagic and reef fish – basically, a diving heaven.
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