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trips and adventures
@SOUTH WEST TECHNICAL DIVING
We love to go and do our own diving. If you are looking to build experience or just need a team-mate get in touch. We’d love to have you along. Unless you retain us to teach or guide there are no charges for joining a trip
Diving in Truk Lagoon
Truk Lagoon is often regarded as a deep, technical diving location, with big challenging wrecks and advanced penetrations. However, the truth is that 70% of the more than 40 wrecks lie within 40m depth. Having said that, the wrecks in this range are usually at the deeper range of this spectrum, so racking up a decent bottom time on a “shallow” wreck, will still give you plenty of decompression.
past or upcoming trips
Check out the dirty dozen website www.thedirtydozen.org, it’s a superb presentation and our own homemade videos of the trips are not as good as this.
how to get there
Via Guam is really the only way, or a multi island stop from Hawaii but all with United Airlines – www.united.com
Flying United Airlines via Guam is almost not a choice, it’s the only stable airline that goes from Guam or Honolulu to Truk. Guam is a US territory. Even though you are just transiting in Guam, you will need permission to enter the US either by Visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization.)
Air Niugini (PNG National Airline) – www.airniugini.com.pg
They run weekly flights to Truk Lagoon via Pohnpei from Port Moresby which offers connections from Australia, Philippines, and other select international Asian locations
Get in touch for advice on the easiest way.
about the diving
Diving conditions in Truk Lagoon are excellent, it is relatively easy diving and Truk is ideal to visit all year round in terms of environmental conditions. The water is a warm 28-29ºC/82-85ºF all year whether you are at 6m/20ft or 60m/200ft, and there are no major thermoclines. While the water is warm enough to dive in just shorts and a t-shirt, I recommend a full-length 3-5mm wetsuit or a drysuit with light undergarments.
Also, bring gloves and a hood for protection, especially if you are planning on penetrating the wrecks. There is sharp metal everywhere and you want to avoid tetanus, infections, and burns from oil or even worse, aviation fuel.
There are also occasional blooms of jellyfish, some of which can sting. Tidal patterns within the lagoon can be complex but the tidal range is generally small and any currents encountered on the majority of wrecks are minimal and hardly noticeable.
As you are diving inside the lagoon, visibility does vary. Occasionally, it can drop to less than 10m/33ft in the repair anchorage, 20m/66ft can be expected around Uman and the 6th Fleet Anchorage, and 30m/100ft is the norm in the Fourth Fleet anchorage south of Tonoas, where the deeper wrecks on The Dirty Dozen trip are located.
when we normally go
March to May and September to October, although some of the cave systems conditions have specific times of year when they are best. Get in touch.
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