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Drifting On A Headwind

By Jim Harlan

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Micronesia: Truk Resorts and Liveaboards

> South Pacific > Micronesia

Features: Chuuk, the world’s best shipwreck diving destination, is a vast, shallow, lagoon with a sunken fleet of over 60 ships and 250 planes.

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The shipwrecks of  Truk Lagoon are covered with soft corals of all colors creating the most dramatic artificial reef diving on the planet. Loads of tropical fish abound in these artificial reefs, and the night diving is exceptional. There is also wonderful reef and wall diving. The tall volcanic islands in the central lagoon rise into the blue skies, and the outer barrier reef has secluded sand-spits with coconut palms. Kayaking, windsurfing, or sailing in the lagoon is a true pleasure. The islands also host rare and migratory birds and beautiful wild orchids. Japanese lighthouses, situated high atop the lagoon’s overlooks, can be reached by hiking or driving. Old runways, command centers, gun emplacements, cave networks, hospitals and libraries can be found with the help of a knowledgeable guide.

Truk Blue Lagoon Resort

This is an ocean front full service resort located on 14 palm covered acres with beautiful views of islands in the distance. The resort offers world class diving within minutes as well as motor boat excursions to distant atolls for snorkeling and fishing. Land and lagoon tours kayaks and rental cars are available. The Blue Lagoon (formerly the Truk Continental) has a restaurant and bar, and has recently undergone a 1.8 million dollar renovation.

S.S. Thorfinn

Spacious and stable, the 170 foot S.S. Thorfinn offers comfort while diving in Truk or cruising the beautiful unexploited outer islands of Micronesia. 11 cabins accommodate a maximum of 22 guests, most with private bath, and all rooms feature full vanities, in-room multi-system TV/VCR’s, indirect lighting, full length closets, and modern decor. Crew to guest ratios of 1:1 assure a truly pampered visit. A large open-air spa deck has a custom hot tub and comfortably seats 12 divers, affording the opportunity to unwind and relax. Other decks provide chaise lounges and an overhead canopy. Separate dining lounges provide full guest seating simultaneously in three connected areas.

Truk Aggressor

This 110-foot deluxe vessel caters to 14 guests in 7 staterooms. Each cabin has a queen size bed and single bed loft, private bath and shower. A new eighth stateroom is now available with 2 single berths with vanity and sink – the toilet and shower are not en suite in this new stateroom but are just next door. There is a beautiful, spacious deck with chaise lounges and deck chairs, open-air bar, and grill.

Truk Odyssey

The Odyssey is Truk’s finest liveaboard vessel. With 6 staterooms with either king size or 2 twin beds, 2 private single staterooms and 1 stateroom with a double/twin bunk all staterooms have large portholes, private ensuite facilities, air-conditioning controls, DVD player, and are carpeted. There is a separate entertainment lounge with TV, VCR (PAL & NTSC), DVD, stereo, library, large slide table, and bar.

There is a large dive platform and tanks are filled at your seat. There is a freshwater shower, warm deck towels and Nitrox, for certified Nitrox divers. Photography facilities include a large 3-tier camera table and 2 camera rinse tanks, a large slide table and a battery charging station. Dive sites include wreck diving and pristine reef diving with over 300 varieties of hard and soft corals located in over 100 miles of fringing coral reef and an abundance of incredible tropical fish, anemones, gorgonians, eagle rays and frenzied shark feedings.

The above is an example of Lodging and Activities. Uncommon Adventures specializes in custom itineraries to suit your specific desires and needs as well. Please feel free to consult us to design an adventure of your own.

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Photography courtesy of Randy Harwood Photography.