Tag: World War II

Ghost Fleet Wreck Dives in Truk Lagoon

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Ghost Fleet Wreck Dives in Truk Lagoon

The Ghost Fleet wreck dives in Truk Lagoon (now called Chuuk Atoll) represents a historic military milestone in World War II. The site is prominent in U.S. and Japanese history. On February 16-17, 1944, U.S. Operation Hailstone sunk over 50 Japanese vessels to resting places at the bottom of Truk Lagoon. These vessels are popular with scuba divers, underwater […]

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Hoki Maru Wreck Dive

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Hoki Maru Wreck Dive

The Imperial Japanese Navy’s Hoki Maru is another member of the Ghost Fleet in Truk Lagoon (now named Chuuk). She was a transport ship during World War II. The Hoki Maru was built in Scotland in 1921 and christened the British-New Zealand ship M/V Hauraki. The Japanese captured the Hauraki in December 1941 and renamed her Hoki Maru. Tonnage: 7,112 […]

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Yamagiri Maru Wreck Dive

Yamagiri Maru Wreck Dive

Yamagiri Maru is one of the more interesting wreck dives in the WWII Japanese Ghost Fleet resting in Chuuk Lagoon (Truk). Like most of the wrecks in Chuuk Lagoon, dive experience is recommended. Today the wreck lies on its port side at 112 feet (34 meters). The starboard hull is about 50 feet (15 meters) and the bow is […]

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Sankisan Maru Wreck Dive

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Sankisan Maru Wreck Dive

Sankisan Maru, though quite damaged, is one of the more popular WWII wreck dives in Chuuk Lagoon (Truk). She boasts abundant and colorful coral gardens and varied reef creatures. The Sankisan Maru is a great dive for air and technical divers and also makes an fascinating night dive. The average visibility is 65 ft (10-20 m). Access to the […]

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Nippo Maru Wreck Dive

Nippo Maru Wreck Dive

The Nippo Maru is one more wreck dive of the Imperial Japanese Navy Ghost Fleet. An entire fleet lies at the bottom of Truk Lagoon (now named Chuuk). The Nippo Maru was a freighter discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1969 and later identified. She rests upright with a 25-degree port list. She lies deeper than other wrecks. This […]

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Heian Maru Wreck Dive

Heian Maru Wreck Dive

The Heian Maru is a sister ship in the Japanese Navy’s Ghost Fleet of World War II. It lies between Weno and Tonoas in Chuuk Lagoon (Truk.) The Heian Maru was originally a passenger/cargo luxury line that was converted to submarine tender. The top of the wreck lies at 40 feet (12 m), and the maximum depth is 120 feet […]

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Shinkoku Maru Wreck Dive

Shinkoku Maru Wreck Dive

The Shinkoku Maru is a member of the Ghost Fleet that rests upright at the bottom of Truk Lagoon (now named Chuuk) in the Federated States of Micronesia. This Imperial Japanese Navy tanker’s name means Nation of God. The vast array of relics and artifacts still preserved on the tanker are testament to the unique history of the Micronesian Islands. The Shinkoku […]

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Fujikawa Maru Wreck Dive

Fujikawa Maru Wreck Dive

Fujikawa Maru may be the most famous wreck in Truk because she sits upright between Eten & Uman islands in water shallow enough for her stern mast to poke out of the water. The wreck is large and full of artifacts, so more than one dive is recommended. At the bow is a massive gun and anchor chains. […]

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WWII Wrecks of Truk Lagoon – Chuuk

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WWII Wrecks of Truk Lagoon – Chuuk

Truk Lagoon, now known as Chuuk Atoll, is known for the greatest density of wreck diving in the world. The WWII wrecks of Truk Lagoon offer an underwater museum of military artifacts. Truk/Chuuk is ideal for all levels of scuba divers from beginner to technical. Divers can reach the wrecks by water from liveaboards or by […]

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