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Introduction

Chuuk (also known as Truk) is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.

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Geography

The main population center of Chuuk is Chuuk Lagoon, a large archipelago with mountainous islands surrounded by a string of islets on a barrier reef. Chuuk State also includes several more sparsely populated "outer island" groups, including the Mortlock Islands to the southeast, the Hall Islands (Pafeng) to the north, Namonuito Atoll to the northwest, and the Pattiw Region to west. The Pattiw Region is of particular interest in that they are some of the most traditional islands in the Pacific and culturally related to outer islands of Yap.

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Sights and Activities

Chuuk is renowned for its wreck diving. The PADI Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving lists four "Meccas" of wreck diving, and Truk Lagoon is one of the four.

In 1944 the US Navy conducted Operation Hailstone, the largest surface bombing campaign in history, wiping out a Japanese fleet stationed at the island. The seabed around Chuuk is now littered with nearly 70 wrecks of ships and planes, all protected from deep sea currents by a reef system, and most within depths appropriate for scuba divers.

Although Truk Lagoon contains a number of spectacular wrecks, the Fujikawa Maru is often singled out by diving magazines and travel guides as one of the top 10 wreck dives in the world.

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Getting There

By Plane

Continental Micronesia flies to Chuuk from Guam and from Palikir.

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Getting Around

There is no public transport infrastructure in Chuuk. On the main island, the two options are either take a taxi or rent a car or scooter. Both are fairly cheap, but the quality of the roads and the quality of the vehicles are about what you would expect in a relatively poor country.

Travelling between islands will invariably require hiring a boat.

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Drink

Alcohol is subject to a 50% sales tax in Chuuk, and all alcohol is imported. Accordingly, an evening at the bar can rapidly become quite an expensive proposition in Chuuk.

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Sleep

  • Blue Lagoon Dive Resort - P.O. Box 340, Weno, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia 96942, ☎ +691 330 2727, e-mail: BLResort@mail.fm. Quiet and rustic hotel on the southern tip of Weno, with a connected dive resort ~$110. edit
  • Truk Stop - P.O. Box 546, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia 96942, ☎ +691 330 4232, e-mail: info@dive-truklagoon.com. A dive resort located very close to town, minutes from the airport

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