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Scuba Diving Micronesia

Including Palau, Truk (Chuuk), Yap, Bikini Atoll & Marshall Islands and Kosrae

Diving Micronesia articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Micronesia Overview

Diving Micronesia, especially Palau and Truk, is at or near the top of most divers lists. Most divers head to Palau, where big fish abound. The Blue Corner is among the world's best high voltage dive sites. Visibility can exceed 200 feet, while currents range from nil to dangerously strong so use a reef hook and bring your safety sausage. Long day-boat rides to the best diving weave through calm waters and past magnificent rock islands, but there's the potential for rough seas on the outer edges. Most divers diving Palau prefer liveaboards. Marine biodiversity is among the greatest in the world, but coral bleaching and commercial fishing is taking its toll.

Wreck diving mavens head to Truk (Chuuk) and the world's most diverse wreck diving on a Japanese fleet sunk by Americans during WWII. Most wreck dives, other than on the superstructures, exceed 80 feet, but they're great even without penetration. The wrecks are starting to suffer and many artifacts that should have been left alone have been purloined, but the ships are festooned with coral, and most all the unique reef fish of the Pacific have made them home. When diving Truk expect calm water, occasional poor visibility, and hot weather. Both destinations are such a long haul that divers usually stop at a second island to amortize their trip costs. Yap has been the traditional stopover, but the diving in Kosrae and Pohnpei may be better choices.

Micronesia Seasonal Dive Planner

Air temperatures uniformly remain in the 80s year-round. For land travel, there's little difference between the wet and dry season, although January through March is considered the most comfortable season because of lower humidity and slightly cooler temperatures. Although visibility is slightly reduced by run-off during the July through October monsoons, the wind is also milder during this season, producing flatter seas. Water temperatures remain in the mid 80s year-round. Typhoons are most frequent between August and December but are rare in Palau.

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Diving Micronesia Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Micronesia Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Aggressor Fleet Review [same] [N/A] Alice Ribbens 2016/10
Odyssey Adventures Review [same] Chuuk Clayton Randall 2016/11
Palau Siren Review [same] Palau Frederick Michael Maisch 2016/05
Manta Ray Bay Review [same] Yap Dan Benson 2015/11
Aggressor Fleet Review [same] [N/A] Dan Benson 2015/11
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Diving Micronesia Articles - Land Based

The Kosrae Resort Raffle Result, 8/16
Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia Fish & Fins, Palau Aggressor, Micronesia -- Publicly Available, better by land than by sea, 5/16
Win a Tropical Dive Resort? Or Not., 5/16
Sams Tours, Palau, Micronesia, a less expensive alternative to a liveaboard, 1/16
The Full Story on Palaus Changes, 1/16
Kosrae and Yap, Micronesia, two magical stopovers in the mid-Pacific, 10/15
Mozambique, Mexico, Philippines . . ., more on the Thorfinn, and another Bonaire warning, 10/15
Cat Island, Chuuk Lagoon. . ., oceanic white-tips, and a nasty tub, 9/15
Florida, Maui, Palau . . ., good and bad Bahamas dive shops; the best week to dive Bonaire, 10/14
Blue Lagoon Resort, Chuuk, Micronesia, the non-liveaboard experience, 4/13
Flying to Micronesia? Options to Avoid United, 4/13
Belize, Hawaii, Cozumel, Palau . . ., Caribbean winter warnings and more trouble with the Siren fleet, 3/13

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Bikini Atoll, Hawaii, Raja Ampat, and one readers Hurricane Sandy dive trip, 11/12
Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Fiji, Truk. . ., plus unexpected cold water, and a liveaboard to avoid, 8/12
Cozumel, Anguilla, Palau, plus a shark dive with no sharks, and two resorts to avoid, 4/12
Mexico, Myanmar, Palau, Roatan, where to see big fish, where to avoid dead reefs and daytrippers, 6/11
Virgins, Little Cayman, Palau, Sipadan, Trash is drifting, sea life is missing, but these dive sites still shine, 2/11
Saipan, Statia, Lake Malawi, Key Largo..., reports from the back of beyond from undercover readers, 7/10
Blue Lagoon Resort, Truk, Micronesia, WWII wrecks worthy of technical dive training, 2/08
Pohnpei, Kosrae, Micronesia, the best of second stops, 10/06
The WWII Wrecks of Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, for skilled divers with a second mortgage, 4/06
Yap and Palau, Micronesia, two on land, one at sea, 7/05
Yap, Post Typhoon, 7/05
Midway Atoll --Three Hours from Hawaii, flush with fish but skimpy on coral, 2/00
TRAVEL TIPS PALAU, 9/99
Post-Nuclear Diving at Bikini Atoll, The sand crabs are hot, but the fish lifes not, 1/97

Diving Micronesia Articles - Liveaboards

What Happened to Palaus Jellyfish?, 6/16
Bahamas, French Polynesia, St. Vincent, and two great places for underwater photo classes, 2/16
What Really Happened to the Truk Siren?, 2/16
Palau Siren Grounds and Floods Palau Siren Grounds and Floods -- Publicly Available, thats five disasters for eight Siren boats in six years, 9/15
Typhoon Wrecks Truk Liveaboards, 5/15
Ocean Hunter III, Palau, Micronesia, a rival to Raja Ampat for marine wonders, 9/14
Bahamas, Hawaii, the Red Sea. . ., one Micronesia resort worth visiting, another thats not, 7/13
Another Chuuk Option: the Truk Odyssey, 4/13

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Palaus Chamber is Working Again, But Not Full-Time, 6/12
Fish n Fins and Ocean Hunter II, Palau, wheres the best diving, by land or by sea?, 9/08
Ocean Hunters Special Trips, 9/08
Two Undiscovered Destinations, and one that stands out, 8/06
Truk Lagoon, Micronesia, one by land, three by sea, 10/01
Diving Palau from the Sun Dancer II, the coral's been ravaged, but the fish are still there, 5/00
Palau Aggressor II, 3/96
Palau Live-Aboards, 3/96
Truk Aggressor Problems, 8/95
Sun Dancer in Palau, 2/95

Micronesia Dive Reviews

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Micronesia
Including Palau, Truk (Chuuk), Yap, Bikini Atoll & Marshall Islands and Kosrae

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just follow the links. -- BD

Diving In Indonesia Diving In Indonesia
by Sarah Ann Wormald

Indonesia covers a large area - an archipelago that consists of at least 17,500 islands. It's 3000 miles from Pulau Weh in the West to West Papua in the East, and nearly all of it has exceptionally good diving. A book that attempts to encompass such an area is very ambitious. Sarah Ann Wormald has concentrated on the areas that she knows, including Bali, North and South Sulawesi, Nusa Tengarra, Maluku and Raja Amat. The author writes with authority and the voice of someone who has actually experienced first-hand the places she writes about The maps are detailed, the photographs excellent. Whether you are interested in the macro-life of Lembeh, the mantas of Nusa Penida or the wobbegongs of Cape Kri, this is a useful volume in a format that can be carried with you.

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Four Fish Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.

If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and well-illustrated book is for you. The book, priced at $35, is only available at New World Publications.


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Dive Palau (The Shipwrecks) Dive Palau (The Shipwrecks)
by Rod MacDonald

The author has followed a format similar to that of Dan E. Bailey's seminal work, World War II Wrecks of Truk Lagoon, although this 295-page hardcover book is significantly smaller. There's the history, the contemporary black & white photographs, both of the ships themselves and from aerial reconnaissance, the more recent surface photographs of wartime remnants of installations and detailed maps. In a second section, each vessel is covered in individual chapters, detailing how and where they were built, how they went down and what it's like to dive them now. There are sketches of the wrecks as they lie at the bottom of the lagoon today.

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Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Asia/Indo-Pacific
by Cobb and Mullins

The second edition of the Nudibranchs Encyclopedia has been revised and updated by scientists Gary Cobb and David Mullins, but Neville Coleman is still very much in evidence. With more than 300 pages mostly bearing eight colored identification photographs per page, one could almost be forgiven for assuming that if a particular nudibranch isn't included in the more than 2000 photos, then it doesn't exist, but then, we all know that there will always still be more waiting to be discovered. In fact, it modestly claims only to include around 70 percent of the most commonly observed species of opisthobranchs as divers throughout the Asia/Indo-Pacific region discover more.

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Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific
by Terry Gosliner, Ángel Valdés and Dave Behrens

Indonesia has so much to offer the nudibranch enthusiast. For example, on Nudi Wall at Lembeh Strait, nudibranchs litter the seabed as if a great big sack of Gummy Bears has been carelessly tipped out. Nudibranchs are colorful slugs that wear their feathery gills on their backs. There are so many varieties, but how do you know which you've seen? New World Publications has come to the rescue with this weighty tome of 400 pages packed with color pictures, along with basic information to help the reader get the best chance of the right identification.

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Reef Fish of the East Indies Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman

It's got a list price of $250 and a weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to add this three-volume set to your library. Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292 pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.

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Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

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Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

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Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches. Order through us, get Amazon.com's best price and a good hunk of the profit will be donated to preserve coral reefs.



You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.



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