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Dive Review of Truk Aggressor in

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Regnier, IL, USA
Report Number 1205
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Eastern Meditteranean, Red Sea, Caribbean, Galapagos, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 85    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The limitations during this week included no planned deco diving. There are
deep diving weeks that are scheduled, but this wasn't one of them.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Truk Lagoon is wonderful! This is some of the most interesting diving I
have experienced in the 30 plus years that I have been involved in the
sport. The sense of history and seeing firsthand the tragic toll of war is

The Truk Aggressor is a very comfortable boat. The accomodations may be a
little tight, there's not a lot of clearance on the top bunk, but by boat
standards, everything is roomy. This was not a full boat, which is
surprising given the quality and diversity of the diving. I guess many
people still consider Truk to be a technical dive location and that could
not be further from reality.

The corals that encrust the wrecks are incredible. Healthy, diverse,
colorful and plentiful just begins to describe the bounty of corals that
you find. Add to this an abundance of fish, nudibranchs, tiny, tiny
critters, warm water and no currents and you have the makings of the
perfect place to get up close and personal while you observe the sea life.

The wrecks are eerily impressive. Silent testamonials to the violence of
war and the vulnerablity of the men and machines attacked at sea. It is
proper to have a solemn respect for the grave sites upon which we are lucky
enough to be allowed to dive.

The diving at Truk is surprisingly easy. The wrecks offer easy penetration
and swim throughs for the most part. The Aggressor crew conducted
comprehensive, detailed predive briefings that provided a history of the
boat, the things that we would see, the types of animals that had settled
on the wreck and any potentially hazardous areas to avoid. 

Although there are deep diving opportunities at Truk, the deck of the San
Fransisco Maru is at 165', you don't have to go deep to enjoy the diving.
In fact, there are advantages to not going deep in that you don't have to
spend long times on a hang bar decompressing. During the week that I was on
the Aggressor most of the dives were no deeper than 110' and you make a
natural ascent up the structure of the wreck. Diving on Nitrox also limits
the depth of the dives, but offers a nice safety margin for multiple dives.
There were a couple of dives where I switched to air and made dives to
145', so there is a degree of flexability in how you conduct your dives.

Truk Lagoon is definitely on my list of dive sites which merit a return. I
would encourage any diver to go to Truk and experience some of the best
diving available.
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