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Dive Review of Truk Aggressor in
Micronesia/Truk

Truk Aggressor, May, 2004,

by Greg Regnier, IL, USA . Report 1205.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Eastern Meditteranean, Red Sea, Caribbean, Galapagos, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 65 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 overwhelming.

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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