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Dive Review of Truk Blue Lagoon Resort in
Micronesia/Truk Lagoon

Truk Blue Lagoon Resort: "Great single tank wreck diving in Truk", Oct, 2016,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 21 Helpful votes). Report 9150.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments There's no easy way to get to Truk! We came from the UK via Dubai, Manila and Guam. There are only 4 flights a week from Guam so you need to plan your flights carefully. Visitors from the US have the option to take the "island hopper" from Honolulu. Nauru based, Our Airline, had flights from Brisbane. However, we met an Australian who had been stranded while we were there because Our Airline had suddenly decided not to fly to Truk!!
Sadly, the main island (where the airport and the Blue Lagoon Resort are) looks and feels like a third world country. From the airport to the hotel is only about 5km but took more than half an hour due to the atrocious state of the road. The bus that took us had a huge cracked wind screen. We were told that the local men throw rocks at passing vehicles regularly when they get liquored up. Apparently alcohol abuse is a big issue. That said, I found the local people to be friendly enough if you took time to smile and say hello.
The Blue Lagoon Resort is situated at the south of Weno and has fast boats which make it to the wrecks within 10 to 30 minutes. The resort itself is basic but my room was clean and the air con worked. The food was OK, not fancy but edible. There is (slow) wifi but only in and around the reception which got pretty busy at times. There is an open air bar with beer at about $5 a bottle. There is a 50% tax on alcohol.
The dive centre (Blue Lagoon Diving) is beside the resort. They run basic but fast boats. Nitro is available, as are gases for technical divers. We saw a number of these.
The centre has limited storage (although they were building a small extension to the secure storage area while we were there). There are no boxes or lockers to store your gear.
Nitrox is available at around $10 a fill. We typically dived on the wrecks using Nitrox29 occasionally 30. The shallower dives on the aircraft etc are fine on air and are usually hr last dive of the day. Most people seemed to be doing two or three dives a day. We chose to do 4 dives each day. We were diving on single tanks which limited us to around 40m max depth. This meant that there were a few wrecks that we could not dive (e.g. the San Francisco Maru which is is the 45 to 65m range). However, we dived many of the wrecks and were very pleased with what we dived. The wrecks are in great condition with loads to see and good penetration possibilities. Our guide for the week did not use Nitrox. While he did guide us into holds, engine rooms etc on many dives - he did generally take us back to the line and left us to complete the dive around there because of his deco requirements. He said he prefers not to dive on Nitrox but we found this a bit odd! That said it did not spoil our diving and we had a great time. There is just so much to see on every wreck. Most wrecks benefit from multiple dives, in fact you can't possibly do them justice otherwise.
Websites Truk Blue Lagoon Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Palau; Sipadan; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Cuba; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain
Closest Airport Truk Getting There Through Guam

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 30-31°C / 86-88°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 8-25 M / 26-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions As we were diving on single tanks (usually with thin Nitrox) we limited ourselves to 40m
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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