Exceptional Diving Sites: Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia
Chuuk is one of four states that make up the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a group of Pacific islands situated between the Philippines and Hawaii and south of the US territory of Guam. It is also one of the world's least visited countries. To divers however, the Chuuk Lagoon is home to shipwrecks & marine lives that draw divers to remote waters near a populated atoll with military history.
Chuuk Lagoon was the Empire of Japan's biggest and most formidable naval base in the South Pacific during World War II. The base was well-defended against Allies operating in New Guinea and the Soloman Islands. In 1944, the Japanese Imperial naval base at Chuuk was destroyed by a US naval attack. The attack, maned Operation Hailstone, continued for 3 days during which US planes sank 12 smaller warships, 32 merchant ships and 275 aircraft. Some even claimed that this is an attack equivalent to that of Pearl Harbour.
Today, what’s become known as the Ghost Fleet, The Chuuk Lagoon, has become a major scuba diving destination for divers interested in wreck diving. Within the diving site, there are countless war wrecks to venture into and many are easily accessible to recreational divers as they lie in depths of about 40 meters (about 130 feet). As the visibility ranges from about 30 meters, you might get a chance to have a stunning view of the entire wrecks within a great distance.
From their underwater grave, those ghostly and spooky skeletons and wrecks give live to a unique underwater museum. Many of the wrecks are "Maru" or merchant vessels that had been at anchor at the point of the massive bombing. Some had been fortified with anti-aircraft weapons and may have carried important supplies including zero fighter aircraft parts, tanks, torpedo shells, trucks and road supplies. As the lagoon has been declared a monument, salvage and souvenir taking of relics are prohibited by law.
When diving through historical wrecks, you may find yourself dodging massive metal sheets and planks while fighting the underwater currents in order to get to some of the submerged artifacts. Have a clear readability of time is important for safety and there is nothing worst that a scratched glass that affects the read on the watch. That is why the TWELF-X OCEAN 1908 Deep Wave, a dive-inspired automatic watch, offers a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. You'll have one less worry when you're roaming the former underwater battlefield with this timepiece on your wrist as part of your diving equipment and accessory.