Truk Lagoon March 2016
Kaycher Diving is pleased to announce Truk Lagoon as a new location to our growing itinerary list.
Truk Lagoon is a location that is on every divers bucket list.
Kaycher Diving is putting together a package that will include:
Return economy class flights on Emirates Airlines from London Heathrow to Manila.
In Manila it includes a total of 2nts accommodation at the Remington Hotel in a willing to twin share room with breakfast with shuttle bus transfers.
Price also includes return United Airlines flights from Manila to Truk in economy class.
In Truk Blue Lagoon Resort it includes transfers and a total of 11nts accommodation with breakfast in a willing to twin share Standard Room, and 9 days diving / 3 dives per day with use of tanks and weights on air.
Excluded: Truk Dive Permit currently US $30 per person payable locally; Departure taxes approx US $20 per person payable locally.
The cost for this trip will approximately £3999.
(Please note above price is a GUIDE price based on 2015 rates as we cannot book the flights until 11 months before hand).
everyone must be aware that flights cannot be booked until 11 months before departure date, if at that time a better option for flights is on offer to help reduce costs or make the journey easier then this will be done.
Regarding deposits, interim payments and guaranteed prices:-
At this stage we would require a deposit of just GB £250 per person to make the booking for you. Deposit can be paid by debit or credit card and there is no handling charge for this. Once the prices are confirmed anyone in the group would have the option of pulling out from the trip – with no loss of deposit – should the prices be higher than expected. But please note, at that stage we would need to confirm the numbers to the boat and then make further payments to them to fully secure the sailing. I won’t know exactly how much they will want until the time comes around, but based on previous bookings I would expect it to be around GB £500 per person.
After WWI, Japan was given control of Truk (Chuuk) and fortified the lagoon into becoming one of their largest naval bases. It was from here that the Japanese fleet launched their attack on the US' Pearl Harbour in 1941. The ensuing retaliation of "Operation Hailstorm" in 1944 resulted in the loss of 61 ships, mostly "Maru" or merchant vessels which had been left at anchor whilst some 200 other vessels were safely evacuated to Palau. The result has been a collection of shipwrecks closely packed into a coral lagoon, many of which are within easy reach of recreational divers. Over the course of the itinerary you will explore many of these wrecks along with reefs in the inner lagoon.
Quickly submerging during the attack to avoid damage, the submarine unfortunately failed to close her valves, allowing for water to enter and as she descended she came to rest on her port side at a depth of 38m (140ft).
Resting on her port side, though almost completely intact despite repeated bombings, the Yamigari freighter still contains many artillery shells and ammunition.
A large oil tanker, now rests upright on the bottom encrusted with corals, sponges & hydroids. From the bridge you can see into the engine room whilst the galley still holds many utensils on the large stove. Small guns, mounted fore and aft are also covered with corals making this one of the most colourful and spectacular wrecks to be found in Truk.
Rio de Janeiro Maru
140m (430ft) long she lays on her port side in 34m (120ft). Once a luxury passenger vessel she was converted to a cargo vessel in wartime. Exploration of her holds turns up a range of supplies from beer bottles to guns. The upper deck reaches to an easily diveable depth of 10m (30ft).
A long-range aircraft lies on the seabed at 20m (80ft) and is surrounded by schooling fish.
Possibly the most famous reef dive in Truk, is a fantastic cleaning station for reef sharks and at just 18m (60ft) is perfect for some "off-gassing" in the afternoon after a morning of wreck diving.
Along with many many more fantastic wrecks.
Additional options: Tech unlimited
As we are awear at Kaycher that many of our customers are technical divers and have rebreather, there is an option to take a tech package whilst on the liveaboard and this will include :
Up to 5 dives per day ON TWINS with unlimited AIR fills and free Nitrox 32
Chuuk’s most experienced dive guides on every dive
50% discount on O2 enrichments above EAN32 for stages and backgas
Custom schedules for extended deep dives with double rigs, stage bottles, boat and personal guide available for 3 or more technical divers
Free manifolded doubles, or 2 side-mount cylinders, plus 1 free stage cylinder or pony bottle; or free set paired re-breather cylinders including a bail-out cylinder
Valet system for personal dive gear storage and pre-dive preparation, including camera gear to and from boats to C deck camera tables
The cost for this is an extra $500 (approx. £315)