Truk Master

Experience the Wreck Diving Capital of the World with the Truk Master and dive deeper into history!

Built of steel, the Truk Master is the newest liveaboard to ply the waters of this lagoon, welcoming aboard 16 guests for 7 or 10 night dive safaris. Four decks provide ample space for relaxation, dive equipment and camera preparation, whilst an experienced crew ensures you receive only the highest quality service on your diving vacation.

Guests may choose between lower, middle and upper deck cabins, each of which are en-suite and have individual air conditioning units. Communal relaxation areas are split between the middle and upper decks comprising of a spacious indoor dining area, camera set up station and guest storage drawers, lounge bar with comfortable bench seating and plasma screen, shaded outdoor seating area and a sundeck.

Dive equipment is set up and stored on the rear of the middle deck. All guests are allocated an individual set up station, with under bench storage for masks, fins and other personal items. A central camera table can be used to store prepared equipment ahead of the dive, with dedicated rinse tanks provided. Divers can take advantage of the on deck shower hoses or use the starboard side deck head to rinse off between dives. The Captain welcomes you to join him at the fly-bridge, from where you can soak up the stunning views of the islands of Truk Lagoon.

Truk is best known for its world-class wreck diving and with over 60 wrecks, from supply vessels (Maru) to planes and a submarine, tightly packed into a coral reef lagoon. It is easy to appreciate why divers travel to this area time and time again. During WWII, the Japanese fleet used Truk as one of their main staging points for attacks on the allied forces but in 1944 the American led “Operation Hailstone” surprised the fleet resulting in the plethora of dive sites which we can see there today.

Many historical artifacts such as medicine bottles and newspapers along with articles of war, which include aircraft wings for the Zero Fighter planes, tanks, guns, gas masks and ammunition, can still be found at many of the
sites. Whilst the wrecks themselves are encrusted with corals, you can still clearly see telegraphs, steering columns and mounted guns. There is also the opportunity to explore engine rooms and holds. Surrounded by a coral reef, there are many excellent coral pinnacles and deep channels with schooling pelagics too!

The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites and wrecks we may visit during your liveaboard safari with Master Liveaboards in Truk (also known as Chuuk). We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.
 
Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:
 
Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
Snack
Briefing for Sunset or Night dive
Dinner
 
For your final full day aboard, we schedule 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for offgassing before disembarkation the following morning and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

Dive Sites

Fujikawa Maru – a signature dive of Truk Lagoon, this 132m (436ft) armed cargo ship sits perfectly upright on the sandy bottom at a depth of 37m (121ft) whilst the forward king post reaches up to 5m (15ft). The “Fuji” offers 6 holds, 4 of which are open, in which can be found parts of Zero Fighter Aircraft including engine parts, propeller blades and fuel cells.  Deeper inside the wreck, Mitsubishi A5m Claude & A6M parts can be discovered. The bow gun is encrusted with corals and the outer wreck supports sea fans, soft corals & anemones. Exploring the “Fuji” is possible for divers of all levels however deeper penetration into the engine room will only be permitted to certified tec / wreck divers. Throughout the 10-night cruise we will offer several dives on this famous wreck to allow our guests to explore in full and take photographs at different times of day.
 
Fumitsuki
– A 97m (300ft) long Japanese Destroyer. She sits upright in 39m (128ft) of water rising up to 27m (89ft). Covered in marine life she is a pleasure to dive.
 
Submarine I.169 – 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 42m (138ft).
 
Yamigari Maru – Resting on her port side, though almost completely intact despite repeated bombings, the Yamigari freighter still contains many artillery shells and ammunition.
 
Shinkoku Maru – A large oil tanker, now rests upright on the bottom encrusted with corals, sponges & hydroids. Highlights include the telegraph room on the bridge, a spacious engine room and a galley that still features 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.
 
Nippo Maru –With a depth range of 21m – 47m (69ft-154ft) the Nippo is an intriguing dive site for recreational divers and tec divers alike. With a tank and howitzer guns on deck, and 5-inch guns in the holds, the Nippo is not to be missed.   Heian Maru – The largest ship in the lagoon, the Heian, originally used as a cargo ship, is 165m (510ft) in length and lies on her port side in 35m (115ft) of water. Within her holds divers may find torpedoes, shells and even the occasional periscope.
 
San Francisco Maru – The passenger & cargo ship, weighing 5,831 tons, lays upright at a depth of 62m (203ft). Here divers can check out the remains of many well preserved war-relics including three large tanks which rest on the deck at 50m (164ft). NOTE: Due to the depth of the San Francisco Maru, this dive will be offered only to those divers possessing the necessary training and experience to plan and safely execute technical dives.
 
Hoki Maru – This 30m (100ft) long freighter lies upright from 50m (165ft) and is only partially intact. The aft hold carries trucks and road supplies whilst sake bottles can be found here too. The superstructure is awe-inspiring and covered with brightly coloured sponges.
 
Gosei Maru – A submarine tender carrying torpedoes starts in just 3m (10ft) and drops to 35m (115ft) within which can be found many personal artifacts, serving as a reminder of those who lost their lives during the battle.
 
Rio de Janeiro Maru- 140m (430ft) long she lays on her port side in 35m (115ft). 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 9m (30ft).
 
Betty Bomber
– A Mitsubishi G4M “Betty” Bomber aircraft lies on the seabed at 18m (60ft) and is surrounded by schooling fish. Nicknamed: “The Flying Cigar” for its shape but also because the aircraft lit up when shot, as the fuel tanks were unprotected.
 


 

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