Chuuk (Truk)

Chuuk State is a large atoll with remnants of its original volcano forming eleven small islands within its lagoon, and 14 smaller atolls and low islands. The lagoon is 40 miles across at its widest point. Chuuk (Truk Lagoon) is best known for its spectacular World War II wrecks, a Japanese fleet destroyed in 1944.

Fujikawa Maru: The most spectacular wreck we dived, the Fujikawa Maru is a 436' armed aircraft ferry with large deck guns and lots of cargo, resting upright with the deck at 50' and the stubs of two masts exposed, near Eten Island.

soft coral soft coral pillars jellyfish telegraph windows bow gun soft coral gas mask and bones

Cushion sea star, Culcita novaeguineae

cushion star

Blackfin barracuda, Sphyraena genie


Lionfish, Pterois volitans


Sankisan Maru: a 370' cargo vessel lying upright in 50-100' with one mast exposed, near Uman Island.

bottles Charlotte machine-gun ammunition tires tire cart machine gun

Suzuki: a former destroyer rerated as a patrol boat modified to carry landing craft, very shallow with a slight list to starboard.

soft coral machinery Charlotte torpedo ?

Shinkoku Maru: A well-preserved 500' tanker lying upright at 110'.

leather coral soft coral wreckage with soft coral soft coral door catwalk

Heian Maru: Largest ship in the lagoon, a passenger ship converted to a sub tender, lying on its port side at 110' off Dublon Island.

stern anemone and clownfish growth on wreckage wreckage

Betty Bomber: Almost completely intact, near the former runway on Eten Island at 65'.

canopy instrument panel wide angle view interior Charlotte cockpit canopy

Yamagiri Maru: munitions cargo vessel with a cargo of 18" artillery shells, near Fefan Island at 75'.


Emily Flying Boat: very large airplane lying upside-down at 50' off Dublon Island.

propellor engine fish engine

Kansu Maru (Kansho Maru): medium-sized freighter, upright with a slight list to port, at 25-130' near Fefan Island.

arch stairway soft coral stairway soft coral bottles ? teapot

Gosei Maru: 270' cargo vessel lying on its port side at 10-110' near Uman Island.

wreckage ? dishes Paul and soft coral Charlotte Charlotte and propellor

Kiyosumi Maru (Kiyozumi Maru): large freighter reclassified as an auxiliary cruiser, lying on its port side at 100' near Fefan Island.

diver and telegraph telegraph divers over hull telegraph wreckage soft coral

Futagami Maru: We have not located more information on this wreck other than that the name means "engine-and-sail boat".

telegraphs wreckage propellor tube

Rio de Janeiro Maru: converted from a luxury passenger ship to a cargo subtender, lying on its starboard side near Uman island with the deck at 50', visible from the surface.

passageway bottles case of bottles cargo

Topside scenes:

seascape of the lagoon children Weno children island sunset over wreck in lagoon children boy boy

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