Best known for the world-class wreck diving of Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia is a stunning dive destination offering huge variety throughout its numerous islands. While this South Pacific island nation may seem a million miles away, diving Micronesia is well worth the effort to get there. Here is a quick summary of the best dive spots in Micronesia:
Strong Pacific Ocean currents and a lively barrier reef make Palau a top spot for big pelagic species and exciting shark action. Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, and barracuda vie for position in the water column while mantas and eagle rays fly past. Palau also boasts some fascinating military wrecks, remnants of the Japanese fleet that was stationed in the harbor during WWII.
Yap is famous for its manta rays, abundant along the islands' pristine reefs and nutrient-rich waters. Dozens of cleaning stations attract these gentle giants close to shore where they are protected within a conservation zone alongside many other reef species. Yap also boasts prolific shark life and healthy, colorful reefs.
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A mecca for wreck divers, Chuuk (or Truk) Lagoon is the final resting place of over 60 WWII ship and plane wrecks, sunk by Allied bombs in 1944 and 1945. Many of the wrecks lie in shallow water and are covered in encrusting marine life and critters of all sorts. There is also some good shark diving if you ever get tired of the wrecks.
Rarely visited and as such a pristine dive environment, Kosrae's exceptionally healthy reefs and vibrant marine life are a joy to explore. Abundant coral gardens and rocky slopes smothered in growth are home to a plethora of large and small creatures.
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