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The Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon
Truk Blue Lagoon - MV Odyssey
11 night itinerary - 15 November 2017 departure
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Published by The Scuba Place, 2017-10-16 16:42:26

Truk Lagoon : Come Dive with Us : November 2017

The Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon
Truk Blue Lagoon - MV Odyssey
11 night itinerary - 15 November 2017 departure
from £4400

Keywords: Truk Lagoon,wrecks,Truk Blue Lagoon Resort,MV Odyssey,Odyssey Adventures,Come Dive with Us,November,2017

THE SCUBA PLACE

TRUK LAGOONWHERE TO DIVE : © Bonnie Pelnar, Under Watercolours

TRUK LAGOON © Bonnie Pelnar, Under Watercolours

In 1969, French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and his team explored Truk Lagoon.
Following Cousteau’s 1971 television documentary about the lagoon and its ghostly remains,
the place became a scuba diving paradise, drawing wreck diving enthusiasts from around the
world to see its numerous, virtually intact sunken ships. The shipwrecks and remains are
sometimes referred to as the “Ghost Fleet of Truk Lagoon”.
During World War II, Truk Lagoon was the Empire of Japan’s main base in the South Pacific
theatre. Truk was a heavily fortified base for Japanese operations against Allied forces in New
Guinea and the Solomon Islands, serving as the forward anchorage for the Japanese Imperial
Fleet.
Truk Lagoon was considered the most formidable of all Japanese strongholds in the Pacific. On
the various islands, the Japanese Civil Engineering Department and Naval Construction
Department had built roads, trenches, bunkers and caves. Five airstrips, seaplane bases, a
torpedo boat station, submarine repair shops, a communications centre and a radar station were
constructed during the war. Protecting these various facilities were coastal defence guns and
mortar emplacements. Due to its heavy fortifications, both natural and manmade, the base at
Truk was known to Allied forces as “the Gibraltar of the Pacific.”
A significant portion of the Japanese fleet was based at Truk, with its administrative centre on
Tonoas (south of Weno). At anchor in the lagoon, were the Imperial Japanese Navy’s battleships,
aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, tankers, cargo ships, tugboats, gunboats, minesweepers,
landing craft, and submarines. Some have described Truk as Japan’s equivalent of the
Americans’ Pearl Harbour.

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In 1944, Truk’s capacity as a naval base was destroyed through naval air attack. Forewarned by
intelligence a week before the US raid, the Japanese had withdrawn their larger warships (heavy
cruisers and larger vessels) to Palau. Once the American forces captured the Marshall Islands,
they used them as a base from which to launch an early morning attack on February 17, 1944
against Truk Lagoon. Operation Hailstone lasted for three days, as American carrier-based
planes sank twelve smaller Japanese warships (light cruisers, destroyers, and auxiliaries) and
thirty-two merchant ships, while destroying 275 aircraft, mainly on the ground. The
consequences of the attack made “Truk lagoon the biggest graveyard of ships in the world.”
The attacks for the most part ended Truk as a major threat to Allied operations in the central
Pacific. The Japanese garrison on Eniwetok was denied any realistic hope of reinforcement and
support during the invasion that began on February 18, 1944, greatly assisting U.S. forces in
their conquest of that island. Truk was isolated by Allied (primarily U.S.) forces, as they
continued their advance towards Japan, by invading other Pacific islands, such as Guam, Saipan,
Palau, and Iwo Jima. It was attacked again from 12 to 16 June 1945 by part of the British Pacific
Fleet during Operation Inmate. Cut off, the Japanese forces on Truk and other central Pacific
islands ran low on food and faced starvation before Japan surrendered in August 1945.

© Tim Rock

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TRUK BLUE LAGOON © Tim Rock

At the Blue Lagoon Resort your comfort is not measured in square metres. The Blue Lagoon
Resort has large and comfortably furnished rooms. Every room has a private balcony and a
beautiful view. And the views from the dining room are truly picturesque. The natural scenery of
the resort makes it easy to relax and take in the beauty of the Pacific.

Blue Lagoon is located at the centre of "Operation Hailstone,” the U.S. Navy Attack on Truk
Lagoon that took place in February 1944. Many WWII relics left the the Imperial Japanese Navy
remain on the resort premises, including defensive “pillboxes.”
The Blue Lagoon Dive Shop is a complete dive centre that offers air, nitrous and mixed gas.
Multiple dive boats allow for smaller groups and greater flexibility.And for snorkelers there are
two coral reef sanctuaries - Fonomu Island and Jeep Island.

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MV ODYSSEY

The Odyssey boasts nine large, luxurious staterooms en suite and all fully carpeted with air
conditioning controls, windows or large portholes. Seven of the staterooms are equipped to
easily accommodate two single travellers in twin beds or a couple in a spacious king size bed.
Also available are two staterooms for single travellers only – they have all the features of the
double staterooms and easily accommodate the single traveller in a twin bed.

A day aboard Odyssey begins after a 7:00 a.m. hot breakfast with the first dive briefing around
7:45. You will be able to do two dives before lunch. During lunch the Odyssey will usually move
to a new site. After lunch you have the option to either do another dive, or relax on the either of
the sundecks or in the privacy of your own stateroom. A late afternoon dive is also offered.
Around 6:30 p.m. a sumptuous dinner will be waiting for you. After dinner you may choose to
do a night dive. At night guests usually gather in the entertainment lounge to enjoy a movie, or
review what was captured that day in video. The best part about diving aboard Odyssey is that
we don't require everyone to dive at the same time. So it is not unusual for you and your buddy
to be the only divers on a 500' wreck.

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TRUK LAGOON GALLERY

© Tim Rock (FSM Visitors Board) © Bonnie Pelnar, Under Watercolours (Odyssey Adventures)

THE SCUBA PLACE

COME DIVE WITH US
THE GHOST FLEET OF TRUK LAGOON
11 night itinerary: Wednesday 15 November - Wednesday 29 November 2017

PRICE :
£4400 per person based on double occupancy
£750 non-refundable deposit per person to reserve space
balance due 13 weeks prior to departure
Booking Conditions at www.thescubaplace.co.uk/booking-conditions.asp

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FLIGHT DETAILS :
Wednesday 15 November 2017 : Korean Airlines 908/111

departing : LHR - London Heathrow at 18:50
arriving : ICN - Seoul at 14:45 (GMT+9 / next day)
departing : ICN - Seoul at 19.35 (GMT+9)
arriving : GUM - Guam at 00:50 (GMT+10 / next day)
details : economy seating, 23kg checked baggage plus 12kg hand baggage,
1st additional bag $130USD
Friday 17 November 2017 : United Airlines 155
departing : GUM - Guam at 09:20 (GMT+10)
arriving : TKK - Truk at 11:08 (GMT+10)
details : economy seating, 23kg checked baggage plus size restricted hand
baggage and one personal item, 1st additional bag $50USD

Tuesday 28 November 2017 : United Airlines 154
departing : TKK - Truk at 16:20 (GMT+10)
arriving : GUM - Guam at 17:55 (GMT+10)
details : economy seating, 23kg checked baggage plus size restricted hand
baggage and one personal item, 1st additional bag $50USD

Wednesday 29 November 2017 : Korean Airlines112/907
departing : GUM - Guam at 02:30 (GMT+10)
arriving : ICN - Seoul at 06:15 (GMT+9)
departing : ICN - Seoul at 13:00 (GMT+9)
arriving : LHR - London Heathrow 16:30
details : economy seating, 23kg checked baggage plus 12kg hand baggage, 1st
additional bag $130USD

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THE SCUBA PLACE

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS :
True Blue Lagoon Resort : Truk Lagoon

check in : Friday 17 November 2017
check out : Sunday 19 November 2017
details : twin room, bed & breakfast board
LIVEABOARD DETAILS:
MV Odyssey : Truk Lagoon
check in : Sunday 19 November 2017
check out : Sunday 26 November 2017
details : twin cabin, full board
Odyssey Adventures : Truk Lagoon
details : 6 days diving with up to 5 dives per day, free NITROX for certified divers
ACCOMMODATION DETAILS:
True Blue Lagoon Resort : Truk Lagoon
check in : Sunday 26 November 2017
check out : Tuesday 28 November 2017
details : twin room, bed & breakfast board
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TRANSFERS:
All airport and local transfers included
NOT INCLUDED:
airline upgrades : we can arrange for higher class seating and/or extra baggage, please
contact us for up to date pricing
single supplement : available at an additional charge of £580

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THE SCUBA PLACE

BOOKING DETAILS:
To book this trip please contact us 020 7644 8252 or at [email protected]
Any change in pricing due to flight availability or other circumstances will be disclosed
and discussed at time of booking.
Please note there is a 2% processing fee for Visa and MasterCard credit cards and 3.5%
for Amex. There is no fee for payment by debit card or bank transfer.
Tickets and full travel documentation for group travel will be issued to all passengers 2
weeks prior to departure. All passengers will receive confirmation of their booking and
receipt for deposit or any payment immediately after processing along with an ATOL
certificate.
Passenger names as listed on passport, together with passport number and expiry date,
date of birth and nationality is required for each passenger travelling before final
documents can be distributed.
Travel and Diving Insurance are mandatory.
Please review all Booking Conditions www.thescubaplace.co.uk/booking-conditions.asp
Thank you!


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