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CHUUK








Truk Lagoon's S.S. Thorfinn - Seaward Holidays
P.O. Box 1086, Weno, Chuuk, FM 96942
Federated States of Micronesia
Phone: (691) 330-3040
FAX: (691) 330-4253

Welcome aboard Truk Lagoon's SS Thorfinn, one of the world's largest and most seaworthy live aboard dive cruisers. A superbly equipped ship well suited to diving adventures at Truk Lagoon and exploring on Pan Micronesian 'Voyages of Discovery'.
Seaward@mail.fm
http://www.thorfinn.net

About Chuuk

Chuuk is an island group in the south western part of the Pacific Ocean. It comprises one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), along with Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap. Chuuk is the most populous of the FSM's states. Geographically, Chuuk is also part of the larger Caroline Islands group.

Chuuk includes fifteen large islands, 192 outer islands and 80 islets and has one of the largest lagoons in the world. Once a major Japanese center and military base, it was devastated during World War II. It's natural beauty and ecology has been quick to return but today the people of Chuuk lead a simpler life and have much in common with the way their ancestors lived before the arrival of the Europeans and Japanese. Fishing and subsistence agriculture sustain the majority of Chuukese who live on the outlying islands.

On the capital of Weno and main islands of Tonoas, Uman, Fefan and Tol, life marches to a slightly more modern beat with many families earning a living from tourism, commercial fishing and government work. All of the major tourism and government facilities are located on Weno, including the airport, hotels and dive operators.

While Chuuk is best known for its wreck diving, a visit to Chuuk does not have to be all about diving or diving wrecks. Divers and non-diving companions alike will enjoy a day or overnight trip to the many tiny islands located in and around the lagoon. Hidden in the jungle of the major islands are many Japanese fortifications and artifacts. There are many rare species of flora and fauna, scenic sites, cultural artifacts and Japanese WWII fortifications hidden in the jungle to be explored by those with the energy to hike the interior trails. You will also find beautiful long stretches of white sand beaches.

Chuuk, known to most divers as Truk, because of Truk Lagoon, boasts a vast, shallow, beautiful lagoon, and is a Mecca for wreck divers. Known to the world as the graveyard of the Pacific, Truk Lagoon is the final resting place of more than 70 WW II ships and hundreds of aircraft that fell to the U.S. Forces during "Operation Hailstone". Many of these wrecks rest upon the bottom with trucks, jeeps, planes and equipment they were carrying still intact. During the past 50+ years these huge artifacts of the past have become home for a profusion of soft corals and marine life.

Less dived and spectacular itself is the outer reef with peaks, caves and dropoffs with hard and soft corals in a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes. Here you can experience hundreds of species of fishes and lots of palagics.

Climate: Warm & Humid
Year Round Low to Mid 70's
Night Mid to Upper 80's Day
Water Temperature: 78 - 85F Visibility: Up to 100+ ft

GettingThere

Like many islands within the region, commercial air service is rather limited due to small population and tourist traffic. The only scheduled passenger services for Chuuk is the United Airlines (formerly Continental Micronesia) "Island Hopper" service between Guam and Honolulu (three times weekly in each direction) and the Guam-Chuuk-Pohnpei flight which is once weekly in each direction.

Guam is serviced by a number of national, international and commuter airlines. Regular flights connect Guam with numerous points throughout Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and the other Islands of Micronesia and the Continental U.S.

Customs, Immigration and Health Requirements

Each island airport throughout Micronesia has its own customs and immigration officers. If you plan on visiting several islands on one trip, you will be passing through customs and immigration lines at each stop and filling out the usual paperwork.

All visitors arriving in the FSM must have and present proof of citizenship or nationality by possessing a valid passport or other travel document issued by the government of the country of citizenship or nationality. The document must be valid for at least 120 days beyond the date of departure from the FSM. Citizens and nationals of the FSM, Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands may prove citizenship or nationality by possessing a passport, birth certificate or FSM entry permit.

Every visitor must demonstrate the ability to travel onward beyond the FSM and to leave the FSM at the end of the visit. This can be shown by possession of a return or onward ticket to a destination outside of the FSM to a place where his or her travel documents will allow entry. At the discretion of the Chief of Immigration & Labor, in lieu of a ticket, the visitor may present any other form of proof to show that the non-citizen will be able to leave the FSM upon expiration of the visit or otherwise.

Vaccination or certification is not required unless the traveler comes from an infected area. Plants and animals must be given prior approval before entry, and animals must be quarantined. Importation of controlled substances or weapons is strictly prohibited.

Departure Tax:
US $15 for Chuuk.

Traveler Information

Currency, Credit Cards:
The U.S. dollar is the official currency. Most major credit cards are welcome at most visitor-oriented businesses.

Time:
Chuuk is 10 hours ahead of GMT.

Telecommunications:
Chuuk enjoys modern, reliable telecommunication links worldwide. TV, FAX and Internet services are readily available through the services of the FSM Telecommunications Corporation.

Medical Facilities:
Chuuk is a healthy place to visit. There are no tropical diseases and health care is readily available.

Postal Services:
U.S. Postal rates apply, and there is a post office. Post office is open daily during regular business hours and are closed on week-ends.

What to Wear:
Travel light. It never gets cold, so only lightweight clothing should be brought. Attire is very casual and formal wear is considered unnecessary and impractical. Hats, sunglasses and sun screen are recommended when enjoying the sun.

Language:
English is the official language of the government and of commerce. English is commonly spoken and understood. Many elderly people are fluent in Japanese.

Media:
Newspapers, government and private, are available. There are AM and FM radio stations as well as a cable station on Chuuk where you can watch live satellite broadcasts of CNN and ESPN.

Tipping:
Visitors to Chuuk are guests and hospitality is an honor in our culture. Tips are neither expected nor encouraged.

Electricity:
Standard 110 volt and US type outlets are used.

Transportation:
Taxis are available and can be called to most locations. Hire and rental cars, local boats and buses are also available.

Shopping:
Goods include T-shirts with local expressions, handy crafts, items of local manufacture such as jewelry, carvings and other local products. All make perfect gifts to remember your visit.

Business Hours:
Business hours are normally from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. On weekends most retail outlets are open with some limiting hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Banks and Government Offices are closed. Restaurants and Bars are open until 10:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends.

Local Foods:
The staple foods of the island are taro, yam, breadfruit, sweet potatoes and coconut. The main source of protein are fish, crabs, clams and pork. Restaurants offer local fare on their menus along with a wide selection of international dishes.

 

 
 

 


 










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