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'.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Immigration and Health Requirements
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
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.
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.
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.
US $15 for Chuuk.
Currency, Credit Cards:
The U.S. dollar is the official currency. Most major
credit cards are welcome at most visitor-oriented businesses.
Chuuk is 10 hours ahead of GMT.
Chuuk enjoys modern, reliable telecommunication links
worldwide. TV, FAX and Internet services are readily
available through the services of the FSM Telecommunications
Chuuk is a healthy place to visit. There are no tropical
diseases and health care is readily available.
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.
English is the official language of the government and
of commerce. English is commonly spoken and understood.
Many elderly people are fluent in Japanese.
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.
Visitors to Chuuk are guests and hospitality is an honor
in our culture. Tips are neither expected nor encouraged.
Standard 110 volt and US type outlets are used.
Taxis are available and can be called to most locations.
Hire and rental cars, local boats and buses are also
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 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.
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