Scattered across the North Western Pacific, an area the size of continental USA, are the 2000 volcanic Caroline Islands. There are diverse cultures, natural beauty and some of the most spectacular diving in the world. These beautiful tropical islands are situated over 5,000 km west-southwest of Honolulu and east of the Philippines. Actually the tips of huge underwater mountains, low coral atolls encircle blue-green lagoons. The higher Islands have dramatic cliff faces which, rise directly from the sea and smothered in tropical jungle and sunshine. 

Micronesia means 'small islands' and in the eastern Caroline Islands is the Federated States of Micronesia made up of Yap, Chuuk (Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Travelling to the remote islands of Micronesia can be a complex process but at Planet we can guide you through the process.

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Why You'll love Diving in Micronesia !

  • The Wreck Graveyard of Truk Lagoon and manta playground of Yap
  • Liveaboard and landbased diving options
  • Stop-over in the Philippines, Hong Kong or the USA

The main area of Truk (or Chuuk) State is the Chuuk Lagoon, a large archipelago with mountainous islands surrounded by a string of islets on a barrier reef. The two major geographical and language divisions of the Chuuk Lagoon are Faichuuk, the western islands, and Namoneas, the eastern islands. Chuuk State further includes several more scarcely populated "outer island" groups.

During World War II, Truk pool was the kingdom of Japan's main place in the South Pacific theatre. A large portion of the Japanese fleet was based there, with its administrative center on Tonoas (south of Weno). Truk was the base for Japanese operations against Allied forces in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Right to its heavy fortifications, both natural and humanbuilt, the base at Truk was known to Allied forces for "the Gibraltar of the Pacific".

Operation Hailstone, raised by the United States in 1944, culminated in one of the most important nautical battles of the war at Truk. Twelve Japanese warships, thirty-two merchant ships and 249 aircraft were destroyed, although the more select warships had received advance warning and were even already at sea.

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This island, one of the four island of the Federal State of Micronesia, is situated in the western part of Micronesia in the Caroline Island chain in the western Pacific Ocean. The four islands are all very close together and connected by a coral reef.

It is probably the most "traditional" island in Micronesia, with the local population still wearing the costumes they have dressed in for thousands of years. "Stone money" is still used.

The diving here is astonishing. Yap is well known for its resident population of manta rays which live here year round period. But there's a lot more to explore and discover than just the mantas. Coral abounds and supports a wide variety of marine life and there are spectacular drop-offs that attract larger pelagics.

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