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TRUK LAGOON : DIVING TRIPS

Frequently Asked Questions


How many dives will we do?

We will be diving for 12 whole days whilst in Truk. What normally happens is that we do two dives a day. First dive in the morning normally starts round 8:30am and will be one of the deeper wrecks. Afternoon dives normally start round 2pm. This gives everyone a good surface interval and long dive. For recreational diving groups we can arrange more diving opportunities in each day if you want them.

What about run-times?

Dive planning is left to you. There are no restrictions in run times (within reason!!). The thing that we take very seriously is safety, so please consider your dive times conservatively. Boats mostly head out at 8:30am in the morning and again 2pm in the afternoon. If you want to do a 4 hour runtime then you have to take into consideration your surface interval times and repetitive dive plans. Most people who choose to do a large dive, sit the afternoon dives out.

What dive equipment should I bring?

Your trip fees include the use of 2 x tanks (11.6l ali) for bottom and deco gas, weight belt and weights if you need them. We have also provided breather tanks (this is at a surcharge of us$20 a day for 2 breather tanks = us$240 for the trip). This is payable to Pete and you can pay cash for this when you meet him at truk). We have 80 deco stage clip set ups so no need to bring your own. You will need to pay for the gas you use, Helium is $0.15 per liter, and Oxygen $0.06 per liter We have also shipped adequate sorb out based on what people have specified they need for their diving. Sorb will be on a pay as you go basis. The sorb will be stored in the shop so it will be based on the honesty system where if you take a tub just put your name down and settle the bill (directly to Pete and not the shop) at the end of the trip.

What exposure protection is required?

It is our recommendation that you bring a FULL length suit. 2mm or Fourth element thermocline gear. You will need the full length suit for scratch and abrasion protection. A scratch turns into a septic mess if untreated in the tropics and seeing you will be wet a lot of the time it doesn’t give your wounds time to heal properly, so if you protect yourself that is much better than having this festering mess on your body causing discomfort! Also bring some silk socks or Fourth Element thermocline socks to put under your booties. This will prevent rubbing and blisters forming.

What language Is spoken?

Everyone speaks English but if you learn a few local phrases, you'll probably get a big smile in return!

What is the climate like?

Everyone wants to go at the “best time” of year and the brochures never show rainy conditions do they? But the tropics are green because it rains a lot! And these days global weather patterns are ever changing so seasons are not predictable anymore. So expect blistering, hot, oily calm days followed by rain squalls and windy choppy conditions. In short, its the tropics! A good recommendation would be to bring a light waterproof jacket - and plenty of sunblock!

Currency

The currency in Chuuk is the US dollar. Major credit cards and travelers checks are also widely accepted. There is a bank in the town. If you don’t want to carry cash you can take travelers cheques. There is no ATM in Truk Town so: If from outside US, take some money in traveller cheques take some cash to pay for your Sorb and CCR tank hire. Book up all your food and drinks at hotel to your room and pay for it on your credit card .

What power supplies are used?

The resort provides 110 volt/60 cycle electricity with the U.S. type flat 2-pin plug or 3-pin (two flat pins and a rounded ground pin pictured above).

220V electricity is available in the dive shop and also at the front desk of the resort. Have a good look at your charger requirements you will probably find that their input is from 100-240 volts and be ok for the trip. You will need adaptors. What I did last time was brought a multibox with me so I only needed one adaptor and everything else just plugged into the multibox! This proved to be invaluable.

What should I bring to wear?

Dress is casual, shorts and t-shirts are widely acceptable on the resort grounds and of course on the dive boats! For women, it is considered offensive to wear skimpy clothing that do not cover up the hips so local custom is to wear a skirt or wrap to cover the thighs when away from the resort.

Anything else I should bring?

In our tropical climate, you will want protection from the sun - sunscreen and hats. The Blue Lagoon Resort has a gift shop and you can find items such as toothpaste and other of those easily forgotten items there or in some of the small stores around the island. The resort provides towels for diving too. Good footware, insect repelant, a light shower proof jacket will also be usefull. Also a waterproof bag for onboard the dive boats if you dont want your gear getting wet.

Any other fees or extra costs I should be aware of?

The airport departure fee is $20. This has to be paid at the airport so make sure you have $20 USD cash left.

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