Truk Lagoon – wrecks and sharks!

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Truk Lagoon – wrecks and sharks!

The S/Y Truk Siren and her great team on board was ready to welcome aboard a group of 14 guests from around the Globe: Germany, France, Sweden, and the UK. Archie and Von Covell from the U.K. surprised Cruise Director Jon as they had been on the Fiji Siren last December (2013) on back to back trips with him, so it was a cheerful reunion. Also a third returning Siren Fleet guest from the U.K. this trip is Colin Poole. It is always great to see guests returning to experience the Siren Fleet Hospitality and Service!

TRUK 2012 SAN FRANZISCO MARU 080Of the 31 dives offered during the cruise, new dives this trip were done on the very famous San Francisco Maru (the deepest dive on the itinerary), the submarine I-169, the Fumitzuki (a Japanese Destroyer) and for those who opted not to do the San Francisco (half the group) Jon and Kitachi took them to an 18m deep dive at ‘Shark Reef’. Shark Reef impressed those that took part with the ever present Grey Reef Sharks, a couple of Black Tip Reef Sharks coming and going and an array of reef fish and wide variety of corals – all surrounded by a beautiful white sand bottom. Both groups came back to the boat after the San Francisco / Shark Reef dive saying ‘Best Dive yet’.

TRUK 2009 UW - SEIKO MARU - 016Some of the other wrecks that the group got to experience during the 10 night charter were the Shinkoku Maru, Yamagiri Maru, Gosei Maru, Sankisan Maru, Nippo Maru, Heian Maru, Rio de Janeiro Maru, Amagisan Maru, Unkai Maru, Hoki Maru, Betty Bomber and the ever popular Fujikawa Maru.
On board was the French Journalist Pascal Kobeh who took hundreds if not thousands of photos of the wrecks, crew, Truk Siren and the guests during the week so many are looking forward to seeing themselves in the French publications that Pascal is working for.

TRUK 2009 UW - NIPPO MARU - 0173 guests took advantage of their time on board with Jon completing some PADI courses. Allesio and Carlos from Argentina and Orjan from Sweden completed the PADI Enriched Air Diver course, and Orjan took the next step in his dive training to complete the PADI Advanced Open Water Course. During this trip many of the guests took two opportunities to do land based excursions. On the first we visited the Island of Tonoas which was a main base for the Japanese 4th Fleet during the war. On our final day on board after our two final dives were completed. We headed back to Weno where we embark and disembark our passengers. After lunch we had about the guests heading back to land to tour around the small town of Weno, visit the diving museum at one of the local resorts which houses many artifacts from the wrecks which were removed in the early days of diving Chuuk Lagoon.

Our final night farewell dinner was a smashing success and discussions of the previous 10 day dive adventure dominated the conversations. A final big breakfast on the day of disembarkation along with group photos were completed, and the guests gathered their belongings and headed out to Chuuk airport to check in for the flight home – or towards their next holiday destination. Safe diving and fond farewells were traded by the Truk Siren crew and the guests and they were on their way! Cheers everyone!

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