Great wreck diving in Truk Lagoon!

Great wreck diving in Truk Lagoon!

The Truk Siren was happy to welcome on board her new guests, all very excited to dive the most exciting WWII wrecks in the world!
First on the schedule was the Kiyosumi Maru, this 6 hold diesel passenger cargo vessel was in the repair anchorage on the day of the attacks and didn’t stand a chance as it was torpedoed in its starboard bow tearing a catatrosphic hole in her hull which flooded both hold one and two. The destruction is terrifying and we swam in easily through the gaping torpedo hole big enough to drive a bus through. The Kiyosumi has been nick named the bicycle wreck, in one of the aft holds the frame and what is left of the wheels of a bicycle are wedged neatly against the bulkhead. Dropping down from here we squeezed through a small opening that then opens up into another one of her cavernous holds.

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Amazing wreck dive experience this week on the Truk Siren!

Amazing wreck dive experience this week on the Truk Siren!

It’s been over a year since I last set foot on one of the Siren fleets vessels but I’m back again, this time in my dream destination. Truk Lagoon!
Thankfully I was eased gently back into live a board life as my first trip as acting Cruise director had only three guests on-board! Our well-seasoned divers arrived ready to get straight into the action. Getting through our briefings quickly we did our check out dive on the biggest intact wreck in the lagoon, the Heian Maru. This 510ft submarine tender sank on its port side, making a vertical wall of its huge deck area to explore. You could literally dive a whole week on this wreck and still not explore every corner and see every treasure it has to offer.

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Wrecks, Wrecks and more wrecks! There is so much History in Truk!

Wrecks, Wrecks and more wrecks! There is so much History in Truk!

The Truk siren and her crew were ready to start a new adventure diving the different Truk’s wrecks! This time she welcomed on board 15 Americans join us for a fabulous week of rust and relaxation.
After a good night’s sleep, our guests hit the dive deck bright and early for our first day of diving. And with the Heian Maru and the Rio de Janeiro Maru on the itinerary, they could not have asked for a better introduction to Truk Lagoon. The Heian is Truk’s largest wreck, but it has much more to offer than mere size. The cargo of long lance torpedoes and submarine periscopes make the Heian a favorite among wreck divers of all levels. Our more advanced divers, meanwhile, relished the opportunity to test their skills by maneuvering through the wonderful engine room of the Rio de Janeiro.

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Wrecks, dolphins and sharks!

Wrecks, dolphins and sharks!

The Truk Siren and her crew welcomed for her first trip of the year a group from Australia and UK for seven days of fantastic wreck diving in Truk Lagoon!
Once on board, the guests were quick to get their gear unpacked and jump into the water for a check dive at the Heian Maru. No one needed to be told that Truk Lagoon is widely considered the world’s premier wreck diving destination, but few expected the special treat that awaited them on their first dive! A dolphin that swam to within a meter of our divers!

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Wrecks or “Artifical reefs”?

Wrecks or “Artifical reefs”?

The Truk Siren welcomed her guests late at night in Weno. After a few snacks and the cabin assignment everybody went to bed to get ready for the week to come. Since everybody arrived late, Cruise Director Leo was very nice and started the diving day at 8 am with a big breakfast, the obligatory briefings and the life jacket drill, before diving the stunning wreck of the Kensho Maru with its impressing engine room. Since this is one of the larger wrecks here we opted for two dives before moving to the largest wreck inside Truk Lagoon, the Heian Maru. Normally we don’t do night dives often here, but the Heian is a very easy dive with the wreck starting in just 12 mtr.

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Truk Lagoon – wrecks and sharks!

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!

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First trip of the Truk Siren!

First trip of the Truk Siren!…

On her first trip, The Truk Siren and her crew were excited to welcome on board a group of Australian divers from Scuba Culture and Dive Adventures as well as a guest from Canada!
As Truk is a remote destination, most of the guests arrived quite tired from their long travels. Jon (former cruise director from the Fiji Siren) and Leo (former cruise director from the Palau Siren) did the initial Siren familiarization tours and talks, boat, safety and dive briefings. As this group was strictly all about technical diving the first afternoon was dedicated to gear set up and filling stage bottles and rebreather bottles.

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