Skin Diver Online HomeEnter our Email Contest
  • DIVING NEWS|
  • FEATURES|
  • ARTICLES|
  • SERVICES|
  • CONTACT US|
  • SCUBA GEAR|
  • DIVE SAFETY|
  • TRAVEL|
  • EQUIPMENT|
  • FIND|

  •  
     
     
     
     
    Micronesia
     
     
     

    The more than 2,000 islands that make up Micronesia are scattered over 4.5 million square miles of blue ocean. As you might expect, the terrain and people found in this vast area are as diverse as they are interesting. For example, in Yap, they still use giant stone money. Guam, on the other hand, is a United States territory, with a bustling, modern way of life.

    Underwater Micronesia has it all, from wreck graveyards to thriving coral reefs, to fish of all types and colors, to lagoons, drop-offs and pinnacles. Everywhere, there is adventure and abundant marine life. Space limits us to only a small mention of some favorite islands and sites.

     

    MARSHALL ISLANDS
    The most famous diving in the largely undeveloped Marshalls is found around Majuro Atoll and Bikini. Majuro Atoll diving includes airplane wrecks near the airport, and shipwrecks off Rita. The tropical fish found on the reefs are plentiful and Gray Reef and Whitetip Reef Sharks are common. Calalin Channel also has its share of these predators, taking the label of “Shark Alley.”

    Bikini still suffers from an undeserved “radiation reputation,” left over from its use as an atomic bomb test site in the 1940s and ‘50s. But this has helped keep the diving pristine. Here the Gray Reef Shark action is big, as is wreck diving. The USS Saratoga is the world’s only diver-accessible aircraft carrier wreck.

    KOSRAE
    The island of Kosrae and its people are, today, much like they have always been—unspoiled and friendly. The diving is, likewise, unspoiled. There are vibrant coral reefs, complete with Lionfish. There are bigger fish, such as barracuda and stingrays, and there are wrecks, including a sunken PBY plane.

    POHNPEI
    The island of Pohnpei is wet and green and bursting with flowers. The undersea world is also bursting with life, especially with colorful tropicals on the reef. Bigger animals, such as Manta Rays are occasionally encountered. You can also experience some excellent atoll diving at Ant and Pakin Atolls. An unusual offering is diving the canals of the ancient stone city of Nan Madol.

    TRUK
    Truk (or Chuuk) Lagoon represents the pinnacle of wreck diving. Here, in clear and calm tropical waters, lie more than 60 Japanese shipwrecks dating from WW II. There are tankers, subs, freighters, tugs and both Japanese and U.S. warplanes. The ships have also become artificial reefs, attracting numerous marine animals. The outer edge of the lagoon reef displays awesome visibility and pelagics visit constantly.

     

    SAIPAN/TINIAN
    Though evolving rapidly into the modern age, Saipan still offers excellent diving. Wrecks are plentiful, and The Grotto offers tunnels. With its one small village, nearby Tinian is the much quieter topside, and its underwater attractions are just now being explored.

    GUAM
    Guam is a United States territory, and very busy, as it is home to more than 160,000 people. Wrecks from WW II are underwater highlights, and there is a unique “double wreck,” where a WW II vessel sank into one resting on the bottom since WW I. Blue Hole, at the end of the Orote Peninsula, lets divers descend 60 feet into the reef, and exit on the wall.

    YAP/ULITHI
    On Yap, time seems to have stood still. The islanders maintain traditional dress and customs. Yap diving is famous for Manta Rays. At Manta Ridge, in Miil Channel and other sites, huge Mantas are experienced up-close. One hundred miles away from Yap, Ulithi Atoll is surprisingly developed, with more than 1,000 inhabitants. The atoll offers a different diving angle to the Yap area.

    PALAU
    The Republic of Palau (Belau) is famous for its small rock islands rising mushroom-like out of the sea. The dive specialties include caves, channels, walls and wrecks. Giant clams are common. The vertical wall at Blue Corner is legendary for its big fish, including barracuda, tuna and sharks. Palau also has landlocked saltwater lakes, in which you can snorkel with millions of stingless jellyfish.



    Escape to friendly, simple, peaceful,
    mysterious, pristine, lush,
    tropical Kosrae

    Close your eyes and imagine a secluded white sandy beach without a single foot print to mar its pristine beauty. Or gliding silently in a dugout canoe thru ancient mangrove forest. Or imagine yourself in Neolithic archeological ruins that defy both time and meaning. How about trying to find the lost treasures of the infamous American pirate Bully Hayes buried more than a century ago in 20 meters depth in Utwe Harbor. With its enchanting rainforests, haunting historical ruins and international reputation for diving, Kosrae stands out among the top in the world.

    Kosrae Visitors Bureau
    P.O. Box 659
    Tofol, Kosrae 96944
    email: kosrae@mail.fm
    website: www.kosrae.com
    Telephone: (691) 370-2228
    Fax: (691) 370-2187

    M/V Sun Dancer II

    Dive the incredible waters of Palau aboard M/V Sun Dancer II, accommodating 20 guests in 10 luxurious staterooms. Amenities abound with daily morning coffee to your room, sit down dining and ensuite facilities. Service, safety, special amenities and great diving are the hallmarks of all Peter Hughes Diving vacations. Nitrox and E-6 processing available.

    800-9DANCER; www.peterhughes.com; dancer@peterhughes.com.


    Palau’s award
    winning PADI 5-Star IDC Center.

    Named Palau's best by American and European divers for personalized service and friendly professional staff including marine biologists & u/w photographers.
    Small groups. Great Guides. Fantastic diving. PADI courses, too. Training referrals welcome! Nitrox too! Reefs, wrecks, big fish. Kayaking, sailing, and much more….
    Great affordable packages & group specials too!

    Contact your travel professional or
    E-mail: samstours@palaunet.com
    Web: www.samstours.com


    Big Blue Explorer
    Palau's Most Affordable LiveAboard.


    Spacious 167 ft. fully air-conditioned- 9 twin cabins
    w/ en-suite facilities. Jacuzzi on deck, salon, entertainment center and upper deck bar / lounge. Free kayak use. E-6 and NITROX available.

    www.palaucsuba.com - 877.348.3475 -
    Explorer@palauscuba.com.




    We sell value Dive-PAKS to include
    Airfare, diving, and all travel components.
    Easy Booking!
    Call for details
    800-GO-DIVING
    Palau: $1,995 p/p


    Guam offers an abundant dive experience for all skill levels. With visibility of up to 150 feet, the warm waters surrounding Guam contain over 400 types of hard coral, more than 900 kinds of marine life, wreck diving and specialty dives such as the Blue Hole and the Crevice. Call today for a free dive brochure 1-800-US-3-GUAM.


    Are you coming to Micronesia?

    Do you need some expert advise and very
    personalized travel services? We are the largest
    PADI CDC Center in the western pacific and offer divers exclusive travel and our famous "MDA"
    service. We invite you to visit our web pages at
    www.mdaguam.com.


     

    ODYSSEY ADVENTURES


    The new way to see Truk Lagoon. Dive the wrecks and reefs of Truk Lagoon onboard the 132' Odyssey. Features include nine luxury suites w/private head and shower, onboard photo lab and Free Nitrox. 7 day charters starting from $2,295, includes accommodations, meals, beverages, transfers, tanks and weights. Unlimited diving from vessel.

    Tel: 800-757-5396
    Fax: 904-346-0664
    Email: info@trukodyssey.com
    www.TrukOdyssey.com

    Traders' Ridge Resort


    An intimate resort offering all the amenities of a 5-Star Hotel. Located on the Island of Yap, an unspoiled Micronesian Island that hosts giant Manta Rays, calm clear waters and unexplored pristine reefs exploding with color and marine life. Discover World-Class Diving up close and personal with our PADI dive center and Yap's most experienced dive guides. Traders' Ridge Resort,
    the treasure of the sea.

    Toll free: 877-657-4695
    Fax: 691-350-4279
    Internet: www.tradersridge.com
    Email: info@tradersridge.com


    Kosrae Nautilus Resort

    Kosrae Nautilus Resort is a
    16 room complex, beautifully situated in tropical gardens
    with swimming pool and full restaurant and bar facilities.

    At the Resort you will find friendly staff and comfortable surroundings just a stone's throw from your own private beach. Our dive boats leave daily (except Sunday) to the best sites around the 42 miles of pristine coral and coast line. Follow our experienced dive guides as they show you the hidden treasures of Kosrae's underwater paradise.

    www.kosraenautilus.com
    nautilus@mail.fm
    Phone: 011 691 370 3567