Lush vegetation and simple living punctuate the lives
of the lagoon. Fishing, weaving and tending garden sustain
most of the people that live on their individual islands.
It is not unusual to see women waist deep in the mangroves
hunting for a special delicacy or men walking the reefs
at night looking for baby octopus.
Boat makers create vessels high in the hills of the inner
islands and take them down to sea when finished. Open hearth
fires are still used to cook the daily meals.
Life here is close to nature and lived in conjunction with
the land and the sea. Local carvers are also famous for
using beautiful local woods to carve warrior masks, busts
and the Chuukese love stick, which is part of a legendary
practice of courtship unique to this island group.
Chuuk is a Mecca for wreck divers. A major shipwreck site
from WWII, Chuuk Lagoon is unquestionably the world's best
shipwreck diving destination.