Scuba Diving in Micronesia

Micronesia is the common name of more than one and a half thousand islands on which several countries are located. Part of the islands are volcanic, other parts — coral, which means divers can choose what kind of bottom they want to see while diving. Each of these places has its own surprises for divers. Grottoes, faults, tunnels, a large number of wrecks during the First and Second World Wars — all this you will find in Micronesia. Peaceful coral gardens are neighbours with bloodthirsty sharks near Yap Islands.
The most popular activity here is a diving safari from comfortable yachts. When you go on one of this yachts into the water, you can dive with stingrays in the German Channel, swim in the "jellyfish jelly" of Jellyfish Lake, look at the amazing Chandelier Cave and drift in the Blue Corner competing with large schools of fish.

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The underwater world of Micronesia is incredibly diverse. Chinese rockfish, caranxes, sea anemones, spotted stingrays and their giant relatives — manta rays, as well as turtles and dolphins inhabit here. If you want a thrilling experience, you can dive at the "cleaning stations" or the point of feeding sharks. After lunchtime, a meeting with 15 different types of sharks and the exciting feeding show awaits the divers.
There is an unusual Jellyfish Lake in Palau. In this lake, as we can tell from the name, there are two unique types of jellyfish: golden jellyfish and moon jellyfish. For hundreds of years, they reproduced in the lake without natural enemies and have even lost their stinging ability, becoming completely safe. Several million individuals of these two species live in the reservoir, so here, divers can enjoy truly unique species, swimming through live clouds.
The most unique historical wrecks. Divers can enjoy the views of the Japanese Imperial fleet, which has fully subsided in the area of the Truk Islands atoll. During the World War II, about 50 shipwrecks happened here, and the ships remained untouched due to the full ammunition on board. There are various military equipment on the decks and in the prison cells, such as airplanes, trucks, tanks. The ships are overgrown with algae and corals, and bright fish and sharks come here to find food.
Yap Grottoes is a strip of tunnels where gray and whitetip reef sharks love to swim. There are many coral reefs here. The place is perfect for divers of any preparation, as the tunnels are located at different depths. You will be able to take great photos, because the tunnels covered with colored sponges and beautiful arches look great in the pictures.
Chandelier cave — these are four connected caves in which stalactites grow. Each cave has air domes — pockets filled with air. You can climb to the surface among the chain of caves inside them. The entrance is located 5 metres deep. Be careful with stalactites as this band of caves is protected by the natural heritage of the island of Yap.

Diving Destinations in Micronesia

The Republic of Palau offers divers a variety of underwater flora and fauna, as well as reefs, grottoes, tunnels and many ships sunk during World War II.
Yap Islands invites you for a walk with manta rays and sharks. Both Chinese rockfish, and large thickets of corals, and Truk Islands (Chuuk Islands), famous for its cemetery of the ships belonging to the Japanese Imperial fleet you will see here.
There are wrecks of sunken World War I and World War II warships off Guam's coast: submarines, cruisers which are inhabited by sea anemones, clownfish and shrimps. The island is also famous for the Blue Hole, where it is possible to dive into the 100-meter deep abyss.

Memo Notes
Currency USD - United States dollar
Languages English
Timezone UTC +11
Phone code 691
Emergency Help 911

Dive Shops in Micronesia

Dive shops in Micronesia are located in Palau, Yap, Truk and Guam. You can take diving courses and get a certificate of any level (from Open Water to Rescue) here. Also, the dive shops organize tours around the islands, wrecks, cliffs and other diving sites of the region. Dive shops have all the necessary equipment which you can rent.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

The wet season stretches all the way through March. The sea is calm, the weather is dry and almost windless. The temperature of the water and air is around 28 °C. In April and May it rains and winds blow, sometimes there are even hurricanes.

Summer

In June, the weather is very changeable, and in just a couple of hours the clear sky and sun can be replaced by a storm and rain. In July and August, the wind increases, as does the amount of precipitation. Frequent typhoons.

Autumn

It is the off-season on the islands during Autumn. Winds intensify. And the part of Micronesia, which lies in the typhoon belt, is hit by storms with strong winds. The temperature of the water and air is around 28 °C.

Winter

In December it is the start of the high season in Micronesia. During this time it is dry, the winds are quiet. The average water temperature is +28 ° C. The air temperature is comfortable, as it is softened by sea breezes.

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The Best Dive Sites

The Japanese cargo ship, the Sankisan Maru, which was sunk in 1944, remains with only a fore with a deckhouse. In the broken prison cells, there are remnants of ammunition and medicine in beautiful colored bottles. For half a century, the walls were covered with coral growths. You should be careful when diving to the ship, as you can stumble upon whitetip reef sharks.
Blue Hole on the island of Guam is a vertical cave with rocky walls of the sinkhole. It is one of the most beautiful places for taking some photograps underwater.

Health & Safety

There is a small country located on the Caroline Islands in Oceania. However, although it has significant tourist potential, due to its remoteness and poorly organized transport, it is fairly undeveloped. Medicine is not bad, but it is better to take care of international medical insurance in advance. There is no compulsory vaccination, but yellow fever vaccine is recommended. The crime rate is quite low, but, like elsewhere, it is not worthignoring the elementary safety rules.

Dangerous Marine Life

In the warm waters of Micronesia there are many sea creatures that you should not approach. But if you carefully look where you are going and don't touch or pick anything up, your risks are reduced to zero. The blue-ringed octopus, reef stonefish, black scorpionfish, whiptail stingray, Portuguese man o' war, and also sharks: mako, blue and tiger shark all live here.

Eat & Drinks

The basis of local cuisine is seafood, vegetables and fruits. Sweet potatoes and yams are the main root crops of the country. The feature of the islands is the chicken dishes, which have become famous all over the world. In addition, we recommend to try taro pudding, pork (or any other meat) with tapioca and the same taro, and, of course, fish on coals.
Do not forget to taste the the national drink from hibiscus juice. Tap water can be dangerous, so it is better to buy bottled water.