Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon: 85oF water temp, 40-100 ft viz
Chuuk Seven nights, seven dive days, up to 5 dives per day, Nitrox incl
SS Thorfinn liveaboard, double accommodations
All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic drinks
Airport transfers, Friday night BBQ and Cultural Dancing (!!)
Six nights, five days diving, including jellyfish lake, Blue Corner
Palau Peleliu dives and Night dives optional additions
Sea Passion resort, Sam’s Tours diving, Nitrox included
Breakfast, lunch on dive days
Airport transfers and taxes included
Leave DC Aug 4, arrive Chuuk Aug 6 (date line)
August 4-20, 2011
• Fly Chuuk-Palau Aug 13, arrive same day
• Leave Palau Aug 20, arrive DC same day
Chuuk (Truk), the SS Thorfinn
Formerly a Norwegian whaling ship, the 170–foot long SS Thorfinn was converted into a fully air–conditioned custom live
aboard. Loaded with amenities, the Thorfinn boasts guest rooms with private facilities, queen beds, TV, VCR and Hi-Fi. A
continual flow of delicious meals, snacks and freshly baked foods is prepared daily by the ship's crew. A cozy recreational
lounge provides the ultimate in relaxation. The Thorfinn has a fleet of four dive tenders, each manned by expert local dive
guides. Utilizing the mother ship principle, the Thorfinn puts divers on four different wrecks simultaneously.
Palau – Sea Passion
New in 2009; swimming pool
Private beach, restaurants
Close to Sam’s Tour (dive ops)
• Two experienced and professional trip leaders and instructors, Curt Harpold and Mel Briscoe, will ensure that
everyone gets to dive their hearts out: expect 30-40+ dives on the trip! This is a perfect opportunity to dive
day and night, and take training in almost any dive topic.
• Between Curt and Mel, every specialty offered by PADI is available, plus $4495 for divers
SDI/TDI technical diving training. Do your Wreck training on the best
wreck site on earth! Do Fish ID in the center of marine biodiversity!
Airfare not included
• Deposits of $1000 required. Interim Payments of an additional $1500 due by
discount for non-divers
October 15, 2010. Final Payments of $4495 total due by April 15, 2011.
• Not included: air transportation (possible overnight in Honolulu), dive permits ($90 total), dinners in Palau, optional night
and Peleliu dving in Palau, exit taxes, gratuities.
• DAN Insurance is required, Trip Insurance is recommended.
Space is Limited! Sign up now! For more information, contact:
• Trip and room availability and prices are subject to change without notice.
• Prices are per person based on double occupancy and availability. Splash Dive Center
• Early-Bird discount: 10% off, if paid by cash or check by Oct 15, 2010 703-823-7680
4154 Duke Street
• Deposits are 95% refundable until Jan 15, 2011.
Alexandria, VA 22304
• Interim Payments 50% refundable until Jan 15, 2011. Final Payments not
Chuuk (Truk) – the diving
“It's no surprise that this enormous 50- by 30-mile lagoon, among the world's largest, was deemed an
attractive, strategic location for the Empire of Japan to place its main naval base in the Pacific during World War II.
From here, attacks were launched against allied forces in the Solomons and New Guinea. In 1944, the United
States retaliated against the Japanese with Operation Hailstone, sinking dozens of warships and merchant vessels,
and destroying hundreds of aircraft. This scene of great tragedy is now a dramatic backdrop for divers, who come
here to dive on one of the greatest concentrations of diveable shipwrecks on earth, nearly 70 in the lagoon alone.
Land-based dive operations visit Chuuk's most popular wrecks on a daily basis. Many divers opt for the
convenience of live-aboards based in the lagoon to maximize their diving potential. All operations also offer
occasional trips to the outer reef for exploratory shark dives.” (from Scuba Diving magazine)
• Sunken bounties of bombs, torpedoes, guns, tanks, planes, mines, trucks, bulldozers and huge cannon
shells rest in ghostly silence on Truk's floor. Draped with brilliant soft corals and colorful tropical fish,
they recall fateful Pacific island wartime history.
• Living above the wrecks within minutes of most popular sites, diving is conducted from big twin-engined
tenders transporting dive groups and crew to separate dive sites. Smaller groups assure uncrowded,
silt free wrecks with many artifacts still in place 56 years after the battle. Five different daily dive sites
afford maximum selections and viewing of coral encrusted wartime relics.
• Compliant diving within Truk State Laws by accompanying certified/experienced local guides assure
safe navigation and penetrations into many giant wreck sites.
• Explore massive remarkably intact hulks providing the finest collection of wreck sites in the world.
Palau – the diving
The variety of diving really makes this destination worth the trip. Palau is famous for its big fish
activity, schooling sharks, manta rays, amazing Jellyfish Lake, a great Mandarin Fish dive,
some awesome cavern dives, and even a few excellent WWII shipwreck dives. The frequent
sightings of sharks, rays, Napoleon wrasse, bump head parrot fish, big pelagic tuna, giant-sized
snapper and other major denizens of the deep make Palau a true divers' delight.
“At the western edge of the Pacific, just a scant 500 miles from the Philippines and Indonesia, lies arguably
the most diverse island chain in all of Micronesia. Palau is made up of more than 350 islands, including the
mind-blowing, mushroom-like Rock Islands, situated at the rich, biodiverse intersection of the Pacific Ocean and
Philippine Sea. Its waters boast more than 1,300 species of fish and more than 800 species of corals and sponges.
You'll find myriad dive experiences, including big pelagic encounters, tranquil coral gardens, current-swept
drop-offs, and a collection of World War II wrecks that are a major draw in and of themselves.
For land-based divers wanting the best of both worlds, speedy boats zip to most of the major dive sites in
under an hour. Most sites are located off some of the most photogenic islands in the world.” (from Scuba Diving)