Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Micronesia


Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Micronesia

Scuba diving information in Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia, Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap, have attracted divers from virtually every corner of the world. Clean, clear waters have excellent visibility and rich with marine life, from hard and soft corals, anemones and sponges to giant manta rays, sharks and turtles. The diving in the islands is truly spectacular. There are many opportunities for every level of diving experience and many sites to choose from. Chuuk Lagoon (formerly Truk Lagoon), possibly the most famous site of Micronesia, is a graveyard of an entire WWII Japanese fleet: sunken cruisers, battleships, aircrafts and war machinery. Some of the most famous wrecks are the Fujikawa Maru, the Shinkoku Maru, the Heian Maru and the San Francisco Maru. The decks have become vibrant coral reefs attracting colorful fish life, cleaning stations and sharks. Pohnpei offers quieter but equally spectacular dives, with drifts and sites overflowing with unspoiled coral reefs and marine life like turtles, spotted eagle rays, reef sharks and schooling barracudas, as well as anthias and fusiliers. Some of the best dive sites are the unspoiled Ant Atoll, Pakin Atoll, Black Coral, and the drifts Mwanda Pass and Palikir Pass. Yap has the legendary Manta Ray dive in M'il Channel as well as Goofnuw Channel and Manta Ridge. Yap also has great walls and corals where sharks may appear: O'Keefe's, Yap Gardens, Yap Caverns, Magic Kingdom and Vertigo. Not to forget is Kosrae, which has over 50 dive sites to choose from, among which Shark Island, Turtle Ridge, Eagle Ray Wall and Giant Clam Garden are the most popular, and true to their names, so divers really can find sharks, turtles and rays in this State, in addition to barracudas, jacks and the usual pacific reef fish. The water temperature in these islands is around 28° C all year round and the visibility often exceeds 50 meters. Although Micronesia can be dived all year, the best time is from September to May.

Geography and climate

The Federated States of Micronesia or FSM is an independent, sovereign island nation, made up of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. It comprises approximately 607 islands southwest of the main islands of Hawaii, northeast of New Guinea, south of Guam and the Marianas, west of the Marshalls, and east of Palau and the Philippines. The climate is tropical with year-round high humidity. The temperature hovers around 27° C. The typhoon season is from June to December. Rainfall is generally plentiful and Pohnpei is reputedly one of the wettest places on Earth, with up to 8,382mm of rain per year.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least four months beyond the date of entry is required. Visas are not required by nationals of Australia, UK, EU and Canada for visits of up to 30 days. Visitors from USA may stay up to one year without an entry permit, if visiting as tourists. For more informations, please contact your travel agent or Micronesia's Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Health and safety

Vaccinations against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, rabies, and typhoid are recommended. There have been outbreaks of cholera in Micronesia in the past. Dengue occurs in Micronesia. Prevent mosquito bites. For more informations, please consult your doctor before traveling.

Time zone

UTC+10 and UTC+11

Communications

To go online or use a cell phone, buy a prepaid access card in any kiosk, and input the code into the Web page/phone. There are various internet cafés in the state capitals, providing decent connections at reasonable prices.

Power and Electricity

120v/60Hz Plug is USA type.

Other Informations

There are only three decompression chambers in Yap, Pohnpei and Chuuk.

Scuba Diving locations in Micronesia

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Micronesia? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Micronesia, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Micronesia

Which locations in Micronesia have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Micronesia and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Micronesia

Which marine species can I observe in Micronesia? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Micronesia

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Micronesia? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Micronesia.

Scuba Diving centers in Micronesia

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Micronesia? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Micronesia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in Micronesia

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Micronesia? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Micronesia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

There are no liveaboard available

Accommodation in Micronesia

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Micronesia? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Micronesia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.