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The Truk Master is the newest liveaboard in Truk, previously known as the Astral Star she will launch in February 2016 to offer year round diving to world class wrecks. She departs from Weno and offers 7 and 10 night itineraries exploring a number of sites around Truk Lagoon. The experienced captain, friendly crew and dive masters will lead you through the trip whilst helping with any questions or queries you may have regarding the boat or the itinerary.
The Truk Master comfortably accommodates 16 guests in 8 double cabins located over the lower, main and upper deck. All cabins come with an en-suite shower room, TV/DVD, cupboards and an air conditioning unit with individual climate controls. The food aboard is a variety of international and local cuisine suiting the needs of most customers. Any dietary requirements must be stated at the time of booking so the chef can adhere to any guest’s needs.
The large dining area has tables and chairs providing ample space for all divers to enjoy their meals throughout the day. The lounge is furnished with cushioned seating and a plasma screen making it the perfect place to relax after a long day’s diving. The sundeck and shaded outdoor seating area is a great place to take in the oceanic views and catch up with fellow divers. The dive deck has individual gear lockers, a camera table, charging stations, rinse tanks and freshwater showers.
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Double or Twin. Cabins 2 - 7. Lower or Main Deck.
Lower deck with two single beds and A/C.
A/C Double Bed. Located on the upper deck.
Route Description - Bikini Atoll
Recommended only for technical divers with previous wreck experience.
The following is a sample itinerary of dive sites and wrecks we may visit during your liveaboard safari. We wish to show you the very best diving possible but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, currents and other factors play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes. Whilst we attempt to ensure the number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.
Your Cruise Director will schedule 2 dives per day. The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:
Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
In 1946, following the end of World War II, the United States gathered together a “mock” naval fleet in order to test the effects of atomic bomb blasts on a large naval fleet. They named it Operation Crossroads and designated Bikini Atoll to be one of the sites for the explosive tests, with the local inhabitants displaced to another atoll. More Operations followed suit; from land, on the reef, on the sea, from the air and underwater. Between 1946 and 1958, the United States tested a grand total of 67 nuclear weapons on the Marshall Islands, of which ‘Castle Bravo’ on Bikini Lagoon in 1954 is the best-known. This 15-megaton TNT hydrogen atomic bomb was a thousand times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. It left a crater in the lagoon of 2 kilometres wide and 76 metres deep. Bikini Atoll was opened for diving in 1996, allowing divers to experience some of the most historic and unparalleled wreck diving in the world.
Route Description - Truk Lagoon Safari
Take a step back in time while diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon, in the company of schooling pelagics amongst the surrounding coral reef.
Truk is best known for its world-class wreck diving and with over 60 wrecks tightly packed into a coral reef lagoon. It is easy to appreciate why divers travel to this area time and time again. During WWII, the Japanese fleet used Truk as one of their main locations for attacks on the allied forces but in 1944 the American led “Operation Hailstone” surprised the fleet resulting in the plethora of dive sites which we can see there today. Many historical artifacts such as medicine bottles can be found along with the fighter planes. The wrecks themselves are encrusted with corals while the surrounding coral reef exhibits schooling pelagics as well as deep channels and pinnacles.
The boat has 3 spacious decks, where 16 guests can comfortably relax and enjoy the smooth sailing. She has 8 modern en-suite cabins and dinner is served buffet style in the middle deck dining room. For photographers, there is an extended camera charging station and additional storage for each individual’s personal items.