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Tauchen auf den Inseln Mikronesiens

Micronesia, which literally translated means ‘small island,’ is located in the Pacific and lies just to the east of the Philippines and north of Samoa and the Solomon Islands. While the islands of Micronesia are made up of eight island groups, they are in fact a collection of over 2,000 tiny tropical islands spread out over three million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. The major island groups within Micronesia are Yap, Chuuk, the Marshall Islands, Kosrae, Ponhpei, Marianas, Guam and Palau.

Throughout these tiny islands exist some truly exceptional diving and dive sites and for those willing to travel all the way to Micronesia, the rewards are plentiful. An abundance of marine life can be found throughout the area, as well as a good number of both hard and soft corals, anemones and sponges. The nature of the diving in the islands of Micronesia is largely dictated by the region’s volcanic past, and as such many of the islands and atolls are the result of millions of years of volcanic activity. These lush islands sweep down into some stunningly beautiful lagoons and steep drop-offs and walls. The walls and lagoons are rich in marine life of all sizes, fed by the nutrient rich currents sweeping in from the Pacific Ocean.

The majority of the diving in Micronesia occurs on Chuuk, Yap and Palau, although the other less well known areas are slowly catching on to the financial benefits of eco tourism and are LKW Plane discovering new dive sites all the time.

Yap Island offers divers the opportunity to encounter one of the true gentle giants of the sea, the giant Manta Ray, which can be found here pretty much throughout the year. These Manta Rays, which can grow to more than 7 metres in width, are one of the main reasons that so many divers make the pilgrimage to Yap Island.

Chuuk Lagoon (Truk) is to the wreck dive enthusiast what Yap island is to the Manta Ray fan. Here, on the 17th February 1944, the US Navy carried out Operation Hailstone, a large scale attack on the numerous ships of the Japanese Navy that were docked in Chuuk Lagoon. During the battle, over 60 Japanese vessels were sunk in the Lagoon. Nowadays, Chuuk Lagoon offers scuba divers one of the finest wreck diving locations in the world and vessels such as the Fujikawa Maru and the Shinkoku Maru are regularly voted amongst the world’s top diving wrecks.

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