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While some batteries may be available to purchase on board, please bring extras if your personal dive equipment may require a unique size. Because of the remote locations in which our vessels operate, there is limited or no access to battery recycling facilities. To help us with responsible tourism we kindly request you bring home your own spent batteries to be recycled or disposed of properly. Alternatively, consider using rechargeable batteries as there are plenty of sockets to plug in a charger on board.
The Federated States of Micronesia have released a public health emergency declaration to protect their citizens from an outbreak of Coronavirus. The following temporary measures are being enforced and apply to anyone travelling to Truk and other FSM countries from or via China:
- Persons travelling directly or indirectly, either by air or sea transport, from anywhere in mainland China since January 6, 2020, are banned from entering into FSM. They are advised to see a doctor or proceed to a hospital once they experience any of the Coronavirus symptoms, such as, feeling tired, difficulty breathing, high temperature and coughing and/or sore throat.
Please bear these restrictions in mind when making your travel arrangements.
We are following all governmental advice & guidelines from each destination we operate in. As always, our crew will be respecting good hygiene and we are following recommendations from the WHO on prevention of transmission. The full link can be found here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Measures taken will also be included in your initial briefing onboard. We also encourage guests to frequently clean and disinfect regulator mouthpieces and masks and to avoid sharing of these unless there is an emergency.
Decompression diving is common in Truk Lagoon and mandatory at Bikini Atoll. M/Y Truk Master is equipped with a ”Deco Bar” under the dive platform. There is a range of technical cylinders available to hire, as well as Sofnolime, helium and oxygen to purchase. Cylinders and Sofnolime are very limited and MUST be requested in advance using the “Truk Master Tech Diving Form, which can be downloaded here: https://blueotwo.com/forms
Disembarkation: 07:00 after a light breakfast is served. If your flight is later, we recommend you arrange a day use room at one of the resorts for your enjoyment. If you have booked an extension in Chuuk, we will transfer you to your hotel. When possible, we will try disembarking later but this is dependent on the vessel schedules.
Embarkation: from 14:00 onwards – please note there is no diving on the day of embarkation. When possible, we will try to board you directly from the flight but this is not guaranteed.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
The U.S. Department of State website, www.travel.state.gov/content/travel.html also has essential travel advice and tips for North Americans.
M/Y Truk Master is equipped for supporting the rebreather diver: there are booster pumps and stage tanks available on board. We can also supply Oxygen and CO2 absorbent (Molecular Products 797 Sofnolime). The scrubber is charged per full 4.5kg tub and O2 is charged per fill.
Pre-booking of any rebreather supplies is essential to guarantee availability for you. Please contact our reservations team to place your order and for up-to-date prices.
- We DO NOT have M26 valves or adapters on board. Guests are advised to bring their own if they need them.
- We cannot supply pre-pack sofnolime cartridges for rebreather units such as Poseidon.
- Spare oxygen cells and specialist rebreather tools are not available in Truk so divers should bring their own.
A range of alcohol is available for purchase. However, Cava is uncommon.
We are unable to offer any diving courses on M/Y Truk Master.
No children under the age of 16 (unless full charter) and 16 – 18 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Dress code on board our yacht is very casual and most guests feel comfortable in little more than swim wear, shorts and t-shirts. However, we ask our guests to put a t-shirt over their swimwear while seated at the dining area. A sweater is advised for cooler nights, particularly after multiple dives. Guests prefer bare feet on board the yacht; however island visits will require sturdy sandals or trainers.
All special food requirements whether allergy or simply personal preference can be catered for. Please inform us prior to arrival to ensure there are plenty of dishes to suit your needs.
On board the yacht there are both 220V and 110V with 2 round pin sockets (European style). Please make sure you bring a universal adapter with you if necessary.
On board we have a fully stocked first aid kit, medical grade oxygen and an AED. As water movement within Truk Lagoon is minimal, divers are recommended to fully clean their ears after each dive to avoid any risk of infection.
All guests on board the M/Y Truk Master must have diver’s grade insurance covering the type of diving they are intending to participate in during their cruise.
High speed Wi-Fi satellite internet is available to purchase. A satellite phone is available to use in case of an emergency.
Any extra costs you may have on board must be paid in cash (GBP, EUR and USD, AU$ and NZ$). Although other currencies will be accepted on board, the banking restrictions make exchange rates unfavourable and it is therefore highly recommended that guests bring USD for use on board. Unfortunately, credit card payments cannot currently be accepted. Trips often finish in remote locations, it is best to bring extra cash in case there is no ATM or other method of withdrawing or exchanging money. Guests are advised to bring between 250-350 USD, in addition to marine park and port fees, for any incidental expenses such as beer, wine, cocktails, laundry, equipment rental, Truk Master merchandise, etc.
Tipping is a matter of personal choice. You may wish to leave a tip if you feel the crew has made your holiday extra special. Tips are divided equally amongst all the crew including dive guides.
– Passport that is valid at least for six months beyond the period you plan to stay.
– Onward ticket departing within the maximum number of days you are allowed to stay in the country.
– Approx 250-350 USD spending money on the boat and tips in cash.
– Personal toiletries/medications (shower gel is provided on board)
– Insect repellent
– Light coloured/light weight top for bright afternoons or breezy evenings
– Dive certification card and log book
– Proof of diving insurance which covers emergency evacuation and recompression chamber costs
– Proof of travel insurance. Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Smoking on board is only permitted in designated (outdoor) areas.
Meals on the M/Y Truk Master are served in a buffet layout in the dining area. Guests will start their day with eggs cooked to order. Lunch will generally offer a few choices of chicken, red meat or fish accompanied by salads or a vegetable dish. Evening meals are 3 courses, and guests will have a choice between 3 entrees and numerous side dishes. For snacking during the day, fresh fruit, cookies and other snacks are available on board. Sodas, water and fruit juices are available at all times, as are teas, coffee and hot chocolate.
Water temperatures in Truk Lagoon and Bikini Atoll generally range between 28-30°C. Either 3 mm or 5 mm full length exposure suit are suitable. A 3 mm suit is appropriate for those who do not feel the cold as much or do not intend deep diving (30m+). A 5 mm suit helps wreck divers to prevent injury. Technical divers are advised to bring appropriate exposure protection for prolonged deco-stops.
Federated States of Micronesia (Truk Lagoon): Passport holders from most western countries are issued a tourist visa on arrival and the duration of stay is authorised for the number of days requested. You may extend your visa by up to 30 days. Subsequent extensions may be granted for another 30 days but the total time of stay shall not exceed 90 days. There is no fee charged for an extension of stay. For further information regarding visas please visit the Federated States of Micronesia website at www.visit-micronesia.fm/guide/regulation.html
Transit Via Guam and Hawaii – ESTA or Visas
You will likely need to apply for an ESTA under the Visa Waiver Program or acquire a USA visa.
IMPORTANT: From 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport).
Proof of onward travel
Truk Lagoon: You are required to show a confirmed ticket to leave Chuuk, or any country you are transiting through, prior to boarding your flight.
Truk Lagoon: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 4 months from the date of departure from Chuuk.
Please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/micronesia/entry-requirements for the most up to date advice.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have had the required vaccines for the countries you are visiting. Please contact your health adviser or pharmacy, at least 8 weeks prior to departure, for advice if you are unsure which vaccinations you require. We are unable to give specific advice on vaccines or other medical precautions as this information should be provided by a medical professional. Further travel health advice can be found at:
Take appropriate precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos and other insects, see www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/38/insect-and-tick-bite-avoidance.
If you have a severe allergy, please inform us before you travel.
Being a tropical country, the climate in Truk is fairly consistent year-round. Truk has an average high of 30°C and an average low of 25°C year-round. The summer months of June – September will see the most rainfall. From December to June trade winds from the northwest will blow through region.
The local currency for both Truk Lagoon and the Marshall Islands (Bikini Atoll) is the US Dollar (USD). The majority of all hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants will accept a wide range of credit and debit cards. Smaller businesses may only deal in cash. Although there are ATMs available throughout Truk, we recommend that guests exchange their money prior to arriving in Truk.
The Marshall Islands has limited ATMs. Only the ATM at the Bank of Guam accepts international cards and sometimes does not work. It is recommended to bring sufficient USD cash, preferably in smaller denominations for convenience.
There is no ATM in Ebeye, but there are three in Majuro (Bikini Atoll).
Guests travelling to Chuuk will be required to pay an airport departure tax of 30 USD. This can be paid upon departure at the airport. Guests travelling to the Marshall Islands will be required to pay an airport departure tax of 20 USD. This can be paid upon departure at the airport.
All travellers transiting through US airports and United States territories to other destinations are required to obtain a transit visa before commencing their journey. This includes guests travelling via Guam or Hawai’i to Palau, Chuuk, Yap, and the Marshall Islands.
Citizens of countries who are eligible to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program need to obtain an ESTA (Electronic System of Travel Authorization) before travelling.
For further details of US entry and visa requirements for transit and tourism purposes please contact your nearest US Embassy, or refer to the visa section of the U.S Department of State’s website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html
The national language of Truk is English, however there is a mix of Micronesian languages and local dialects. No particular religion is dominant in Truk. The Marshall Islands official languages are English and Marshallese, and Christianity is the predominant religion.
When booking a trip to Micronesia it is more than likely that you will transit in the United States or a US Territory (such as Guam). It is essential to ensure you are able to obtain a visa, or ESTA through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for entering the US.
From 1st April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). British passports issued since October 2006 are ePassports and carry the internationally recognised symbol on the front cover.
You must also have proof of onward/return passage.
If you cannot get an ESTA through the Visa Waiver Program:
This might be the case if your country is not part of the Visa Waiver Program or if you have travelled to Sudan since 2011. You will need to apply for a visa with the USA embassy in your country of residence. ***Please be informed that this process can be lengthy***
For more information and to apply for an ESTA please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
Please not that UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Program; if you’re planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card’), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States.
The transfer time between Weno Airport and M/Y Truk Master is approximately one hour. Transfer is provided free of charge. Note however, that as the roads in Chuuk are not the same standard as roads in the West, delays may be expected.
With over 61 wrecks, Truk Lagoon has a plethora of dive sites. However a number of these dive sites are beyond the entry level depth limitations of 18 metres. We advise guests are advanced level divers. Some wrecks may require deep diver or tec diver qualifications; check with your dive travel consultant when booking your trip if you have further questions.
In Truk the Cruise Director will usually schedule up to 4 day dives per day or 3 day dives and twilight dive (dependent upon conditions). No night dives are permissible in Truk Lagoon The final full day aboard will have 2 morning dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation the following morning and your flight home.