NINETEEN divers from Dive Locker Mandurah have returned from their expedition to Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia, calling the trip a success.
The 10-day diving trip earlier this month gave divers the opportunity to dive on Japanese World War II wrecks including the Fujikawa Maru, San Francisco Maru, Kenshu Maru, 169 Submarine and Betty Bomber and see the remains of the ships, tanks, guns, ammo, supplies and human skeletal remains.
Diving instructor and tour leader Luke Halliday said the trip was a chance to give Mandurah divers the opportunity to dive at “one of the best wreck diving sites in the world”.
“During our expedition we explored an old Japanese command post tower on one of the islands of Chuuk and we passed through villages viewing the destruction the American’s caused during Operation Hailstorm,” he said.
“The resort we stayed at, you could see bunkers and gun turrets from the war right in front of our rooms.
“It was a whole new perspective.”
Halliday said the trip was not only about history and culture but travelling to different depths of the diving world and experiencing a feeling like no other.
“On our last diving day, we dove with the sharks on an off island near Weno, where we saw whitetip, blacktip and reef sharks.”
Diving trips are organised for the Solomon Islands, Komodo Islands or Fiji.
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