Wreck diving is unparalleled in diversity; history, artifacts, decay, beautiful corals and abundant life. Truk Lagoon has got to be one of the most spectacular places in the world for it. Chuuk State, often known to divers as Truk, is part of the Federated States of Micronesia. Japan acquired Chuuk after WWI and established it as their major base of operations in the Pacific during WWII.
In February of 1944 the US carried out Operation Hailstone, a two-day strike aimed at neutralizing the Japanese threat at Chuuk, resulting in the loss of 250 Japanese aircraft and 45 ships. This unique aggregation of historically significant wrecks, coupled with the 84°F water and breathtaking scenery makes Truk Lagoon a one of a kind dive destination.
Outside of the wrecks life springs vivaciously from death. Many relics of war are hardly discernible, covered in thriving corals. Ship hulls look like sprawling reef scenes. Every square inch is alive and blossoming. Inside the wrecks is different. It is stark and uninviting. Diving there is both exhilarating and sobering. As you traverse through holes and down stairwells it is difficult to get a big picture. You get eery glimpses, snippets of what was. That is what I wanted to capture.
Becca Boring has been a diver for more years than she has not. She currently lives and dives in Monterey, California and works for Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo.