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Micronesia – Chuuk (Truk Lagoon) + Pohnpei: Jan-Feb (TBD), 2025

Description

The Gems of Micronesia – this trip will be two weeks;  one week in Chuuk (Truk Lagoon), and one week in Pohnpei, for the best Micronesia combo you can experience.  Stay tuned, this trip will go live by the end of Summer.

BLUE LAGOON RESORT and SPA

Blue Lagoon Resort and Spa is situated on one of the most naturally beautiful peninsulas in all of Micronesia at the southwest tip of Weno Island, Chuuk (Truk), in the Federated States of Micronesia.  The grounds are highlighted by towering coconut trees and the sun always sets in clear view, giving visitors an amazing show. On the grounds are a beauty salon, massage therapist, the famous Sunset Bar, kayak and SUP rentals and there is snorkeling right from the shore.  The world famous Blue Lagoon Dive Shop is located on hotel grounds.

HOTEL AMENITIES

NEWLY RENOVATED Rooms and Restaurant

Resort & Spa Facilities – 54 Air-Conditioned Rooms

Oceanview Balcony in Every Room – Twin Vanity

Full Dining Room – Large Menu with International and Local Dishes

Sunset Bar – Happy Hour

World-Famous Wreck Diving – Blue Lagoon Dive Shop on the Grounds

Beautiful Natural Setting – Kayaking,  SUP Boards – Snorkeling, Sandy Beaches

Epinum Rest Area

Lagoon Island Glamping – Tonoas and Weno Island Tours

WiFi and Business Center – Business Meetings

Family Functions and Parties

Our Rooms – Newly Renovated for Comfort and Style

The Blue Lagoon used the downtime of the pandemic to fully renovate every room in the resort, repaint the complexes and re-roof all of the major buildings.  It is the first overhaul since 1998.  The entire staff helped in the project and today the resort looks earthy and whole on its amazing tropical peninsula on southern Weno Island.  Every room has two queen beds, drink chiller, desk, safe, table & chairs, flat screen TV, balcony with ocean view, marble shower and twin sinks plus plenty of closet storage.

BLUE LAGOON DIVE SHOP

Blue Lagoon Dive Shop is Truk’s first and most experienced dive shop with qualified Chuukese guides who know the wrecks extremely well.  Air, Nitrox TriMix and Mixed Gas are all available for recreational divers to the experienced TEK & CCR divers.  The Blue Lagoon shop also offers an array of souvenir T-shirts, caps and other wearables. Come visit with the staff and learn about the world of wrecks and reefs beneath the sea of the Truk Lagoon. 

Wreck History

WWII era was a difficult time for the residents of Chuuk.  On February 17th & 18th, 1944, US forces attacked the Japanese-held islands of the lagoon, first knocking out air and communications facilities and then systematically sinking the many freighters in the lagoon.  Some 30 years later, Blue Lagoon’s founder and Diving Hall of Fame member Kimiuo Aisek discovered that these wrecks were covered in fantastic coral growth and were indeed sunken museums.  Today they continue to amaze visiting divers.

Pohnpei Surf and Dive Club Headquarters

The Pohnpei Surf and Dive Club is located at Mangrove Bay Hotel, Bar, Restaurant, and Marina.  Just a 10-minute car ride from the airport, Pohnpei Surf and Dive Club has direct access to the water, a nice dock for our boats, Mangrove Bay Hotel, Bar and Restaurant, and Marina has a full-service bar and a sushi restaurant, fast internet connection in the rooms, 8 lagoon-front rooms that look out upon the harbor, and much more to offer to guest.  We are located, a very short walking distance or quick car ride to numerous bars, restaurants, and markets, it’s the perfect location!

Pohnpei Surf and Dive Club and Mangrove Bay will be hosting you in double rooms on the waterfront with a spacious balcony, TV, Air Conditioner, WiFi, and a beautiful view of the lagoon and surrounding ridges, as well as views of both the sunset and sunrise.  This is the perfect option for surfers or divers looking for comfortable, modern accommodations with full amenities on a world class trip, or for couples seeking a unique, authentic experience in the Pacific Islands instead of another chain resort experience.

Ahnd Atoll will be the highlight of anyone’s trip to Pohnpei.  The Atoll is located 10 miles offshore of Pohnpei (reef to reef from the south side of Pohnpei) or around 25 miles each way from our dock.  A one-way trip usually takes around 1 hour, 20 minutes from our dock all the way to the beach at Ahnd (under good boating conditions).  Ahnd Atoll is privately owned by the Nanpei Family Estate who manages and protects it.  It is also a Unesco Marine Biosphere Reserve with many conservation zones.

A day trip to Ahnd Atoll for scuba diving, snorkeling, beach time goes a bit like this depending on the activity you want to do.  Most trips leave around 8 am, and return around 5 pm.  Most dives are done at the pass or on the backside of the atoll where conditions are calmer.  Snorkeling can be done at the pass or reefs around the beach.

To visit the atoll you will need an entry permission from the Nanpei Estate, and we can arrange that for our guests.  We can only visit the atoll with the permission of the owners and weather permitting.  The weather we cannot change!  To visit the atoll we need light winds for the 10 mile ocean crossing.

“Nan Madol” is a prehistoric ‘city’ of more than ninety man-made islets off the coast of Temwen Island, constructed of naturally-occurring prismatic basalt columns, basalt boulders, and coral fill.  Many of the islets have large, complicated structures on them composed of the same types of rock — stones as heavy as 90 tons.  Together, the islets formed a powerful administrative and religious complex from which the island of Pohnpei was ruled for several hundred years by a line of tyrannical monarchs called Saudeleurs.  The lower city, Madol Pah, was the administrative center, while the upper city, Madol Powe, was the ceremonial heart of the complex.

Megalithic sites like Nan Madol are rare around the world and even rarer in the Pacific.  Anyone who has seen the city would place it alongside other more famous megalithic feats such as the pyramids of Egypt and Central America, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, and Rapa Nui’s moai.  And yet, Nan Madol is little-known outside the archaeological community and visited by a surprisingly small number of people each year. Nan Madol was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2016.”

Mangrove Bay Hotel, Bar, Restaurant, and Marina

Welcome to Mangrove Bay Hotel. The #1 reccomended accomodation provider in Pohnpei, Micronesia and your one-stop place for all your accomodation and tourist needs.  We are a family of islanders dedicated to bringing our guests memorable experiences through island hospitality.

Extending right out of a natural marsh of mangroves and into the ocean is a narrow strip of land that leads to what is now Mangrove Bay Hotel and Mangrove Bay Sushi Bar.  The entire area, called Mangrove Bay, was a small project made possible through the vision of its owners, Kumer & Antonia Panuelo.  They envisioned a small hotel business strongly rooted in idea of providing memorable experiences and simply the best that island hospitality can provide.  Through their vision and the hard and tireless efforts of a group of local workers, the humble project became a success.  This family-run business, affectionately referred to as a local gem, is highly frequented by both locals and tourists alike.

Micronesia Dive Packages

Riding Rock makes it easy for guests to budget for their trip with our scuba diving packages, which include everything in their Island Escape Package price: accommodations, 3 hearty meals daily, 3 dives daily, San Salvador Airport transfers to/from the resort, and all taxes. The only add-ons are the bar tab, any personal purchases, and dive staff gratuities. Laid back or lively, Riding Rock offers divers all of the excitement and adventure, or rest and relaxation they’ve been searching for.

Dive Package at  Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodations (Double Occupancy)
  • 6 days x 2 tank boat dives
  • Airport transfers to/from resort
  • All applicable taxes

Dive Package at  does not Include:

  • International flights Denver (DEN) to Chuuk, Pohnpei
  • Personal items, anything not mentioned as inclusive
  • Alcoholic beverage, sodas, bottled water
  • Scuba training
  • Rental dive gear
  • Nitrox (optional)
  • Crew/hotel staff gratuities
Complete Dive Package Pricing for Poolside View Rooms – starting at $XXXX

Prices are per person in USD, based on double occupancy.  Ask for non-diver rate, double occupancy, or single occupancy diver rate.  For room upgrades – please inquire for the applicable rates.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

Deposit:  $1000 to reserve your space (deposit is non-refundable)

Final Payment:  Balance is due on March 15, 2024

Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.

For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance.  Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!

To purchase DAN dive accident insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Join DAN Today!, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

To purchase travel insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Purchase Travel Insurance?, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN

Some sunscreen ingredients are not safe for corals; these include oxybenzone.  Research indicates that these chemicals can cause DNA damage to corals, promote viruses in corals, and contribute to the bleaching of corals.  So that we can help protect our reefs, we encourage our guests to choose and use a sunscreen that is “coral safe”.

To purchase eco-friendly sunscreen products, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the Stream2Sea banner link, use code, “cleanreef” for a 10% discount.

** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **

Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received.  Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.

* Credit card or any payments made through the PayPal invoice will be charged an additional 3.5% (5% international payers).  This fee covers the cost of the PayPal fee. Venmo, Zelle, and paper checks via snail mail are always welcome.

If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to askuntz@yahoo.com, or call at 719-322-6941.  This exciting trip will fill up fast.

Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided.  Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.

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