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Location

Chuuk Atoll, in the Caroline Islands, encompasses 15 large islands, 192 islands and 80 islets and has one of the largest lagoons in the world. It encloses an area of 822 square miles. The outer barrier reef is punctuated by three main passes (N,NE & S) and its sand spits are dotted with coconut palms. The islands in the central lagoon are high and and are rich in bird and plant life.

In the lagoon there are more than sixty Japanese WW2 ships, encrusted with coral, and lying at various depths. The whole area is a national monument and divers must obtain a permit.

(Thanks to Ashley Thorington-Shippey for this great photo taken in Truk Lagoon, Weno, Chuuk).

Clearance

See FSM Formalities for full details on clearance and regulations.

The main island of Weno (formerly Moen) is the capital and commercial centre. The airport is here. The government offices are on the NW side of Weno island near the airport.

Chuuk Port control does not have a radio and you will not get a response on channel 16.

On entry, proceed to the harbour wall and then phone the relevant departments (repeatedly). The office at the wharf has a telephone that can be used for landlines only.

Port: Office 330-2592 Mobile 932-5510

Agriculture:  Mobile 930-1136

Customs: Office 330-4482 Mobile 931-8811

Immigration: Office 330-2335

Fees:-
There are additional fees charged in Chuuk. Latest reports are that fees are as follows:
Immigration – no visa charges. 
Quarantine – $25.
Port Entry - $25. 
Docking fee is $25 per occasion, exempted when performing clearance procedures only.
Anchorage fee is $25 for the first 48 hours and $10 for each day thereafter. All payable on departure.

There is no fee for Customs, but all officials charge overtime outside working hours or if you arrive on a national holiday.

See this report on how to avoid such charges.

Last updated December 2016.

Customs
Tel:3304482

Docking

Anchorage only.

The only mooring here is a private one.

There is a large commercial dock where yachts may be able to tie up to, however it's not yacht-friendly and anchoring may be more suitable.

See comments below about recent visits to Chuuk and fees charged for water and rubbish disposal.

Last updated April 2015.

Ginalill
Ginalill says:
Nov 16, 2016 09:37 AM

Hi all,

We really wanted to go to Chuuk Lagoon to dive, so we went. We arrived the 7th of November 2016, with our sailing vessel Tamara. We faced the same difficulties with immigration as the other writers here, however, that was the only "bad" experience we had.

We anchored outside Truk Lagoon Dive Center, and we were welcomed by the nicest crew. We have had some of our greatest dive experiences on the wercks here, and also a really cool sightseeing tour on land.

Taken care of by Truk Lagoon Dive Center, we have had no bad experiences with the people here, and all the boats passing are friendly. We have bought both fruits and lobsters from the passing locals.

Truk Lagoon Dive Center really want to change this places reputation, and they offer help with immigration, customs and bio security. Email Corky Benito at corkstah@hotmail.com, before you arrive, and she will do the paper work up front.

Gina and Lars-Fredrik on Tamara
www.tamaraseiltur.com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 20, 2015 01:31 PM

Posted on behalf of Jerry Logan:
After a large storm we were forced into Chuuk in our 55ft Gulfstar Motorsailor. There is no Marina, just a large very high dock for large ships. We docked and asked for water & electric, but there was none available. Later the warehouse manager came out and offered to fill our tanks at no charge (150 US GALS). We also carried 8 bags of trash, asked and got permission to put our 8 trash bags in the burn drum. We then went shopping for provisions at the local store and were asked to leave our Computer bag with the computer inside at the check out at the front door. After 45 minutes of shopping we went to retrieve our computer bag - THE COMPUTER WAS NOT IN THE BAG! ALL attendance said no PC was in the bag! it had gone....walked.
We were very saddened by that theft. We applied for our exit papers and they tried to make us pay for the water & 9 bags of trash.
DONT GO TO CHUUK ISLAND!
We were the only sailboat there?

jlogan005
jlogan005 says:
May 22, 2014 01:42 PM

Don’t go to Chuuk....island or the lagoon. We were forced to the island due to an onboard accident and were treated very badly. They charged US90 to put out our 5 trash bags and wanted $1/gal for non drinking water! The official wanted large tips to do any paper work in and out of the port. This goes on and on...and there is not anything there, just one restaurant, one store. Email me before you go there. jloagnoo5@gmail.com

Bob Bohn
Bob Bohn says:
Sep 21, 2013 03:35 PM

Many of the FSM islanders are in tribal battles, they also hold land rights to the coral reefs around their islands including spirit resting reefs for their deceased, these areas are marked with triangles and taboo! The FSM police have little control and the laws of the land not enforced. This is an area of excessive crime and brutality, half caused by the police and officials. This Chuuk lagoon has a reputation for theft and seizing of property (including your boat!) Contact the FSM visitors bureau directly after clearing in through customs for detailed information. 691-330-4133

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