The blue Lagoon Resort was created by Kimiou Aisek who if my history lesson was accurate, worked on the boats during WW2 ferrying Japanese soldiers and sailors around Truk Lagoon prior to the attacks by Task Force 58 that sent many of the ships to the seabed.
After the war when Jaques Coustau visited Truk, Kimiou used his knowledge of where the ships had been at anchor to help Coustau locate and dive them.
The resort its self was built by Kimiou and his family to harness the growing interest in diving the wrecks of the Japanese fleet in Truk Lagoon.
The resort is by todays standards dated, but that said it is a charming place with mostly wood construction chalets and administration block.
It has a large dining area in the restaurant with massive windows that overlook the grounds and beaches, the food is of a high quality and reasonably priced, there is a significant tax on alcoholic drinks which can push your bar bill up quite a bit if don't keep tabs on it.
The Chalets are a 2 storey assembly, ground and fist floor chalets each have a spacious balcony to sit out on or dry your gear out.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable with a good size bathroom that has a shower plumbed into it.
The air con' works better than some modern hotels we stayed in on the way out to Truk !
The rooms had a refrigerator and a tv, although there was little point in having the tv in our room as it had no aerial and no remote control, no points there I'm afraid.
There is an outside bar that opens in the evenings where you will find flags and t shirts from visitors from around the world.
The grounds are well maintained and there is a lovely beach to enjoy with Kayak's to use if you wish, it is probably what most people's idea of a tropical island would be, palm trees everywhere, but on a down side some of the beach areas had a lot of litter, some of this could have washed up with the tide but a lot was obviously 'resort litter'.
Whilst the grounds are well maintained, just a bit of attention around the waterline to tidy these areas would make all the difference and complete the picture.
The resort has a dive shop where you can hire equipment and buy clothing but from what I saw there is not a great deal on 'new' kit to buy but the staff are friendly and as helpful as they can be given the limited resources in the region.
There is wifi available in the reception lounge but its not on a broadband feed so its painfully slow if there are more than a few people using it at the same time, its ok for trying to message friends and family but don't try up or downloading pictures, it'll take all day.
The resort runs some island trips, we went to see a large Japanese artillery piece in a cave that was used to protect the airstrip, the view down to the airfield is obscured today by tree growth but you can still get a feel for the view that must have been present during the Japanese occupation of the island.
There is a gift shop where you can purchase some souvenirs as well as drinks and sweets but remember you are in a very remote region so you might have to temper your expectations of the place if you are not to be disappointed, that said the place has an old fashioned charm about it that overcomes any shortfalls that it might have, additionally the history of the place makes its story quite absorbing.
The diving at Truk is fantastic but you should be aware that you will be diving almost entirely on the wrecks of transport and support vessels, not fighting ships, although many of these vessels were armed and sport some impressive deck guns. There are some exceptions to that such as the I-169 submarine, lost with all crew after a botched crash dive flooded most of the forward compartment.
Overall the resort is a very pleasant place to stay, and its old fashioned charm is one of its strengths, but you need to be aware that it is VERY hot there, when it rains it does it properly with deluges, an umbrella is essential for the rain as much as the sun.
There is very little to do here other than read, relax on the beach or go diving so this is a place most people come to to dive, non divers will find it challenging to stay occupied.
It is also recommended that visitors don't go off the resort.
When you come out of the airport be sure to check who's taxi or truck you are getting into, Blue Lagoon Resort have a couple of liveried pickup's they use for this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Blue Lagoon Dive Resort has 54 guest rooms and is surrounded by beautifully maintained grounds. Blue Lagoon Dive Shop is located on our grounds and we are a short boat trip to the 40 plus wrecks in the Repair Anchorage, Fourth Fleet Anchorage and the Sixth Fleet Anchorage. Blue Lagoon Dive Resort also can offer you accommodation on Fonomu Island which has the Fourth Fleet Andhorage on its front door step, and is surrounded by a marine sanctuary and coral garden. For the non diver we offer kyaking, walking, snorkelling, land tours, island tours, fishing trips, the Kimiuo Aisek Memorial Musum, cable tv in the Internet lounge, lounge bar/coffee lounge, pool table and more. Contact us via email to find out account our current specials. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Truk Blue Lagoon Hotel Chuuk
- Truk Blue Lagoon Chuuk
- Truk Blue Lagoon Resort Chuuk, South Pacific