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Best Time of Year - Micronesia (Truk & Palau)?

Discussion in 'The Pacific Islands' started by PacificFlyer, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. PacificFlyer

    PacificFlyer Registered

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    Aloha,

    I have a choice of going to Palau and Truk in either May or Nov. Would appreciate input on what time of year is best for both locations. I know typhoon season runs about Aug-Oct,for Truk and that Palau is pretty much out of typhoon alley is that part of the world. Also suspect that rainy season is spring and summer but winter months could be windy but just guessing on that. Looking for good visibility and sunshine. Thanks.

    Ron
     
  2. Seadeuce

    Seadeuce Instructor, Scuba

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    Went to Palau in May '96. Perfect weather.

    Went to Truk last October, saw four hours of rain at end of week.

    If I had the choice, and cash, to do both back to back, I'd chose May.

    Liveaboard is best option for both, but if you only manage one, make it Truk. I did the Odyssey, an excellent boat.

    Hope this helps, maybe more info on Undercurrent.

    Cheers,

    Seadeuce
     
  3. kevink

    kevink Instructor, Scuba

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    Still have not make it to Chuuk.

    Best time for Palau would be Feb - Mar timeframe. May and November are still excellent. July - Sept you sometimes wind up with tradewinds that shift causing the southwest sites (Blue Corner, Peleliu, etc.) to be undivable.

    Stick with a land based shop if you want the best tour of the underwater diversity. If you just want to log umpteen dives, go the liveaboard route and take a dive-site map.


     
  4. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Contributor

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    I agree with Kev about the weather, i lived there for 3 years. May and Nov are pretty much a toss up weather wise. You might still get some fish spawning in May at the full moon though.

    As for underwater diversity, not sure what he means by going with land based. Land based do 2 dives a day unless you want to pay extra. Liveaboards do 4 min and usually 5 which of course means more dive sites and therefore more diversity. Live aboard and land dive the same sites, liveaboards have 5 mins boat ride as opposed to 50 mins each way for land based.
     
  5. scubadog40

    scubadog40 Registered

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    Hello, we were thinking about going on the Palau Aggressor II this
    coming spring and wanted to find out what month was the best to go
    with the weather and things to see. Months could go are
    April,May,June. Is there a month manta's are the best to be seen?
    What do you guys think?
     
  6. diver janet

    diver janet Registered

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    Mike Veitch can answer the manta questions best, also! Mike.......????
     
  7. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Contributor

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    Ha, i am quick Janet, he already sent me a PM and a good long answer followed.

    But thanks for thinking of me, just going out the door to dive with some Mantas now actually...:)
     
  8. Bison

    Bison Contributor

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    Location: Syracuse, NY
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    My wife and I are considering going to Chuuk sometime between January-March in 07. We are thinking about a live aboard. Is this time of year good for diving in Chuuk?
     
  9. Madrone

    Madrone Guest

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    I was just in yap and Palau got home sunday, I had sucky weather almost the whole 16 days. Just so you know in Yap you can only dive one side of the island pretty much at this time, except on exceptionally calm days..the reefs on the side I was diving were wrecked basically. Saw wonderful Mantas though. That was incredible. In Palau I did a liveaboard and we only went to half the dive sites on the intinerary due to rough weather. It rained almost every day and the wind blew and blew. Bad weather can be at any time but I heard February is best for Yap and Palau..
     
  10. Damselfish

    Damselfish ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    same thing sort of happened to us in Palau last Feb. Conditions apparently weren't the best.
     

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