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Skies clear on our dives on the Kensho and Hoki Maru

Truk Lagoon Tour 2016

Johanna Pool Photography
Today we were welcomed with a thunderstorm and fat rain! The grounds of the resort were flooded but we knew the skies would clear and it wasn’t going to deter us anyway… We were heading out for a 50m dive on the Hoki Maru. This ship took a hit in the forward hold just behind the main deck gun. The hold unfortunately for the Japanese contained a nasty mix of munitions and drums of caustic acid. The result was the front of the ship being decimated and a constant presence of the acid which tingles your skin when you swim near it. So that said, we headed to the direct opposite of that and went in search of the propellers. The Hoki has two of the most preserved and perfect props you will find in Truk. They make for great photos if you can get the co-ordination to take one. After all – by the time you get to them, you are sitting in 50 metres and a little “narked”. Up from the props and over the side of the ship we find ourselves inside a cargo hold with Mitsubishi Zero engines stacked side by side. Next to these, a bulldozer, 2 tractors and 3 flatbed trucks (the cool old style rounded ones with the headlights sticking out from the sides.) Amongst these, more Saki bottles and all sorts of other “stuff” you would expect t to find in a cargo hold of a Japanese wreck in Truk.
After a 10 or so minute search of the cargo hold, we decided to head up to our deco stop. While we were there we were buzzed by a couple of sharks. A black tip and a grey tip. Just reef sharks but they were pretty cool to see and since I had guaranteed Jacqui that I’d find her one. I was quite happy they came to see us.

Johanna Pool Photography

afternoon was a more sedate dive. Only 40m and 25m to the deck. The Kansho Maru has THE best engine room to dive! From the very start of the dive we planned to dive it and we weren’t disappointed. This engine room unlike many others in Truk, is easy to access from above but that would be no fun so we went in through the ship from just behind the bridge and through a network of passageways and down stairwells until we entered through a doorway and onto a walkway over the top of the engine room. Dropping over the side into the main boiler room we found ourselves inside a very spacious area which was very organized. Working our way around this now pitch black room (apart from our torches), deep inside the ship, we found another stairway and wouldn’t you believe it? It goes even further downwards. Just wide enough for one at a time we headed down the stairs and into yet another engine room. Only this one has a lot more artefacts and things left where they fell when this ship hit the bottom. Off to the side of this room was another room which was clearly a workshop. Tools still hanging on the wall and a vice, work bench and flexible light sitting above, this was obviously not a room which had many previous visitors. At this point we decided to head back out to find daylight. We were 28 metres down and a long way from the exit at that point. At this point my torch decided to give up on me. Admittedly it was my back up as my main torch had been lost on the first day of the trip so I was relying on the light from my dive buddies ahead.
Not the ideal way to go really but we dive well together and it was not an issue. We couldn’t stop to sort out another back up as this would have cost us valuable deco time and air so we just kept moving. Lucky for me I know someone who owns a dive shop so a replacement back up torch is well on the cards and you’ll all be happy to know that the torch which failed on me at such a crucial time, will no longer be stocked at Perth Scuba!!

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