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Discover the best diving spots on the Island Hopper

By The Hub team, July 20, 2018

Ocean lovers wanting to dive below the surface and explore the underwater scenery unparalleled should jump on the Island Hopper route. The Island Hopper primarily serves as a lifeline to the islands of Micronesia and the people who live there, but it also stops at some of the best scuba diving locations in the world. Though, you don't solely have to scuba dive on these islands, you can always opt for snorkeling near the surface.

While scuba divers have more freedom to explore all things underwater, it requires more experience and possible training prior to the dive. Snorkeling offers an easy solution those who aren't looking for too intense of a dive, while still allowing for an exciting opportunity to fully immerse yourself in nature. To help plan your under water adventure while on the Island Hopper route, here are 5 scuba and snorkeling spots you don't want to miss.

People snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Honolulu: Hanauma Bay

Begin your journey in Honolulu, Hawaii where incredible diving spots are more than worth a visit. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is among the most popular, and for good reason. Formed in what was once a volcanic cone, the bay now thrives with over 400 species of fish including Hawaii's state fish the humuhumunukunukuapua'a and an abundance of sea turtles – creating a unforgettable snorkeling experience.

Scuba diver among the coral and sea life of Chuuk.

Chuuk: Truk Lagoon

The first stop along the Island Hopper route is a diver's paradise thanks to the famous ghost fleet of WWII wrecks sitting beneath the crystal-clear water surrounding Chuuk. This bucket-listen destination is an underwater museum with nearly 50 sunken ships and over 200 sunken aircrafts waiting to be explored. These WWII wrecks, now encrusted in coral, draw an incredible diversity of marine life including manta rays, turtles, and sharks – making it the perfect place to explore, either by scuba diving or snorkeling. Regardless of which you choose, there is nowhere else in the world will you be able to see WWII wrecks in such a close proximity.

Some of the jungle-covered ruins in Pohnpei

Pohnpei: Nan Madol

Upon arrival in Pohnpei, visitors will notice quite the difference from the scenery in Chuuk. Though there is plenty to see beneath the surface here, divers may consider trading in their flippers for tennis shoes to explore the island on foot. If you choose to stay above ground, head towards the eastern shore of Pohnpei where an archaeological wonder known as Nan Madol lies. Once home to an elite ruling class known as the Saudeleur dynasty, these sunken and jungle-covered ruins now lie just off the island, nearly untouched with amazing views. While legends exist, the true story of how the city was built remains one of the Pacific's greatest mysteries.

Boat along the shore of Majuro.

Majuro: Arno

The closest atoll and only a short boat ride from Majuro lies Arno Atoll. This coral atoll is a collection of 133 quiet islands, each featuring wide open white sand beaches and clear waters. This specific atoll is unique in that it encloses three different lagoons perfect for swimming, scuba diving and deep sea fishing. For those interested in making a small detour from Majuro, this atoll is great for a short getaway or day trip.

The shore near the Blue Hole in Guam

Guam: The Blue Hole

You've made it to the final stop on the route, but that doesn't mean exploring below the surface has to end now. Guam has no shortage of excellent diving spots – one of the most popular is the Blue Hole. This vertical cave, or natural limestone crevice opening to the ocean floor, lies about 50 feet beneath the surface and offers awe-inspiring views on the way down. Once inside, divers will find themselves in a secluded oasis of marine life illuminated by blue light streaking from the surface. Careful though, only experienced deep sea divers are recommended to make the plunge.

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