Blue Lagoon Resort is really the ONLY ground based dive operation worth visiting on Truk, when you weigh up the considerable advantage of spacious beautifully groomed grounds, a great tropical chill-out bar scene each evening and a large well organised dive boat system.
Let's face it... people come to Truk Lagoon to dive not sight see.
Transported by the hotel mini-bus, with a very slow and bumpy ride from the airport (the main road is STILL heavily potholed, despite several road gangs at work...) we were met at reception with a friendly smile and a chilled coconut drink each. A nice touch...
All 20 of us were checked into our rooms quickly and efficiently... I think everyone was most impressed with the immaculately groomed grounds, complete with a few hammocks strategically placed to gather the best view of palm trees and white sandy beaches.
Picture postcard stuff!
Rooms had all the basics, but seemed a bit tired.
Housekeeping did a good job of keeping things tidy around piles of dive gear.
The AC worked most of the time, it did break down once but when reported was promptly repaired even at 9pm! Would have liked the option of an overhead fan, which surely would be cheaper for the hotel than AC running all night. Windows could not be left open to catch the evening breeze because of the mosquitoes.
Staff at the dive shop and dive operations were very friendly, competent and ran things pretty smoothly (when factoring in a touch of 'island time'... but hey its a holiday after all).
Some local divemasters command of English was a bit patchy... at times this led to some confusion as to what exactly we were going to see on each dive. But their knowledge of the dive sites and skills were top notch.
All positive so far...
Which leaves me with the only real drawback of the Blue Lagoon Resort... the food!
Let me stress up front I am totally aware of the remoteness of the location, and the fact that after expending all that energy most divers aren't chasing haute cuisine, just simple tasty and filling food.
The waitresses and service manager were all lovely ladies who really did maintain a serene demeanour in the face of several rather terse and impolite exchanges I witnessed with some neighbouring guests about the food. It's not their fault, people!
The menu was quite extensive... which I guess it woulld have to be catering as they are for visitors primarily from Europe, Japan and the US.
Not sure when the supply ship comes in but it would seem there is a disconnect between the front office and the kitchen regarding expected numbers of guests each week.
Several staple items were off the menu for several days, including fresh fish, frozen fish and french fries. There were valiant attempts at creating home made french fries and hash browns out of fresh potatoes to meet demand, but these were invariably over cooked, dripping a dark brown acrid-tasting oil. Maybe the kitchen is using up some WWII bunker oil from the wrecks?
Quality control of dishes coming out of the kitchen was hugely variable!
There were regular cases of the same dish being cooked to widely varying standards when ordered by several members of our group. Often well overcooked, nearly burnt.
So a note to Blue Lagoon Management... something is seriously amiss in the kitchen and needs urgent attention to bring this part of the operation up to the standard their tariff rates suggest.
But I will definitely be back at some stage... you can overlook a lot of glitches for the quality of diving that is offered here.
- 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