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The Astral Star, a long range cruiser built by Codecasa and designed by Camper Nicholson, has joined the Master Liveaboards brand undergoing a full refit prior to her re-launch as the Truk Master in February 2016.

Built of steel and with a cruising speed of 10 knots, the 37 metre Truk Master will welcome you onboard for some of the best wreck diving in the world! The 4 decks provide ample space for relaxation, recreational and technical dive equipment as well as your underwater cameras and accessories.

Truk Master will commence 10 and 11 night seasonal Bikini Atoll itineraries in May 2018. Bikini Atoll charters are run between May and September. For the remainder of the year, Truk Master is based in Truk Lagoon.

Bikini Atoll charter dates coincide with flights on United Airlines ex Honolulu to Kwajalein. From Kwajalein Airport you will be shuttled to an Army ferry taking you to Ebeye Island from where you will embark Truk Master for the 25 – 30 hour journey to Bikini Atoll.

Diving on the Bikini wrecks is respectfully recommended for experianced divers only with a minimum of PADI Tec 40 level or equivalent, with wreck experience, as the average depth of the wrecks is around 30-50 metres. To get the most out of your dives in Bikini Atoll, highly recommended are:

TDI – Advanced Nitrox & Deco Procedures
IANTD – Tech Nitrox
NAUI – Tech Nitrox & Deco Techniques
ANDI – Technical Nitrox and
PADI – Tec 50

Whilst helium is offered on-board, due to the logistical difficulties of obtaining the gas and the resultant costs, clients are advised not to dive tri-mix, or to limit themselves to Helitrox. Truk Master is equipped for supporting rebreather divers. It is possible to use helium in your rebreather as long as you carry the correct certification. Pre-booking of any rebreather supplies is essential to guarantee availability.

The Marshall Islands are an extremely remote diving destination without hyperbaric facilities. The nearest hyperbaric chamber is in either Hawaii or Australia. For this reason, appropriate dive and travel insurance is mandatory for your level of certification and planned dive depths.

Truk Master Facts

No. of Guests

Maximum 11 on Bikini Atoll itineraries

Cabins

8 cabins each with air conditioning and en-suite bathroom – 3 Lower Deck twin cabins; 4 twin / double cabins located on the Main Deck; 1 Double Suite on the Upper Deck

Air Conditioning

Yes

Saloon

Upper level indoor lounge and bar with plasma screen for movie and photo viewing

Food/Meals

Choice of international and local cuisine served buffet style in the indoor dining area. Fresh fruit and snacks are also available. Please advise any special dietary requirements in advance.

Beverages

A range of carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, teas, instant and fresh brewed coffee is included. Beer, wine and spirits are available from the cocktail bar for an additional fee.

Electricity

110V US/Euro style sockets with a limited number of 220V sockets at the camera tables in the dining area. Some universal adaptors are available although it is advised to bring your own adaptors

Photographic Facilities

Indoor and outdoor camera workstations. Individual storage drawers for cameras and peripheral items. Large rinse tanks with fresh water changed frequently.

Decks

The dive deck provides individual set up stations, under-bench storage and camera table with a large entry platform to the rear, on deck shower hoses and deck head. There is a spacious indoor dining area combined with camera station, complete with numerous charging points and storage on the main deck. Ample outdoor space includes a shaded outdoor relaxation area with lounge chairs and an unshaded sundeck on the flybridge.

Communications

VHF, SSB and handheld radios. Satellite communications. Satellite internet available (charges apply)

Dives per day

Minimum 2 dives

Dive Guides

Yes

Courses

N/A

Technical divers

Nitrox up to 32%. Deco bar under the dive platform. 80/40 cuft Deco stage, pure oxygen and helium available (additional cost).
Booster pumps installed for rebreather support. Stage tanks available for use. The purchase of Sofno-lime scrubber can be facilitated Pre-booking of any rebreather supplies is essential - additional charges apply.

Support Vessel

2 dive tenders for diving in small groups

Crew

11

Gear Hire Full scuba gear hire available including dive computers, underwater torch, SMB, Nautilus Lifeline rental and twin tank manifolds.
12L steel tanks are included. If you would like a 15L steel tank, please request in advance. - additional charges apply

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