Thorfinn Liveaboard, Micronesia



  • Sun deck and Spa deck for relaxation
  • Service and storage tables for photographers

Dive the amazing wrecks of Truk Lagoon Micronesia in comfort aboard the 58m SS Thorfinn Liveaboard. The SS Thorfinn Liveaboard has 10 air-conditioned cabins, 7 of which have en-suite bathroom facilities. Each cabin has in-room vanities, a TV and DVD player, and a full-length closet. With five decks, there is plenty of room for relaxation aboard the SS Thorfinn Liveaboard. On deck ‘C’ is a comfortable and spacious salon with a 50” multi-system LED TV and DVD player, a CD player with iPod connection, and a 6-speaker surround sound system. The library includes a range of Fish ID reference books, a comfortable seating area, and a fully stocked bar, making this a popular guest area.

The dining lounge on deck ‘D’ will serve a varied menu throughout the day chosen by the 2 onboard chefs. For further relaxation, the SS Thorfinn Liveaboard offers a sun deck with a shaded area and spectacular views for daytime relaxation or the Spa deck, which has a 12-person jacuzzi. The 22 SS Thorfinn Liveaboard crew - which offers a 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio, is on hand to take care of you.

To avoid damaging the bottom, the SS Thorfinn is moored on several moorings across the Truk Lagoon and has speedboats to carry divers to the dive sites, which are, on average, about 10 minutes away from the mother ship. The SS Thorfinn Liveaboard has the needs of underwater photographers in mind and offers service, storage tables, and a camera maintenance and charging area. Technical divers can be catered to on an 'all you can eat' basis, with a wide range of supplies available.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to scuba dive into the amazing waters of Micronesia and book your SS Thorfinn Liveaboard adventure today.

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Included: Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Private Dive Guide, Fishing, Land Excursions, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet, Spa.

Required Extras: 5% VAT, Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance, Visas and Fees (50 USD).

Optional Extras: Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox Course, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter
  • Spa
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
  • Fishing

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Tech diving
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Thorfinn floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2005
  • Year renovated 2008
  • Length 58 m
  • Beam 10m
  • Top speed 16 knots
  • Cruising speed 11 knots
  • Engines Fredriksstad Mek 4 cyl. double compound steam – 2500 h.p. @ 140 rpm
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders 2x Yamaha 150's; 2x Yamaha 60's; 1x Yamaha 40's
  • Water capacity 18000 gals
  • Fuel capacity 340 tons
  • Freshwater maker 2500 gals/day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Oxygen

Thorfinn Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 12 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Nick Z
  • United States United States
An unforgettable experience

Diving the Japanese wrecks in Chuuk Lagoon is a world-class experience. The captain of the Thorfinn is a remarkable asset to this experience because he's been diving these wrecks for more than 40 years. He knows all their histories and what makes each one special. The dive guides are to be commended for being able to find every wreck, to guide you in and out of all the interior spaces, and to show you what's really worth seeing. The rental equipment is new and well-maintained. The Thorfinn is more than 50 years old and shows it. The cabins on the upper deck near the lounge are okay, but the lower deck cabins are airless, dark and cramped. Doors get stuck. Faucets don't turn. The food is dull and repetitive. We didn't have fish once, and there were few fresh fruits or vegetables. The internet is worthless. It functions for only a few hours a day and doesn't have enough bandwidth for any web pages to load. During my week aboard the Thorfinn, we never once changed our anchorage. So, it was as though we were on a floating hotel with poor food and no internet. A good alternative to the Thorfinn would be to stay ashore in a hotel like the Blue Lagoon and go out in their dive boats. You'd get better food and internet. Still, my hat's off to the excellent dive guides and thanks to Captain Lance for his memorable tales.

Recommended for
The wrecks, the dive guides and the captain
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Lindsay B
  • United States United States
Liveaboard anchored, but great diving

We were really disappointed this liveaboard was anchored, as we could see the other liveaboard moving around the lagoon. We took boats out to dive sites and likely saw as much as they did...we just never had a change of scenery from the boat. Great (deep!) diving, healthy coral/sea life and great food!

Recommended for
Diving, Food and Staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Harry V
  • Canada Canada
We had the wrecks to ourselves

I think we really lucked out that the week we spent was a quiet one and so it was just myself and another diver with our guide penetrating the wrecks and really getting an amazing diving experience. So much to see and the Captain and his thorough and informative dive briefings was great. Lance has so much knowledge about the history and it helped to really get into the dives. Food was like home cooked meals and excellent comfort food. I thought that the fact that all dive sites are reached by tender would be a hassle but the fact that the mothership just sits in the best location in the lagoon made the rides out to the sites short and the time on board just gentle rocking. Trip of a lifetime.

Recommended for
Location, food, diving
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Tsz Yan F
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
All dive sites are wrecks, wreck lovers should go

This trip is suitable for all wreck lovers. All dive sites are wrecks dives without reef dives, we don't need to suffer from reef dives(I extremely hate fish and reefs=V=) Visited more than 20 wrecks, scheduled 3-4 dives per day since the weather condition was very bad Luckily, I still visited lots of interesting and attractive engine rooms =] Crews and dive guides are very friendly and helpful=V=

Recommended for
Wreck Dive Sites arrangement, 3-4 dives per day scheduling, Friendly captain and crews
  • 6.8 Review score
  • ricky N
  • Australia Australia
good for wreck diving

If you like wreck diving, this is the best place to fulfil your interest. All the sites are close to your safari , with the warm water temperature all the year.

Recommended for
many wrecks, dive site close to the Liveaboard, warm water temperature
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Byron S
  • Canada Canada

Wreck diving

Recommended for
Food, crew, divemaster and boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • James H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
The place to go for wreck diving

I stayed on the boat for 8 days diving 4 wrecks every day, and when I left there were still many we had not seen, I was Tech diving but other diver where mostly recreational level, the wreck are at all depth so OK for all diver but some of the deeper ones were 60+ m so having deco cylinder helped reduce the deco times. The boat was moored while we were on it, which worked well as she is mored close to the main wreck and has fast Dive boat to take you to the dive site, we were comfortably doing 4 dived per day with meals or snack waiting between dives. The captin Lance was a working history book of the area which added to the interest

Recommended for
Great Wrecks, Tech Diving, Good food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Fabrice K
  • France France
Most Amazing Diving experience ever!

I really had a great time diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon, with experienced and friendly dive guides who would take you to the most interesting places of a wreck, with some deep wreck penetrations at times, while safely staying outside at other times. Safety is a prime concern, but so is diver's experience! It was always possible to ask for specific wreck sites, diving up to 5 different wrecks a day. Captain Lance's impressive stories collecte over 30 years through direct contact with both Japanese an American war veterans makes this experience even more unforgettable! I would definitely come back!

Recommended for
5 different wrecks a day, flexible plans, great war stories from captain
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Marc H
  • Germany Germany
Liveaboard der etwas anderen Art

Die Thorfinn ist kein gewöhnliches Liveaboard-Tauchschiff, sondern ein Stück Geschichte zum erleben - gleich in mehreren Aspekten. Sie ist ein über 70 Jahre altes ehemaliges Walfangschiff, das zu einer schwimmenden Tauchbasis umfunktioniert wurde. Man darf also kein 5-Sterne Luxus-Liveaboard erwarten: die Kabinen sind funktional und jede etwas anders und man hört die Generatoren, aber das gehört alles zum Erlebnis dazu. Sie bietet vile Platz mit großen Gemeinschaftsräumen und Decks, so dass man die Kabine nur zum Schlafen aufsuchen muss. Im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Liveaboards ist die Thorfinn bereits seit einigen jahren an einer Stelle zwischen zwei Inseln fest verankert, die Tauchplätze werden durch kleine Beiboote angesteuert (5-15 min Fahrt), wodurch sich die Auswahl des Tauchplatzes viel flexibler gestaltet (bis zu 5 Wracks am Tag sind möglich). Captain Lance nutzt die Thorfinn für seinen Ruhestand und erzählt sehr gerne Geschichten aus über 60 Jahren Seefahrt (davon über 40 mit der Thorfinn auf der Ganzen Welt) und über sämtliche Wracks der Lagune. Das Essen ist gut, hier muss man aber die Versorgungslage in Mikronesien bedenken: Es gibt das, was verfügbar ist. Die Köchin ist jedoch sehr bemüht, das Beste daraus zu machen und geht auf Essenwünsche ein, soweit möglich. Fazit: Wer gerne taucht und Wracks liebt, ist hier goldrichtig. Wer jedoch ein 5-Sterne-Hotel und beim Essen eine große Auswahl will, ist auf Chuuk generell falsch, auch die Hotels an Land können hier keinen höheren Standard anbieten. Übrigens: Selbst als Tech-Taucher empfehle ich, den regulären Tarif zu buchen. Es ist besser, an den Wracks nur relativ kurze Grundzeiten in Kauf zu nehmen und lieber mehrere Wracks zu betauchen. Die Guides kennen die Highlights von jedem Wrack und es ist deutlich sehenswerter, die Highlights von 4 Wracks zu sehen, als 2 etwas ausführlicher zu betauchen. Außerdem ist man mit Monoflasche (an Bord gibt es neben den Standard 80cuft auch 100cuft) im Wrack deutlich mobiler. Alle Wracks liegen so, dass sie mit Monoflasche und einer Gesamttauchzeit von 30 bis 60 min betaucht werden können.

Recommended for
Wracks, Geschichten von Cpt. Lance, Flair des Schiffs
  • 10 Exceptional
  • France France
Séjour très agréable et belles plongées

Tous les jours ont été d'égale qualité.

Recommended for
Bateau confortable, Équipage efficace, Plongées bien menées en sécurité.