We're staying at a gorgeous hotel called the Blue Lagoon Resort. It is a short ride from the airport on a small little peninsula jutting out into the Chuuk Lagoon.
All of the hotel rooms have a balcony facing the lagoon and there is a bar and a dive shop right on the water. The food isn't bad either.
Something tells me that this isn't the "real" Chuuk.
We just finished the second day of the conference.
The four groups from the Marshall Islands, Chuuk, Guam, and CNMI are meeting here to critique each other's Conservation Action Plans. On the first day we gave an overview of our targeted sites (CNMI is targeting Laulau Bay) and our conservation targets and today we went over our strategic actions.
The criticism is why we are here, but my favorite part about coming to these TNC sponsored conferences (this is my third) is the opportunity to meet other people from the Pacific working on similar issues as me.
It is such a great opportunity to meet people who have been in the game a lot longer than I have. Some of the people here have been working in Micronesian conservation for over 30 years.
Their insights are invaluable. I try to soak up every word they say.
Tomorrow we are going to visit Chuuk's conservation target, a small bay with mangroves. We'll be there all afternoon. We're going to go on a tour of the proposed marine protected area, meet with some of the nearby residents, and then go snorkeling.
I don't know if I'll be able to get in a dive. Our schedule has us busy from 9 AM - 5 PM. Steve and I may try to fit in an early morning or night dive.
I know Harry and Jeff will slap me silly if I don't dive at least once while in Chuuk.