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Famous WWII Shipwreck at Your Doorstep


 

1. Diving at Irako


The Irako is intact except for the bridge area, which took a direct hit.  It is the least salvaged wreck and has a lot to see on penetration. This dive is best made at deck level giving an average depth of 30m. The number and variety of fish is spectacular.  Nitrox has the advantage of increasing your bottom time by about 50%.  

Info about Irako:



Navy Refrigerated Provision Ship

Length: 147 meters

Beam: 19 meters

Depth: 30 – 45 meters

Sunken: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 10min
 
 

2. Diving at Lusong Gunboat

Lusong Island wreck appears previously to have been a tugboat because of the engine positioning, the large size of the engine mountings and the large fuel tanks.  It was converted into a gunboat for the Japanese fleet. The stern breaks the surface at low tide.  The maximum depth is 11m. This wreck is also great for snorkeling and is next to a wonderful reef whose depth ranges from 3 & 18m.  It is another good third dive, heaven for underwater photographers and suitable for inexperienced divers.

Info about Lusong Gunboat:


Gunboat

Length: 25 meters

Beam: 6 meters

Depth: 0-11 meters

Sunken: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 15min
 
 

3. Diving at Olympia Maru

Olympia is a wonderful wreck with a large variety of marine life, soft and hard corals. It sits upright.  The depth on the deck is 18m to 29m. The cargo holds are easy to penetrate with a lot of available light. One of the best wrecks for those discovering wreck diving.  Divers often come back having seen something new and exciting.

Info about Olympia Maru:


Army Aux. Supply Ship

Length: 128 meters

Beam: 16,7 meters

Depth: 18 – 29 meters

Sunk: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 15min
 
 

4. Diving at East Tangat Wreck:

The name of this ship was not known until February 2002 when a group of 6 intrepid Dutch divers spent all Sunday, in shifts, burrowing into the sand to find it!  The bow is at 4m with a maximum depth of 19m. It is great as a third dive, for underwater photographers and the less experienced diver. The ship is tight against a reef, which at shallow levels is a fairyland of branching corals and miniature reef fish.   A wreck and reef dive in one!  The snorkellers will be happy too!

Info about East Tangat Wreck:


Gunboat

Length: 35 meters

Beam: 7 meters

Depth: 3 – 19 meters

Sunk: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 20min
 
 

5. Diving at Kogyo Maru

She lies on her starboard side at 34m. It is possible to penetrate the whole ship. Many of the penetrations are easy and are well lit.  Kogyo’s second hold contains cement bags, a small bulldozer, tractor and air compressor. Swim through the engine room and you will find two large boilers. The top of the ship is at 17m and is covered with hard and soft corals and a wealth of life.  It is  another good Nitrox 32% dive giving an approximate 50% increase in bottom time.

Info about kogyo:


Navy Aux. Supply Ship

Length: 129 meters

Beam: 18 meters

Depth: 17 – 34 meters

Sunk: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 17min
 
 

6. Diving at Morazan Maru

The cargo holds & engine room allow easy penetration of this wreck with lots of available light. In the engine room there are two large boilers which can be viewed from the front & back. Penetrating into the shower room you can see the tiles on the floor plus the light fitting with the bulb still in place. The top of the ship is at 14m & is covered with hard corals containing a large variety of marine life.

Info about Morazan:


Civilian Cargo Ship

Length: 140 meters

Beam: 13 meters

Depth: 12 – 26 meters

Sunk: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 20min
 
 

7. Diving at Akitsushima

The Akitsushima is a warship lying on her port side. She was bombed near the stern where her flying boat was tethered on metal tracks. She sank immediately. The ship is almost split in two just in front of the engine room. The crane used for lifting the seaplane out of the water is intact, lying on the sand at 36m. A 3-barreled anti-aircraft gun mounting is at the front of the flying boat tracks and another is half buried in the mud in the area of the crane. There are good penetrations. The engine room is the most interesting. There are four engines, transmission with large gears, and the machinery for operating the crane. A good Nitrox dive.  At 32% this gives you an approximate 50% increase in bottom time. Max depth:

Info about Akitsushima:


Seaplane Tender

Length: 118 meters

Beam: 15,7 meters

Depth: 22 – 36 meters

Sunken: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 25min
 
 

8. Diving at Okikawa

This wreck is covered with corals and houses a large variety of marine-life. The deck is between 9m & 15m and is good for wreck dive beginners. There are many penetration possibilities.  Okikawa is situated in a channel so there can be currents.  However it is not a problem for beginner divers as there are many areas around the superstructure where you can shelter-and watch the schools of fish enjoying themselves!  Because of it’s size you can do many different dives here.

Info about Okikawa:


Navy Aux. Oiler

Length: 160 meters

Beam: 20 meters

Depth: 10 – 26 meters

Sunk: 24 September, 1944 in Coron Bay
Distance from Chindonan by boat: 30min