SHIPWRECK DIVING

Coron abounds with shipwrecks left by the American bombardment of Japanese ships anchored in Coron Bay. These wrecks, scattered at different depths provide a breathtaking adventure. Among the noted wrecks are:

  • Akitsushima. One of the few true warships, it is considered as an advanced dive due to its depth.

  • East Tangat Gunboat. Itís origins is not known and believed to be either a tug boat or an anti-submarine craft.

  • Irako. A Japanese refrigeration ship, lies almost upright, listing about 10 degress to port in 45 meters of water.

  • Kyokuzan Maru. A 160-180m Japanese freighter, located Northeast of Busuanga Island. Due to its distance from Coron, this is a day-long two dive adventure

  • Kogyu Maru. An auxiliary ship, probably built in Europe and captured by the Japanese Fleet. It lies on its starboard side in 36m of water.

  • Lusong Island Gunboat.. Attacked and sunk by the US Navy, this shallow wreck , lying in about 10m of water, is excellent for snorkeling and wreck photography, and is often used for relaxation between dives.

  • Olympia Maru. . A 120 meter long Japanese freighter, lying on its starboard side, provides an excellent dive where you can observe big Groupers, Sweet Lips, turtles and even sea snakes. Nestled in an average depth of 15 meters (maximum 25m), this wreck is recommended for Advanced divers and Specialty Wreck divers.

  • Taiei Maru.. The Taiei Maru is an oil tanker of the Imperial Japanese Navy, attacked on September 24, 1944 and eventually sunk on October 9, 1944. It is 169 meters long and has a 10,045 gross tonnage. It sits almost level, with a slight list to port, pointing 350 degrees (compass bearing), with the bow broken off in 26 meters of water.

  • Tangat Wreck. . The origin of this coastal vessel is not known. Attacked and sunk on September 24, 1944, it was probably built in Greece, captured and used by the Japanese fleet. This 112 meter freighter was sunk by US aircraft and now lies on its starboard side, pointing 050 degrees (compass bearing) in 26 meters of water.


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