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Philippines :: Coron Bay : Japanese Freighter

There is a lot of confusion as to the name of this ship. Some believe it to be The Taiei Maru, The Morazon Maru or even The Mamiya Maru. As no-one seems certain, it has been named as above. She lies not far west off Tangat Island in 25m of water and is 140m long.

The decks are at 18-24m which makes it another suitable site for the budding wreck diver. Access is easy through the cargo holds and engine room. If you time your dive between 10am-2pm and it's sunny, the wreck is lit up like a cathedral. A big attraction are the two main boilers that are amidships and intact. If you pass between the boilers you will find the damage that resulted in the sinking of this ship. It is poosible to swim through from bow to stern without exiting the ship.

Hard corals cover the port side and you'll also see groupers, sweetlips, sea snakes and the occasional turtle. Again, be careful of the scorpionfish.

East Tangat Gunboat
As the name suggests, this is a wreck of a gun boat or submarine hunter and is situated off the eastern side of Tangat Island, inclined in 22m of water on a coral reef. The shallowest part is only 3m deep, so this site is ideal for beginners.


Depth: max 25m. Decks 18-24m

Viz: 5-15m

Currents: weak

Getting there : 30 min by boat

Best months: Nov-May.

Japanese freighter