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Dive Palawan’s Past: Exploring Coron’s WWII Shipwrecks

Coron is famous for its underwater treasures, particularly its World War II shipwrecks

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Here’s a list of some notable shipwrecks in Coron that divers can explore, each with its own unique history:

Shipwrecks

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  1. Kyokuzan Maru (East Tangat Gunboat):
    • Type: Japanese auxiliary cargo ship
    • Depth: Approximately 26 meters
    • Highlights: Covered in colorful coral, with artifacts such as sake bottles and ammunition still visible.
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  1. Olympia Maru:
    • Type: Japanese seaplane tender
    • Depth: Ranges from 8 to 24 meters
    • Highlights: Divers can explore the seaplane hanger and discover various artifacts like aircraft parts.
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  1. Irako Maru:
    • Type: Japanese refrigeration ship
    • Depth: Approximately 42 meters
    • Highlights: Features intact engine rooms, walk-in freezers, and schools of fish surrounding the wreck.
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  1. Akitsushima:
    • Type: Japanese seaplane tender/aircraft ferry
    • Depth: Approximately 38 meters
    • Highlights: Divers can explore intact seaplanes on the deck and the massive crane used for launching them.
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  1. Kogyo Maru:
    • Type: Japanese freighter
    • Depth: Ranges from 15 to 34 meters
    • Highlights: The cargo holds contain trucks, bulldozers, and other construction equipment.
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  1. Okikawa Maru (Wreck Point):
    • Type: Japanese oil tanker
    • Depth: Approximately 26 meters
    • Highlights: Known for its stunning coral growth and the visibility of the ship’s structure.
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  1. Lusong Gunboat (Lusong Island Wreck):
    • Type: Japanese gunboat
    • Depth: Approximately 11 meters
    • Highlights: Shallow dive suitable for snorkelers, with cannons and artifacts scattered around the site.
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  1. Morazan Maru:
    • Type: Spanish freighter
    • Depth: Approximately 27 meters
    • Highlights: Divers can explore the engine room and cargo holds with trucks and construction equipment.
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  1. East Tangat Gunboat (Tangat Wreck):
    • Type: Japanese auxiliary gunboat
    • Depth: Approximately 14 meters
    • Highlights: Shallow dive with excellent visibility, featuring gun turrets and marine life.
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  1. Skeleton Wreck:
    • Type: Unknown
    • Depth: Approximately 5 meters
    • Highlights: Shallow dive suitable for beginners, known for its eerie, skeleton-like structure.
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Diving in Coron provides a unique opportunity to witness history frozen in time beneath the sea, with these shipwrecks offering a glimpse into the events of World War II and showcasing the beauty of marine life reclaiming these artificial reefs. Always dive with a certified guide and follow proper safety protocols when exploring these underwater sites.

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