Taiei Maru (Okikawa Maru)

One of at least 19 Wartime Standard Merchant Tanker 1TL’s, this wreck was considered one of the most important ships in the Japanese service. During the air raid, its stern sank but the forecastle was still at the surface. It was two weeks later when a follow-up strike was conducted that it finally sank to the bottom.

The wreck has developed a beautiful artificial reef, full of reef fish and coral. Plus you have the chance to see Jacks.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 10 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Wreck Dive

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

Akitsushima (Wreck)

A seaplane tender built by the Japanese that could maintain, repair, and supply huge aircrafts in remote forward bases. This plane was part of the convoy the survived the attack in Manila Bay and then went on to Coron Bay for safety.

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Irako (Wreck)

This giant high-speed mobile refrigerator was a food warehouse during the war. It could feed 25,000 men for two weeks which was a critical function during the War. It is considered one of the best wrecks to penetrate in the area.

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Olympia Maru (Wreck)

This ship was a timber hauler that was converted to a a mobile aircraft repair facility and supply depot for the Army. It witnessed and survived the US Navy attacks in Manila Bay and, after which, proceeded to Coron Bay for safety. Unfortunately, the air raid in Coron Bay set the Olympia on fire.

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Aladin

Aladin is a wall dive on the northeast corner of Apo Island, Mindoro Occidental. The dive site is accessible by boat from Pandan Island Resort (www.pandan.com).

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Ego Wall

Located at the northeast corner of Apo Reef, it can be considered as the most impressive dive site in the area. Big and small marine life, everything can be found here.

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Corner

This dive site on the SW-side of Pandan Island consists of a steep slope with occasional big rocks and canyons that offer shelter to a wide array of reef fishes and attract predators such as mackerels and trevallys. There is a variation of different corals and big sea fans up to 2 meters diameter to be found.

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Coral Garden West

Easy but beautiful dive. In a lively garden of mainly hard corals with patches of sand in between all kinds of marine life can be observed at this spot.

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Barracuda Deep

Probably the most advanced dive around the island. The whole wall is overgrown with hard and soft corals and the gorgonians reach a considerable size.

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House Reef

Depths 2 – 18m. Ideal for beginners, courses or a warm-up dive. No current ever. Still, a wide variety of coral fish can be seen. Nearby ‘Lion fish den’ consists of a group of corals & rocks.

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North Wall

A sheer drop from about 7 - 35 m makes this an interesting dive site. Although not as many fish are seen as in other parts of the island, the overhanging corals create a very special atmosphere.

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Recommended Training

Technical Wreck Diving

Do you want to experience amazing wreck dives? Increase your technical dive skills to conduct complex wreck penetration dives and join the world’s elite exploration divers. Start the SSI Technical Wreck Diver certification today!

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Marine Ecology

The SSI Marine Ecology Specialty program is the best way to discover the exciting science of marine ecology and become an underwater naturalist. Enhance your dives in a new way. Earn the SSI Marine Ecology specialty certification now!

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Perfect Buoyancy

The SSI Perfect Buoyancy Specialty is the best way to improve your body position for relaxed dives, lower your air consumption and increase your bottom times. Take control of your enjoyment. Start online now!

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Night Diving and Limited Visibility

Diving does not end when the sun goes down! Become a night diver and meet the incredible marine life that only comes out at night. Join the SSI Night Diving and Limited Visibility specialty program.

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