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The Ultimate Wreck Diving Excursions

Truk Lagoon Wrecks (WRECKS IN 50 - 70M)

San Fransisco Maru 2

San Fransisco Maru 2

The San Fransisco Maru is by far one of the world's greatest wreck dives ... Read More


Oite Destroyer

Oite Destroyer

This dive is another one of those MUST do dives and only one of two warships in Truk. ... Read More


Amagisan Maru

Amagisan Maru

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Nagano Maru

Nagano Maru

The Nagano was one of the first deeper dives that I did during my first visit to Truk in 2006. ... Read More


Seiko Maru

Seiko Maru

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Reiyo Maru

Reiyo Maru

Sitting bolt upright the Reiyo is a real nice dive.  ... Read More


Aikoku Maru

Aikoku Maru

This wreck was really interesting. Visibility is normally really good as it is one of the deeper wrecks on the lagoon. ... Read More


Katsuragisan Maru

Katsuragisan Maru

Truk Lagoons deepest wreck ... Read More


Fujisan Maru

Fujisan Maru

Visibility is normally stellar on this wreck ... Read More


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San Fransisco Maru

San Fransisco Maru

Visibility is normally stellar on this wreck  San Francisco Maru They dont call this the million dollar wreck for nothing. Nothing short of one of the most impressive sights around. When you drop down a narrow virtical opening and all you see to the left and right of you is mines! There are bombs everywhere you look. Piles of detonators on the deck. You name it. Vehicles, bowsers tanks on deck, impressive bow gun. This really is a must do dive San Francisco Maru – Passenger cargo ship sitting upright. Much to see – bow gun, trucks, tanks, mines, shells, bombs, aircraft engines, ammunition, china and depth charges on stern. Depth: 140-210ft/42-64m The San Francisco Maru was a 385ft/117m, 5,831-ton Passenger-Cargo ship built in 1919 for Yamashita Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha as part of its fleet involved in world trade operations in minerals such as coal, bauxite, and phosphate for transportation to the Empire. The word ‘Maru’ designates a merchant vessel. Following requisition by the Japanese Navy, it was assigned to convey Japanese Navy Branch military cargoes between the Japanese homeland and the Inner South Seas. On May 4th 1943 Allied intelligence intercepted a damage report from the San Francisco Maru’s commander saying that she had received minor damage from attacking aircraft at Wewak, New Guinea. Following repairs, later prisoner interrogations revealed that she arrived at Truk Lagoon on February 5th 1944. Aerial photos show her lying at the 4th Fleet anchorage southeast of Dublon. Following early bombing attacks against ships in that anchorage on the first day of Operation Hailstorm, the San Francisco Maru was observed on fire with smoke arising amidships. On February 18th 1944 air groups from the USS Yorktown, USS Bunker Hill and the USS Essex attacked her. She was hit by six 500-lb bombs dropped by aircraft from the USS Essex, and was reported to be burning furiously and sinking stern first. Five crewmembers were killed as a result of these air attacks. This wreck is loaded with war materials and one of Truk Lagoon’s most fascinating. She lies very deep, and rests on an even keel with the superstructure at 140ft/42m, deck at 165 ft/50m, and the sea bottom at 210ft/64m. There is a beautiful bow gun, and 3 armored 3-man light tanks and a flatbed truck are located on the main deck. Two large trucks are located in Hold No. 2 and the other holds are filled with interesting war material, such as fuel drums, hose sections, ammunition crates and artillery shells, torpedo bodies, aircraft bombs, depth charges, airplane engines and aircraft wheel assemblies. Hold No 1 is crammed with hemispherical mines, cordite containers, crates of artillery shells and aircraft bombs. Much of this material was brought to Truk Lagoon by the San Francisco Maru in anticipation of expected amphibious landings by U.S. troops. ... Read More


Hokuyo Maru

Hokuyo Maru

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