We’ve chosen two of Asia’s premier wreck diving locations to feature in this all out ‘Wreck Safari’ to Coron in the Philippines and Truk in Micronesia. Starting from the Philippines you’ll be based from the stunning Sangat Island Resort which offers easy access to best wrecks on offer, many of which are well over 100m in length and with excellent penetration opportunities.
From Philippines you’ll travel east to arguably the greatest wreck diving location on the planet – Truk Lagoon. For the next week your base will the the newly refitted Truk Master Liveaboard, expect great visibility, a dizzying array of wreck diving opportunities and excellent dive support allowing you to make the most of this amazing location.
See the full trip breakdown below.
Sangat Island Resort is situated in the heart of Coron Bay and offers easy access to the best sites in the area. After a 30 minute drive you arrive at the boat hidden in the mangroves. Spectacular scenery abounds as you travel through the estuary and into the ocean towards Sangat Island. This island is surrounded by dramatic limestone cliffs plummeting into crystal clear waters with fringing reef. Here you’re welcomed with fresh coconut water and friendly faces. The bungalows are scattered along the white sandy shore, many of them have hammocks on the balconies, and the restaurant and bar offer magnificent views of the calm ocean. There is also a small rocky islet connected by a bridge where evening cocktails are served and the sunset is enjoyed.
The meals are all buffet style and include a varied menu encompassing some Filipino fare with some western flavours.
The dive centre is well run by an experienced crew, all with in-depth knowledge of the surrounding sites. Most of the sites are a short boat ride away so you assemble your gear and analyse our tanks (those of us diving Nitrox), and put on your wetsuits before leaving shore. The groups are generally small (4 or less per guide) which is ideal for wreck penetration. The visibility and conditions most often great and without significant current.
All the wrecks here were sunk during a three-day bombardment by Allied forces in September 1944, and are Japanese boats that were carrying munitions and building supplies and machinery. Most of the wrecks are in great condition and lie at comfortable depths for recreational wreck diving. (The dive shop does cater to tech divers too). There are several points of entry for penetration and the guides know the insides of these wrecks intimately and can guide divers through them, pointing out notable items like crane winches, bulldozers, guns, boxes of ammunition and more. Most the wrecks lie on white sandy bottoms and have become home to several species of marine life including schooling barracuda, puffer fish, scorpion fish, large rays, and small critters like shrimps, crabs, ghost pipefish, frogfish and the life. Some of the wrecks are over 160m in length and others are smaller gunboats completely covered with soft corals and reef fish.
You spend one of our dive days exploring the famed Barracuda Lake, a geothermal lake with clear water ranging from 34 to 16 degrees. There after you dive Cathedral, a stunning cavern, and reef system.
After a fantastic week diving you head off to Truk Lagoon. Truk Lagoon is known as one of the top wreck diving destinations in the world. With more than 60 wrecks lying at various depths in the area, many of which are overgrown with coral, this destination will not disappoint. The Truk Master is a spacious and comfortable liveaboard, accommodating a maximum of 16 guests in recently (2016) refurbished en-suite air conditioned staterooms.
Dive-wise, the boat accommodates recreational and tech divers from a spacious dive deck and centralised camera set up station. The wrecks, including supply vessles, gun boats, planes and a submarine, are packed into this beautiful coral lagoon, showcasing many historical artefacts like munitions, medicine bottles, engines and some human remains.
There are experienced staff on board to guide divers and ensure safe penetration. Diving activities are done from the mother boat, while the Truk Master also has skiffs for drop off and collection from sites when necessary.
Enquiry for Wreck Safari │ Coron and Truk Lagoon
Phone: 0117 369 0443
Canningford House, 38 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6BX