Originally Posted on January 14th, 2014 by Chris Lubba, Palau Dive Adventures
Wreck diving in Palau is one of the many reasons why scuba divers from all over the world enjoy visiting and exploring these waters. There are so many diverse wreck dive sites to choose from, many of which are considered some of the best wreck dives on the planet. If you are ready to explore some of the most intense and extraordinary wreck diving during your next Palau dive trip, continue reading. The list below details 5 of the very best wreck dives found in Palau so that you can target the ones that will give you the most thrilling experience.
If you are interested in seeing something a little different, head over to the site where the Jake Seaplane rests at a depth of 15 meters.
Because it rests on a coral head, there are many different types of coral that can be found at this site as well, including brain, lettuce, table, and stag horn corals, alongside plenty of soft corals too.
Wreck diving Palau: Amatsu Maru (Largest Wreck in Micronesia)
Amatsu Maru is the largest ship wreck in Palau, with a total length of 159 meters. The wreck lies at 40 meters deep, and divers of all experience levels can enjoy this dive site.
Inexperienced divers, for example, can stick to just exploring the outside of the wreck, while more experienced and confident divers can venture into the hull of this massive oil tanker.
This dive site is also referred to as Black Coral Wreck, thanks to all of the black coral trees that now cover the hull, creating a truly spectacular site.
While exploring the inside, you can see electrical and radio equipment, and you will also notice that the stern is damaged from the explosions that sunk it.
Wreck diving Palau: Helmet Wreck
This wreck was recently discovered and has not even been identified and named yet, so the nickname Helmet Wreck was given to it, thanks to all of the helmets found inside of it. This wreck is found in a nearly vertical position at depths that range from 15 to 35 meters.
There are many interesting things to be found throughout this wreck, including gas masks, ammunition, and rifles. In fact, many areas of the ship are still intact and in pretty good condition. Just use caution while exploring.
Wreck diving Palau: Iro Maru
Iro Maru sank in 1944 and now lies in an upright position at a depth of 40 meters. The dive is an easy one if you want to just check out the surface areas of the wreck.
However, you should have more experience if you want to go deeper into the wreck itself and explore the inside of it. Many fish call the wreck home, including lionfish and clownfish, along with plenty of coral.
Just keep your hands off the potentially dangerous ammunition you find on the wreck.
Wreck diving Palau: Chuyo Maru
The Chuyo Maru is yet another ship that was bombed and sank in 1944. This incredible wreck site features a variety of marine species that include soft corals along the deck and rails, as well as gorgeous black coral.
You will also encounter lionfish, translucent shrimp, oysters, clams, pipefish, eels, and more. The maximum depth at this site is 30 meters, and divers of all experience levels can enjoy it.
A variety of interesting marine animals, such as cuttlefish and octopus, can also be seen here, so take some time to take note of the creatures who call this site home after exploring the plane itself, which features a small bomb in the cockpit, radios, and ammunition.
Although you may be tempted to touch any ammunition you find, these can be very dangerous, so keep your distance.
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