Wrecks, wrecks and wrecks
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diving is king. There are people going there without diving but it all evolves
around diving. When you talk to divers on the other side of the globe about
there experience in diving - especially wrecks - you may just meet somebody
telling you. Well I have dived the wrecks at Coron. The wrecks here are the
main thing when it comes to wreck diving in the
And I am
here for the diving. Actually if it had not been for the wrecks at Coron I just
might not have gone to
are from recent history - the Second World War. In 1944 the war in the Pacific
did not go the way the Japanese wanted and the Americans had bomb most of the
Japanese navy in
are at different depths some are so deep that going there will involve some
techdiving which is not for me. But many of the wrecks is at around
The dive shop
is what the resort I am staying at is all about. And they are pretty
professional all the dive masters and instructors at the place got a incredible
number of dives on the wrecks - several of them got 2.
At the breakfast table there are some people who look a bit like they are going diving. They all talk about nitrox diving and seems to be doing a nitrox course - and sure they are the rest of the guest on the boat - naturally there is a Dane as well - you really cant get away from those people in this part of the world. Well we take of and got two dive masters onboard - one going with the nitrox divers and one goes with the ordinary compressed air divers - which are just me.
are not straight in front of the resort we actually need to sail a bit along
the small islands just of the coast of
On the boat there is a bit of entertainment. We got a German onboard and he got the most incredible underwater photo gear I have ever seen. This is some professional stuff it probably cost the same as a car - the only question is what kind of car. He got huge flashes and an unknown number of different lenses for his two cameras. He spends the entire time we are on the boat setting up his gear and debating which lens to put on the camera - it is a spectacle to look at.
finally we get to the first wreck an old Japanese cargo boat which still got
some of the old cargo onboard. We go down to the wreck - and I hate it.
We go down
to the wreck and the visibility is poor only around 5-
wrecks you will see them turned into a new reef with lots of life on it. At
many dive areas around the globe you will even sink a ship to create a new
artificial reef to make more business. And in just a few years these wrecks
will usually be teeming with life. But this wreck has been in the water for
more than sixty years - and there are hardly any corals on it at all and no
fish to speak of.
two wrecks are a bit more interesting but I still think I will cut my stay at
Coron short of my initial plans and try to make my way to