The drawing shown here is of the Okikawa or Taeie Maru, sunk in 1944, by a group of American carrier based aircraft. The Okikawa or Taeie Maru (the names vary) is a Japanese Tanker in the group of seven large ships that lie in the waters near Coron in the Calamianes Islands group (North Palawan). The other ships are freighters and a seaplane tender.
This wreck is covered with corals and houses a large variety of marine-life. The deck is between 9m & 15m and is good for wreck dive beginners. There are many penetration possibilities. Okikawa is situated in a channel so there can be currents. However it is not a problem for beginner divers as there are many areas around the superstructure where you can shelter-and watch the schools of fish enjoying themselves! Because of it`s size you can do many different dives here. Max depth: 24m, top of wreck 9m to 15m.
The Philippines has a ton of dive sites, but I mainly go to Subic Bay and Coron to dive the wrecks. I could describe the various dive sites, but you can learn much more about the diving and surrounding area by going to the web sites below. I have been to Coron about five times and I really enjoy the diving and the rural nature of the town of Coron. My last trip in October 2007, I did a four day live-aboard with a friend of mine on his sail boat. You can see photos of diving at Subic and Coron in the photo section of my profile. I can also send you a PowerPoint slide show about the wrecks at Coron.
Web sites for general information on Coron
For dive shops or resorts, try
For Subic Bay, try
Let me know if you need more info