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Scuba Diving Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon), Micronesia
Dive Site: Nippo Maru
Location: Near Tonoas, Chuuk Lagoon
Description: 3,764 ton cargo vessel
Length: 106 metres (353 feet)
Depth: Max depth 50 metres (165 feet), 40 metres (130 feet) to deck, 30 metres (100 feet) to top of wreck
Visibility: 30 metres (100 feet)
Awesome dive! I dropped onto the bow and headed past the truck frame to the tank, then on past the wheelhouse to the rear howitzer guns on the starboard aft section. The wreck lists to the port at 20 degrees. There is lovely coral on the king masts and we had great viz. On the second dive we did here I went into holds 4 and 5 where there were thousands of sake bottles and huge gun mounts. Two sand rays were on the sea bed by where the stern is stuck on the reef. I headed back through the wheelhouse where the wheel mount and telegraph are intact.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Diver
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I read that this wreck was found in 1980 by a Klaus Lindemann,
this in incorrect. Jacques Cousteau and his team located the wreck in 1969. My son dove the wreck off the Agresor liveaboard in 1996, it's a very interesting dive.
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