The Olympia Maru was 122 metres in length and almost 17 metres wide, displacing 5612 tons. Originally powered by a steam engine, it was fitted with an oil two stroke six-cylinder engine producing 582hp in 1930. Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Ltd owned the vessel till the day it sank, even though it was requisitioned by the Japanese Defence Forces during the War.
Today, it sits upright in approximately 30 metres of sea water and is located in close proximity Tangat Island in Coron Bay. The coordinates are N11*58.291’, E 120*03.707’S.
The Olympia Maru site is a perfect dive spot with a variety of marine life such as banana fish, giant bat fish and giant puffer fish, which swim around the mast, bow and stern.
Divers need to be careful of crocodile fish and scorpion fish amidst the easy penetration at the cargo rooms for wreck diving.
The wreckage is at a depth of 28 to 30 metres but is visible at 15 metres. From Coron Island, it takes about 10 minutes to reach the site. Since the bow, stern and mast areas are fully intact, one can get a good coverage of the wreck during the first dive.
Thanks to its upright position on the seabed, easy penetrations into cargo holds are available for divers. As per seasoned divers, the effective way to start exploring is by heading through the prop shaft and through to its engine room. Among huge boilers, visibility is wonderful with sufficient light streaming through the structure.
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