Many of the wrecks are “Maru” or merchant vessels that had been left at anchor when the American attacks came. A few had been fortified with anti-aircraft weapons and many carried important army supplies including Zero Fighter aircraft parts, tanks, torpedo shells, trucks and road supplies. Bottles, cooking utensils, items from everyday life and personal artifacts can be found in several of the wrecks.
Fujikawa Maru – Immensely popular & easily accessible wreck, originally designed to carry both cargo & passengers, divers can penetrate the superstructure to see the remains of parts which were being transported …. tanks, propellers, wheels, artillery shells & torpedos. You can see also visit the engine room, staterooms, and galley. Good corals, lots of fish, great photo ops.
Emily Flying Boat – This huge fighting plane was armed with machine guns, canons and bombs. After being hit by the Americans, the plane managed to fly to Truk, although several important Japanese officers on board had been killed. The pilot crash landed and a few of the crew survived. The impressive wreck is amongst the most popular in Truk for photographers.
Nippo Maru – This is a wreck which nearly every wreck diver dreams of visiting. Another favorite for photographers, the helm & telegraphs make startling subjects. You’ll also find a load of weapons & artillery, mines, gas-masks, shoes and more in the holds … trucks & a tank … Howitzers & an anti-aircraft gun on the deck
Amagisan Maru – Another ship originally used for both passengers & cargo, the Amagisan Maru offers a big photographic gun on her bow & one at the stern, plus aircraft parts, trucks and a car the hold. There’s also a tanker truck just at her side.
San Francisco Maru – Pre-requiaition by the Japanese Navy, the San Francisco Maru carried passengers and cargo of minerals & coal. The haunting gun on the bow of the ship is one of Truk’s most photographed. The San Francisco also features several trucks & armored tanks, the usual artillery, torpedoes and bombs … along with airplane parts
COMMONLY VISITED SITES:
Fujikawa Maru Lush coral growth. Zero airplane fuselages and wing sections.
Yamagiri Maru 18" diameter artillery shells of Battleship Musashi.
Nippo Maru 2 man tank and artillery guns on deck. Photogenic wheelhouse.
Heian Maru Torpedoes and submarine telescopes. Massive size.
Sankisan Maru Lush soft coral growth on mast. Machine gun ammunition in hold.
Hoki Maru Trucks, bulldozer and tractor in hold. Massive destruction of bow.
Unkai Maru Photogenic bow gun. Good coral growth on masts.
Rio de Janiero Maru Awesome size. Photogenic propellers. Large engine room.
Hanakawa Maru Lush soft and hard coral growth.
Fumitzuki Destroyer Bow and stern guns, torpedo launcher.
Betty Bomber Japanese small twin engine bomber.
Momokawa Maru Aircraft parts, truck frames and artillery shells.
Shinkoku Maru Lush coral growth. Fantastic marine life. Excellent engine room.
Aikoku Maru Massive destruction of bow. Photogenic stern gun.
San Francisco Maru Tanks on deck. Trucks, mines, bombs and ammunition in holds.