Shinwa Maru / Indonesia

Shinwa Maru
Not far from Manokwari in Teluk Cenderawasih there are several wrecks of WWII. They are the Japanese cargo wreck Shinwa Maru and unrecognized USA vessels.
Shinwa Maru is an impressive 120m/393ft long vessel. It lies at 16-34m/53-112ft depth. During the exploration of the hull, divers can see two holes in the left side that remained after explosion of the bombs. For fifty years the ship has turned into the fish house. There are jackfish and other small marine dwellers. The wreck is easily accessible as it lies on her side.
Other wrecks lie nearby with their keels up. The hull is covered with corals. The Cross wreck, as it was called by divers, has especially beautiful corals – both soft and hard.

Location: Teluk Cenderawasih

What to see: The sweeping equipment, accumulators, ammunition and cargo with sake bottles are still buried in the holds and around the wreck. There are also kitchenware, chopsticks, helmets and other items.

Depth: 16-34m/53-112ft

Currents: 1-2 knots

Visibility: About 15m/49ft

Season for diving: All year round. The water temperature ranges between 27-30C/81-88F.


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