This dive site has now become one of the most visited and known dive sites in Coron, Palawan. Reaching the place will take for about 2 and a half hours by banca, from west up to the south of the Concepcion Village.
Taiei Maru (Concepcion wreck) was an auxiliary oil tanker of the Imperial Japanese Navy combined fleet in World War II. This oil tanker is 168 meters long or 551 feet and 10,045 gross tons. It was sunk on the 9th of October, 1944 by the US aircraft.
Taiei Maru is also known as the Okikawa Maru. It sits upright in 27 meters of water and it has everything. Its upper decks are at 10 meters or 33 feet to 15 meters or 49 feet deep. The main deck is at 16 meters or 52 feet.
Its depth defines that the divers can take such a long and surely a great time exploring it. Though sometimes the wreck is washed by extremely strong currents, it is still an advantage in catching and attracting a huge number of the marine life.
Taiei Maru is a wreck that is very good for penetration as well as wreck diving courses. Its decks are well covered with wonderful hard and soft corals including huge lettuce corals, sponges and a variety of small to large colorful fishes. Its marine life includes snappers, mackerel, finned jacks, eagle ray, sea turtle, batfish, fusiliers, ubiquitous lion fish, surgeon fish, scorpion fish and many more. There are also nudibranchs which photographers mostly feature.
Location: South of Concepcion Village on Busuanga Island on the outer edge of the Lusteveco Company Pearl Farm, Palawan, Philippines
Main Attraction: Wreck Diving, Great marine life
Average Depth: 16 meters or 52 feet
Maximum Depth: 26 meters or 85 feet
Condition: Usually calm currents, fierce currents are normal.