A few minutes boat ride southwest of Kogyo Maru, another impressive Japanese Ship went down in this furious strike of the American Air force in September 24, 1944.
Irako (伊良湖), a provision-vessel for refrigerating food sunk after disastrous bomb-hits mainly in her bridge-section and is now resting in a max. Depth of 42m of water in an upright position angled to her portside.
For wreck-experts she is undoubted the best and most interesting wreck on the place. Because of the depth, size and sometimes unfavorable conditions makes diving on this wreck some sort of serious. The good old Danish DM Claus Rassmunsen, one of the most experienced divers at the wrecks of Coron-Bay called a dive at Irako a “triple-d”-dive…deep, dark, dangerous…absolutely right!
Irako is definitely not a wreck for beginners. Advanced Open Water Certification with an experience of at least 25 dives, is the basic requirement. Better to dive Irako with a wreck-specialty certification because with more confidence you can experience the beauty and the thrill of this gorgeous wreck much more! Transmission-room, the propeller-shaft on starboard-side, kitchen-compartments, a workstation with a lathe-machine left, the engine-room with the engines still in place are only a few highly exciting penetrations on the Irako. But also for underwater naturalists there is a load to see: schools of travelly, fusiliers and snappers, lion- and scorpion-fish, and many more!
Certification Level: Advanced Open Water with experience (25 or more logged dives), Wreck Diver
Recommended EAN-Nitrox Mix: 28% to 32%