Morazan Maru

Morazan Maru

Morazan Maru, the freighter and passenger liner built in England, 1908, sold to Central America, where she served (among others) the route between Honduras and New Orleans for many years. Sold to another owner and sent to Southeast-Asia for new tasks she was captured by the Imperial Japanese Navy in Singapore 1943 and used as an Auxiliary Cargo Vessel.

The origin of this vessel was for long time unknown and many funny or completely wrong statements were made about this mysterious ship. Just recently in 2006, Marc Julius a German dive master and wreck-maniac was that ambitious to check out the secret behind this ship. During the divemaster-course of his wife Eva the wreck became first time precisely mapped by Marc and Eva and they found out that e.g. the totally length of the ship is 93m (300.3”)only instead of fantasy-length of 120m and more you can find this sort of nonsense written in many specifications in the internet, magazines or other publications. By means of this detailed mapping many other evidences and weeks of research in the internet Marc could disclose the secret of this beautiful wreck. Chapeau! Well done Mr. Julius!

The Morazán Maru is one of the most popular wrecks of Coron because of her beauty rich fish life and relatively easy level. She is lying on her starboard side in 25m of water.

Four big Cargo holds makes it easy to penetrate the wreck. The empty engine-room (the single steam-engine was salvaged in the 60´s) with two impressive boilers left is one of the highlights. Beautiful mysterious atmosphere is there because of the day light coming in from the salvage-hole in the hull which is rich covered with hard and soft corals in 13-15m.

Big groupers, puffers, schools of baby barracudas, crocodile fishes (flathead), plenty of scorpion fishes (watch out where you put your hands!), occasionally black and white bended sea-snakes and turtles.

The water is usually calm sometimes mild current and the visibility is 3-15m depending on conditions.

Dive Level: Open Water, Wreck Diver (for deeper penetrations)

Recommended EAN-Nitrox: 36%