Adventurers Dive Log: Truk Lagoon,Aikoko Maru
Diving the Aikoko Maru
FIVE FLAG DIVE
Armed Merchant Cruiser
Built Sunk Feb. 18 1944
Depth 210' feet length 498' originally, about 300' left
A Little History
The Aikoko Maru was sent to the bottom by the Americans along with most of the Japanese ships moored in Truk Lagoon. Waves of bombers dumped tons of munnitions
upon the unsuspecting sailors. This turning point in the Pacific theatre created one of the best shipwreck sites in the world.
This is a deep wreck. This ship went down after a tremendous explosion
which blew the bow apart. Itsits upright on the bottom.
There is literally nothing from the bridge forward. Though a decompression dive,
requiring specialized gear for penatration, it is an excellent wreck for
very experienced divers.