Tapilon Wreck

Spot this ghost pipefish at Tapilon Wreck.

Dive Site: Oakita Maru (Tapilon Wreck)

Diving Classification: Wreck
Distance: 30 minutes
Max. Depth: Max. 29 meters
Current: Usually none
Location: Tapilon, Cebu
Difficulty: Advanced Divers


The Tapilon Wreck is an unidentified World War II Japanese cargo carrier, named for the nearby town on the mainland. The boat was hit by torpedoes and although it lies in several sections, it is still recognizable as a vessel. There is an abundance of life on this wreck and it is covered in beautiful black coral, some bushes containing hundreds of almost invisible shrimp jumping around.

Huge marble rays are sometimes seen, also the fire sea urchin and its accompanying zebra crabs, squat lobsters, and Coleman’s shrimp. Sometimes we have several ornate ghost pipefish and frogfish in residence and if you are lucky you will see a flamboyant cuttlefish.

Deep green as the grass underneath.


Photo Credit: Pascal Kobe
Info Credit: Lanch of Dive Society
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