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Ocean Hunter III - Dive Sites - Buoy 6

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Location: Malakal Channel, east of Koror.
Distance from Koror: A 5 minute boat ride from most dive shops in Koror.
Visibility: Diving should be done at slack tide; the visibility you will experience during slack water (High tide) is usually good. If you attempt to dive the wreck during low tide visibility can be poor.
Level of Diving Experience: Intermediate to Advanced.
Diving Depth Summary: The wreck, small fishing vessel is resting upright near marker # 6 at 80 feet (27 m). Deck is 65 feet (21 meter) deep. The hull is perpendicular to southwest slope and the bow is pointing to the Northeast.
Currents: Can be extremely strong!!

General Information: This 100-foot long vessel known as Buoy # 6 wreck (Original name is unknown) is an old World War II Sub chaser. From 1941 onward some 200 auxiliary submarine chasers of this class were built. Diving on this wreck should only be attempted during slack tide, as the currents in the channel can be very swift. Your dive boat will be anchored close to channel marker # 6 at 10 feet of water. Swimming down the slope you will see the stern of the wreck with its corroded rudder. The wreck is overgrown with hard and soft corals and home to many tropical fishes. Usually the Photo by Peter Langedive will start shortly before slack tide, if the current is still running find shelter on the leeward side of the wreck. The wreck was partially salvaged after the war and is deteriorating fast; some of the hull's plates have fallen. Built with the engine amidships two sections of superstructure can be seen. A circular gun platform is mounted on the bow but the gun is missing. When you leave the wreck on your way up, it is important to swim back to the stern section and from there to the Southwest slop (you can see the slope from the stern). Malakal channel is a busy waterway and you should not ascend in the middle of the channel. Caution: Due to its location, very strong currents can be experienced. Plan your dive carefully according to the tides! When ascending, follow the slope. Do not ascend in mid channel.

Reef Formation: Malakal Channel, east to Koror is one of two main channels that cut through the barrier reef and lead into the lagoon (The other one is West Passage). The channel slopes down from 10 feet (3 meters) (Corals) to 70-80 feet (23-27 meters)(sandy bottom). Large variety of healthy corals can be found on both slopes, including massive Gorgonian fans. Clusters of Green Octopus Coral (Tubastraea Micrantha) decorate the sandy bottom around the wreck.

Marine life: Many species of tropical fish and large selection of invertebrates can be found here.

Diving: Due to its location, very strong currents can be experienced. Plan your dive carefully according to the tides!When ascending, follow the slope. Do not ascend in mid channel. Night diving: Dive shops in Koror offer Buoy # 6 as a night dive; it is one of Palau's best night dives! Especially at night it is important to dive on the wreck during slack tide. At nighttime the hull that is covered entirely with orange cup corals (Tubastraea Micrantha), soft corals and Gorgonian fans blooms with bright colors.

Fascinating Facts: Recommended books: DESECRATE 1 by Klaus Lindemann / 370 pages / Pacific Press Publication WWII Wrecks of Palau by Dan Bailey / 232 pages / North valley publications Mail Order: North valley publications, P.O. Box 991413, Redding, CA 96099 Diving and Snorkeling guide to Palau by Tim Rock and Francis Toribiong / 142 pages / Lonely Planet Pisces Book.

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Tiefe: 26 m. Patrolienboot, das beste Wrack für Makro-photografie, exzellenter Nachttauchgang für Geübte.

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