The Irako was a Japanese refrigeration ship.
The wreck is located at the mouth of Coron Bay at coordinates N 11*58. 059', E 120*02. 412'
The ship was quite large at 9723 tons, 146.9 metres in overall length and 19 metres wide. The engines were two steam powered geared turbines (8300 shp) driving twin props. The steam came from 6 Kampon boilers; the engines provided a maximum speed of 17.5 knots.
Big groupers, schools of tuna and yellow fin, lion fish and scorpion fish live around this wreck. Two sea turtles live in the crumpled and folded metal of the superstructure.
The Irako is the deepest wreck we have here and is suitable only for the most competent divers. Often described as the 3 d's, she is Deep, Dark and dangerous. But it is defiantly worth conquering her!
This dive is best made at deck level while breathing 32% Nitrox for a 50% increase in allowable bottom time. Penetration of the interior would require 30% or 28% Nitrox depending on which deck level you wish to swim through.
Max depth: 43 meters on the bottom, deck level at 28 to 35 meters.
Recommended certification level: Advanced Open Water Diver, Deep Diver Specialty, Wreck Diver Specialty.