MDI Divers

East Tangat Gunboat

East Tangat wreck sunk on the 24th of September 1944 that was believed to be either a tugboat or an anti-submarine craft. This happened during the World War II. This shipwreck is 40 meters or 130 feet long and 500 gross tons. The wreck lies listing to starboard down a sandy slope with the stern at 22 meter or 72 feet. The top of the bow at 10 feet points at 320 degrees (compass bearing).

East Tangat wreck has a good visibility. The wreck dive here is recommended for beginners unlike any other wreck dive sites in Palawan. This is because East Tangat Wreck has a very good shallow water that is also enough to be enjoyed by the snorkelers. The site is also good for novices, underwater photographers and writers. On the other hand, allocentrics and adventurous divers could possibly not find the experience they are searching for in this dive site. These people prefer deeper water and sometimes strong currents.

On the wreck, you can find a few corals, both soft and hard, and there are some large lettuce corals beside the East Tangat wreck. It has been a home for many aquatic animals and a very good marine life. There you can see schools of small angelfish, butterflyfish specifically the Copperband butterfly fish, white sponges and many more. Sea stars and crinoids are rarely seen.

Location: Close to the southwest side of Tangat Island, Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Main Attraction: Wreck diving, snorkeling
Average depth: 10 meters or 33 feet
Maximum depth: 22 meters or 72 feet
Condition: Mild to strong currents