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History Of Kuching WWII Japanese Wreck

Kuching has the best of both worlds. It is a modern city with strong community ties; it enjoys a diversity of culture, religion and history. Kuching is located on the lower section of western Borneo, it is the state capital of Sarawak, Malaysia. It was once ruled by the "White Rajahs" from 1841 to 1946 and later became a British colony. During the Second World War (WWII), it was occupied by the Japanese from 1941-1945.

Before Christmas 1941, just weeks after Pearl Harbor, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) set sail for Kuching as part of their plan to take control of Borneo. As Borneo stood on the main sea routes between Java, Sumatra, Malaya and Celebes, it was vital for the Japanese to secure this territory. The Japanese fleet came from Miri, the northern town of Sarawak and Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina. News of the invasion was received by the Dutch and their submarine division was deployed from Tarakan, North Kalimantan to intercept the Japanese fleet.

On the 23rd of December 1941, the Dutch submarine division under the command of KX-IV found the Japanese invasion fleet assembling off the coast of Santubong outside of Kuching. According to historical maritime records, a total of five ships were sunk but only three are known today which are Katori Maru, Hiyoshi Maru and Sagiri. The whereabouts of Katori Maru and Hiyoshi Maru has been passed down through generations of local fisherman and anglers while Sagiri was only discovered recently. Today, all the three wrecks serve as an underwater home to a wide variety of pelagic fish species.

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Adventure Dive

 

 

Wreck Adventure (2 dives)
RM 450 per pax

Dive Gear Rental
RM 120 per pax

Prices may vary depends on mode of payment as extra cost may be incurred.

 

 

• Min. 2 pax
• All bookings must be made 48 hours in advance
• Ex-jetty PMSC jetty at Santubong village
• Incusive - drinking water, boat transfer, guide, weights and belt.

 


 

General Information

Best time to dive the wreck is from April to September

The boat ride from Santubong takes about 1hr 15min

 

 

Sample Itinerary

08:15 Meet at jetty
08:30 Depart for Wreck site
10:00 Dive 1 (45 mins)
10:45 Surface Interval
12:15 Dive 2 (45 mins)
13:00 Depart Island
14:00 Arrive Santubong Time schedule may change due to tide or weather condition.

 

 
         
     
 

katori maru
Hiyoshi Maru

Katori Maru
WWII Shipwreck

Katori Maru is the most visited wreck in Kuching by divers from all around. On a good day, Katori Maru can be seen from the surface sitting upright at the bottom. The wreck is about 150m long and 20m wide with a maximum depth of 21m.

Upon descending to the deck at 12m, swamp of chromies can be seen like bees on a wide flower bed. As you swim inside the structure, you will be moving from one small section to another, passing by collapsed structures and mechanical parts that are covered by hard corals. There also plenty of marine life to entertain divers. Fusiliers and yellow tailed snappers come and go in groups while the bigger red snappers dash away as you get nearer. Outside, small schools of barracudas keep an eye on divers while batfish happily joins in for the dive. On the sandy bottom at 21m deep, groupers stay guard near the walls hoping you do not see them while they wait for lunch to cross their path.

Depth
21m bottom - 16m deck

Diver Rating
Advanced Open Water

Interest
Historical wreck. Whole structure still intact.
Baraccuda, teira batfish, yellowtail snapper, fusilier, lobster, turtle, baraccuda, rabbitfish and stingray.

Hazard
Current can be strong at time and visibility may dop

 

Katori Maru

Hie (Hiyoshi) Maru
WWII Shipwreck

Not far from Katori Maru lies Hie Maru where you will find a total contrast. The wreck is scattered over a vast area, at 21m deep with only a few object still standing tall such as part of the mast. The feeling of diving at Hie Maru is like going into a departmental store where you move from one section to another checking out the latest design but the only difference here is that, it is a WWII shipwreck. If you look carefully among the debris, cannon shells are scattered everywhere on what is seems to be the deck. Some of the shells have been fired and some not, so it is best not to touch any. During the month of July, adult sized spiny lobsters can be found at the opening of cracks and crevices. On normal days, nudibranchs will be scaling the bottom while jacks and barracudas patrol the reef from above.

Depth
Bottom 22m

Diver Rating
Advanced Open Water

Interest
Historical wreck, barracuda, yellowtail snapper, teira batfish, black coral, sun coral, nudibranch and grouper.

Hazard
Current can be strong at time and visibility may dop

 

Sagiri

Sagiri
WWII Shipwreck (Destroyer)

Sagiri is a dive preferably for experienced divers simply because it is 31m deep with no multi levels to average out the depth. With less sunlight, the lack of visibility is not a comfort to the less experienced diver. The wreck structure has been torn apart monsoon after monsoon.

Depth
Bottom 22m

Diver Rating
Advanced Open Water with at least 50 log dives

Interest
Historical wreck, canon, guns and ammunition

Hazard
Current can be strong at time and visibility may dop

 

Other Wrecks In Kuching

TK Wreck
Artificial wreck

Illegal fishing trawler from China that was caught by the Marine Department and sank as artificial reef

Maximum Depth: 25m

Diver Rating: Advanced Open Water

Interest: Artificial wreck and schooling fish

Hazard: Current can be strong at time and visibility may dop

 

Barge Wreck
Commercial ship

No historical data available

Maximum Depth: 30m

Diver Rating: Advanced Open Water

Interest: Artificial wreck and schooling fish

Hazard: Current can be strong at time and visibility may dop

 

AP7
Artificial wreck

In Kuching, there are quite a few illegal fishing trawlers that has been confiscated by the Marine Department and sank later, as artificial reef

Maximum Depth: 21-25m

Diver Rating: Advanced Open Water

Interest:Artificial wreck and schooling fish

Hazard:Current can be strong at time and visibility may dop

 

 

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