Connect with us


Taking on Truk: The Fujikawa Maru (Watch Video)



In the first of three videos from their recent trip to Truk Lagoon, Richard and Hayley from Black Manta Photography share this incredible footage of the wreck of the Fujikawa Maru.

The Fujikawa Maru is readily accessible to divers, and one of the more shallow wrecks in Truk Lagoon. You’ll find the top of her superstructure a few metres under the surface, with her 133m long structure sitting upright in only 35m of water.

The Fujikawa was used as an aircraft supply freighter throughout the war efforts, and had in fact just unloaded 30 Jill torpedo bombers onto Eten Island airfield when she was struck by a single torpedo during the attack of ‘Operation Hailstone’. She was still carrying four Zero fighters, and a host of aircraft parts.

You really are spoilt diving the wreck of the Fujikawa – best covered over two dives to uncover the treasures this impressive wreck has to offer, as taking your time is a must!

The guts of the wreck reveal a series of gantrys that house huge walls of switches and valves, along with gauges, a telephone and the all too famous ‘R2-D2’ compressor – affectionately named after the Star Wars robot due to the two dials on the face of the machine that resemble two popping robotic eyes.

The vast holds hide an array of aeroplane parts that MacGyver would have a field day with, and in amongst the dozens of spare propellers, plane fuselages, and wheels you are rewarded with four Japanese fighter planes – the remnants of paint still visible but fully intact, and a perfect insight into the cockpit displaying the dials and levers, with the frame of the seat still in place.

The assortment of items resemble a military garage sale, and you can get lost on the number of ammunition shells and bullets strewn around, but most impressive must be an entire cargo hold full of beer bottles – thousands and thousands of them!

However, it’s up on deck that you become really impressed by the creative work of Mother Nature. The decks and masts are awash with corals and giant table anemones, and the two old English Vickers Armstrong 6 inch guns that sit on the deck are generously decorated with so many options of colours and types of coral that you forget you are looking at a ‘thing of war’.

The crossbar to the impressive king-posts is a marine micro city for a myriad of marine creatures, and if you time the dive right to complete your safety stop as day is turning to dusk, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful scene of soft coral bathing in the low sunlight that will be hard to beat!

Most certainly one of our favourite wrecks of the trip, and in all honesty the two dives and 160 mins spent underwater just didn’t seem enough – we really could have dived her all week and never been bored…

For more from Richard and Hayley visit

Richard Stevens is a keen underwater videographer and half of the team at Black Manta Photography with his partner Hayley. He is a qualified TEC50 and sidemount diver who has been diving for nearly 15 years with hundreds of dives in varied locations around the world. A keen marine conservationist, with a passion for large pelagic marine animals, Richard has studied marine biology and spent time studying the ecology of sharks. Richard also has a huge ‘lust for rust’ and a burning desire to delve into the world of cave diving. Armed with his camera, his aim is to inspire others to witness the marvels in our beautiful oceans for themselves.

Gear News

Gear Maintenance Episode 4: Backplate and Harness Sponsored by Dive Rite (Watch Video)



Welcome to Gear Maintenance! In this episode I’m showing you how to bring an old, tattered backplate and harness back to life and giving you tips on how you can look after your scuba diving gear.

If you want to support Divers Ready! (for free!) support our sponsor for this series of videos: Dive Rite

To enter to win the XT Lite Backplate and Basic Harness from Dive Rite, you need to:

  1. Subscribe to Divers Ready! if you haven’t already:
  1. Enter the contest here:

When a scuba diver switches from a jacket BCD to a Backplate, Harness and Wing system, it can be very hard to switch back! We’ve packed this video full of hints and tips covering storage, protection, cleaning and maintenance to help you protect the investment you’ve made in your dive equipment.

Good luck to everyone! D.S.D.O James

Subscribe here:

Continue Reading


Liquid Sports announce NEW colours of Hollis F1 LT Fin now in stock



Liquid Sports has announced that the NEW Colours of the Hollis F1 LT fin are now in stock at LS warehouse and ready to ship.

Already available in Grey, the NEW White & Yellow Hollis F1 LT fins have the following features:

• Short blade for easier finning in confined spaces
• Angled strap mounts for comfort & a better transition of power
• Spring heel straps with easy-grip heel tab
• Multiple strap mounting positions for a fine tuned fit
• Vented blade reduces stress while accelerating water over blade
• Generous foot pocket

F1 LT Yellow RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2207.xx 

F1 LT White RRP £139.95 – Product code: 214.2211.xx 

For more information visit the Liquid Sports website by clicking here.

Continue Reading

E-Newsletter Sign up!


Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

More Less

Instagram Feed

Facebook Feed

Facebook Pagelike Widget