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Wreck of the Chikuzen

Virgin Gorda
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Ranked #12 of 15 Attractions in Virgin Gorda
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: Though remote, the wreck of this 246-foot Korean refrigerator ship is full of marine life.
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
Owner description: Though remote, the wreck of this 246-foot Korean refrigerator ship is full of marine life.
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New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Goliath Grouper, reef shark, large schools of fish, 200 foot viz. Simply a super dive site. I was surrounded by a school of thousands (yes, thousands) of yellowtails while diving here and instead of swimming off, they swam WITH me. It was a real rush. This was just after swinmming with a Goliath Grouper that dwarfed me and just before... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

I have made several dives on this site over the years Dive BVI and never been disappointed. Whether it's dolphins putting on a show for us, Eagle Rays or fields of starfish it is always an exciting and fun dive. It takes some time to get there and the seas not always accommodating, but well worth it. If you have... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The Chikuzen is a large, intact refrigerator vessel that was once part of the Japanese fishing fleet out of St. Martin. The owners decided one day to set her on fire and let her sink at sea, rather than properly scrap her. Well, the Chikuzen almost went aground on Marina Key until local authorities brought her under control and were... More 

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New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I love the Chicuzen - one of the few places you can see big animals near Virgin Gorda - there are always lots of giant rays. The dive operations don't get to go out here much since the wreck is in the middle of nowhere. Upside is that it attracts great sea life and it's a huge, impressive wreck. Downside... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

The Chikuzen is amazing, if you are capable of diving it. This dive is not for the weak or inexperienced diver. This dive requires excellent communication and the ability to accurately swim against a current exceeding 2 knots for prolonged periods while navigating in potentially limited visibility with few or no landmarks to an extremely small, virtually camouflaged target (the... More 

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Dayton, Wyoming
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88 reviews 88 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

We lucked out and got to do this dive on a day when the seas were flat calm. so flat in fact that while my husband and I dove, the kids snorkels above us the entires time and could see us when we were down 70 feet. The Chickuzn is a fabulous dive, home to thousands of fish, including a... More 

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South Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

This wreck is in about 75 feet of very clear water. Saw 3 lionfish and lots of other reef fish. Went with Dive BVI. Highly recommended.

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New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
26 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

The Chikuzen is a wreck that you don't often get to dive. It's kind of mid sea with nothing around and they need really calm waters to get out there. If you are prone to sea sickness, beware, but I love this dive. I've gone 3 times. It's one of the few places in the BVI I've seen large animals... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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135 reviews 135 reviews
64 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

The wreck of the Chikuzen is an isolated wreck about 12 miles north of Tortola and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. It lies in about 75 feet of water, which is normally very clear. Because it is literally miles from anywhere, the wreck attracts a wide array of marine life. The wreck is approximately 270 feet in length,... More 

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München
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3 reviews 3 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2002

The Chikuzen is really a world class dive if the conditions are right for such a remote dive-site. We have beeen sailing in the BVIs in Nov 2002 and made 2 dives at the chikuzen: We saw many different kind of fishes in enormous quantity. We also meet 2 sharks about 6 feet away from us, circeling us for severel... More 

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