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The Palawan lies on a sandy bottom with plenty of debris and well covered in corals.

Name Dive Site:Palawan
Depth: 98-114ft (30-35m)
Visibility: 9-19ft (3-6m)
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The Palawan was built as a Liberty Ship in Maryland and launched in August of 1944 and removed from service in 1947. She only saw a short time in the Navy and then sat docked for many years. The California Department of Fish & Game acquired her in 1977, had her scraped and then had the U.S. Navy sink her as an artificial reef.

The Palawan now sits upright about 1 mile off the Redondo Beach Jetty at about 110' deep. She was a large ship, 441' x 57' and even after the years and being scrapped there is still much to see. Visibility on average is about 10' and on good days it can get 20' plus. When diving the Palawan you must be aware of hazards like fishing line and of course your bottom time.

More about California wreck diving, please visit the California Wreck Divers (CWD) website along with another excellent resource, the book Shipwrecks of Southern California by Bonnie J. Cardone and Patrick Smith.



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