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“Nice Wreck with Big Animals”

Ranked #18 of 29 things to do in Virgin Gorda
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Owner description: Though remote, the wreck of this 246-foot Korean refrigerator ship is full of marine life.
New York
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139 reviews
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“Nice Wreck with Big Animals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 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 is the rough, ocean crossing - don't go if you have a weak stomach.

Visited May 2012
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Austin, Texas
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“One of our best dives - ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 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 mooring line). The penalty for a miss is significant. There is nothing but open ocean for many miles in every direction.

The first challenge is finding the wreck. The chart plotters on most yachts and various maps provide inaccurate positions. The second challenge is braving the current, which was quite strong the day we dove. One of our divers had his fin ripped off by the current while holding the downline and gave up before the dive started. Once down though, the dive was phenomenal. The ship is in magnificent condition and attracts tons of life, including some decent-sized black tipped reef sharks, an enormous lionfish, and loads of other life. Despite strong currents visibility was the best we experienced in the BVI. We captured amazing video which was the highlight of our trip.

Visited September 2012
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Dayton, Wyoming
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153 reviews
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“UNBELIEVABLE DIVE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 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 Lionfish. We saw the biggest stingray we have ever seen, about 6 feet across. A beautiful big spotted eagle ray swam with us for most of the dive and we saw the giant sea turtle that lives there. The wreck is is the middle of the sea, with only one mooring ball, so unless its very calm its not safe to dive here. we got lucky that day and it was an unbelievable dive!

Visited March 2012
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South Carolina
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“Beautiful dive site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 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.

Visited January 2012
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New York
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139 reviews
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“Really unique dive site for the BVI”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 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 and the sheer size of the wreck in the middle of nothing is really impressive. As the years go by, there is more coral and small sea life attracted to this artificial reef near nothing else. Hard to photograph due to scale.

Visited February 2011
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