Dive Site: Wreck of the Sun, Ashmore Reef, PNG

Giant anchors lie on the reef top at Ashmore Reef at the Wreck of the Sun dive site on Ashmore Reef, Papua New Guinea PNG aboard the MV Golden Dawn Coral Sea Liveaboard

Site Overview

Site Type: Wreck and wall
Depth: Top: 4MMedian: 8MBottom: 50M
Location: The Wreck of The Sun lies at the North Eastern tip of Ashmore Reef

Description

A treasure wreck, the Sun from 1826 sits on the reef top near a vertical wall. Two huge anchors, two smaller anchors, two cannon and artefacts litter the reef top and coral reef. There is an excellent wall dive adjacent the wreck with good gutters and reef fish. Silver treasure was salvaged from the wreck back in 1891 by Frank Jardine.

Map showing location of Ashmore Reef and Eastern Fields at Papua New Guinea, aboard the MV Golden Dawn, Coral Sea Liveaboard

Giant anchors lie on the reef top, after nearly 200 years they are becoming part of the reef.

Giant anchors lie on the reef top at Ashmore Reef, aboard the MV Golden Dawn, Coral Sea Liveaboard.

Foam from a breaking wave washes over the wreck

Foam from a breaking wave washes over the wreck at Ashmore Reef, aboard the MV Golden Dawn, Coral Sea Liveaboard.

A cannon intact sits on the bottom.

A cannon sits on the bottom at Ashmore Reef, aboard the MV Golden Dawn, Coral Sea Liveaboard

Part of the reef grotto near the wreck

A reef grotto near the wreck at Ashmore Reef, aboard the MV Golden Dawn, Coral Sea Liveaboard.

The whole area is rich hard corals all in pristine condition.

Rich hard corals in the area at Ashmore Reef, aboard the MV Golden Dawn. Scuba dive holiday, travel planning tips for PNG - where, when, who and how

Thanks to Bob Halstead for the photos and description.