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Submitted By:
Shirley Schmidt

Submitter Comments:
Drive to the back of the cemetery to the beach and enter the water left of the pipeline. You will see some coral rocks above water, jutting out from the pipeline. Drop down there and then, until you get familiar with the area, I suggest you hug the reef line to the right. To the left will be a sandy channel with many coral pillars and formations that you can check out. At about 45 to 50 feet, start looking for a large shadow in this sandy channel, which will be the Amtrak. This personnel carrier sunk in WWII was part of the U.S. invasion force that stormed the island in 1944. Even if you don't find the Amtrak, the reef is quite beautiful and worth exploring. On the way back, you can ascend and dive the edge of the reef flats to your left.

Directions:
 This dive site is located down south in Agat on the back side of the cemetery.


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05/07/2010 Kirk Huff (Avg: 2.63 Review) - Note that 'Cemetery Wall' is the dive done from the boat that heads toward shore to see the Amtrak before turning around. I've never met anyone who has done the wall from the shore. Some call this dive 'Agat Cemetery'. Once you enter the water left of the pipeline head out past where the water breaks over the pipe and go due west. You're pretty much in a large canyon between coral almost the entire way and the only time someone generally familiar with the site will need to look at the compass is at the sand flats just before the Amtrak, though you could easily find it without a compass by bearing left and following the coral wall. This is a fine dive even if you never find the Amtrak, with a maze of canyons between coral walls, decent number of fish, and the odd anemone bed. With a bottom of about 55', if you dig, it's a nice dive to get rusty or newly certified divers comfortable in the water. The mouth of a small river is nearby so visibility can drop to 30' or less after rain and the 'Beer Gardens' of cans that drift to the bottom are the focus of cleanup divers at least twice a year. Still, every once in while you get a day of 100'+ viz and the dive becomes really special. One of the old reliables for Guam shore divers.

11/15/2009 Matthew (Avg: 3.00 Review) - Entrance to site is either side of the cemetery, but the south is less intrusive. Go to the pipe, but try to give the locals some room by parking close to the left of the pipe area. The walk out is a bit rough with varied levels of structure to cross. We followed the left side of the pipe out to the reef. Once you get to the reef expect the waves to increase and consider switching snorkel to reg. We headed a bit north of due west and looked for the sand and then went west. Found Amtrak immediately.

07/24/2008 Mike Little (Avg: 2.95 Review) - I was a little apprehensive of parking here as it was obviously a party site. There is a ton of trash everywhere on shore. Really sad actually. We went right after the rains, so the vis was not that great, only 35 or so. All in all it's a fun dive. Worth checking out. When walking out to the water, hug the right side of the pipe and the middle of the jetty. Easier sand that way. I suggest getting in 15 feet from the wave breaks, swimming 20 yards to the left then heading out to sea again. You can dive about 5-10 feet later.

06/22/2008 Kristina B. (Avg: 3.39 Review) - My husband and I dove this site but we didn't get to stay too long; his eyes were bothering him. I suppose we didn't go out far enough because we never found the Amtrak. There was still plant and animal life to see. Not any better or worse than any other site. On a side note I had some friends do a dive here, and when they returned their truck window was busted out and some items were stolen.

10/31/2007 Bill Stohler (Avg: 3.23 Review) - Yes, you park behind an actively used cemetery....we did get a few strange looks while gearing up at what is quite obviously a 'local's' place. Bit of a difficult entry and swim out...we did find the Amtrak with little difficulty. As usual, I was a bit overly enthusiastic in my quest to explore farther out...and nearly ran my less-experienced dive buddy out of air! Good dive!

08/23/2007 Andy Hill (Avg: 4.48 Review) - Mapped this site for my PADI Dive Master requirement. This is an EXCELLENT site for snorkelers, beginners and up. Plenty to see. Tons of different fish including eels and lionfish. I've also seen rays, sea cucumbers and a shark. Perfect dive for day or night. From the coral pillar near the end of the pipeline, take a heading of 270 degrees (due West) and, after about 20 minutes of easy diving, you get to the Amtrak. On your way back, take a heading about 20 degrees to your right. When you get to the coral, turn left and you'll pass by a beautiful wall of soft coral.

07/02/2006 Steve Porter (Avg: 4.12 Review) - For a shore dive this is going to throw you off, it's on the backside of a cemetery. Also the entry area looks like people party there, trash here and there...remember this is Guam not some 5 star resort. It's what you're going to make of it. If you stay on the left side of the pipe, the entry out to the drop zone is one of the best as far as shore dives go. The diving is great even if you don't find the Amtrak the first time out. If you don't have a stiffy to find Amtrak's, there are better shore dives to hit.


Dive Site Links:
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*  Dive Map for Cemetery -- Part 2 dive map from Andy Hill made for his Dive Master qualifications (500k)
*  Dive Map for Cemetery -- Part 1 dive map from Andy Hill made for his Dive Master qualifications (500k)
*  Dive Notes for Cemetery -- Notes from Andy Hill (600k)


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Diver Averages for  Amtrak and Cemetery Wall  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.43
Bottom Conditions:  3.86
Reef Conditions:  4.00
Animal Life:  3.57
Plant Life:  3.14
Facilities:  1.29
Solitude 3.29
Roads:  3.29
*Site Average:  3.40
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.57
Beginner Scuba:  3.71
Intermediate Scuba:  4.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.71
Night diving Scuba:  3.43

Number of reviews for this site: 7

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