Piti "Bombholes"/The Aquarium

Piti "Bombholes"/The Aquarium
Guam
Pacific

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Site Review by
 Bill Stohler
Date: 10/31/2007

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Stohler Entry:    1.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Honolulu Reef:    4.00
State:   HI Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   20 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   2480 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.68
This is probably the most accessible 'safe' dive site on Guam other than Gab Gab on the Naval base. Nice public park with outdoor showers and restrooms. The walk over the shallow reef is long and somewhat tedious (and hot)...the bomb holes are more accurately called bomb craters. There are hundreds of large bomb craters starting just a few feet beneath the surface, with the deepest ending at the base of the Aquarium around 30 feet deep or so and the shallowest only a few feet deep. Judging by the size of the craters (and my experience with WWII-era ordnance on Kaho`olawe, Hawaii), I'd say that the majority of craters were made by at least 1,000-pound bombs or more than one 500-pound bomb. It is my understanding that these craters were created during the U.S.-lead liberation of Guam from Japanese occupying forces during WWII. Many of the beaches along Guam still contain ordnance and ordnance-related remnants. [If you like your fingers and toes, refrain from picking up anything metal from the water.] The shallow craters are somewhat annoying (up, into, then up and over). The best crater is the largest, at the Aquarium. Anemones, jack, clownfish, and lots of others (including people in the aquarium) make this the most interesting part of the dive. I tried to make it past the barrier reef, but it's very far out, and I tired long before reaching deeper waters. Recommended for beginners through advanced divers who are in relatively good shape and need a good workout!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    2.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2006
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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