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Y0-257
 
Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : South
Depth : 80-100 feet
Access : Boat
Location : South Shore
Visibility : 50 - 100ft
Level : Beginner - Advanced
Sealife : Shipwreck, eels, turtles and huge schools of reef fish
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
The YO-257 was a Navy yard oiler built in the 1940's. It was bought by Atlantis Submarines Hawaii and sunk as an artificial reef off Waikiki in 1989. The ship rests upright in 100 feet of water with the main deck about 85 feet. It has been prepared for diving with many large access holes cut through the structure. It is the home of many colorful fish. Moray eels may be found around the wreck. Wave to the Atlantis submarine as it passes by on its tour. Visibility is normally 100+ feet. There is sometimes a strong current at the surface, which eases as you approach the wreck. A decent line is always rigged to mooring buoys on the wreck. The typical dive profile is 90 feet for 20 minutes. The YO-257 is one of the south shores more popular boat dives. In 1996, a new ship, the San Pedro, was sunk within 50 yards of the YO-257 as an additional dive attraction.


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Reviewed By: Terry Sazama, Oahu on April 08,2013 (rating 5/5)
Fun, memorable dive. Lots of fish, large turtle, Moray eel. Two submarines loaded with viewers went between the two ships while we were hanging out. That was terrific - we divers were part of the show! Highly recommend this dive.
Visibility: 70 ft Access: Boat Skill level: Intermediate

Reviewed By: Matt D, Oahu on December 11,2012 (rating 5/5)
Had an awesome dive here with Kaimana Divers and really enjoyed the two wrecks in one dive and lots of superstructure for fish to hang out in. Very fishy, huge turtle, frog fish, octopus.
Visibility: 50 Access: Boat Skill level: Intermediate

Reviewed By: David Blackmore, Oahu on November 28,2011 (rating 5/5)
Fantastic dive, Went through Diveohao, very nice people, water was warm, saw alot of fish, mora eel, turtle, swam through the wreak, max depth we hit was 95' Beautiful, need to try this dive.
Visibility: 100Feet Access: Boat Skill level: Intermediate

Reviewed By: Rory Moak, Oahu on June 21,2011 (rating 5/5)
Aftern descending the bouy, we were greeted by several large turtles and an abundance of local reef fish. Several beginner penetration areas for wreck divers, bottoming out at a 120'-130' seafloor (deck around 85'-90'. Saw a frog fish, and an eel chillin in a porthole. Not a beginner dive, as it's past the open water recreation depth, but definatley worth the visit. Coming out was met with STRONG current, so be ready for quick shifts in current.
Visibility: 100+ Access: Boat Skill level: Intermediate

Reviewed By: Paul, Oahu on February 22,2010 (rating 5/5)
What a dive! 80-100 visibility. Great wreck dive. Must be one of the world's top ten! Just watch out for the submarine!
Visibility: 80-100 ft Access: Boat Skill level: Intermediate

Reviewed By: Mike P, Oahu on February 22,2010 (rating 5/5)
Great dive. Visibility less than on other days. Somewhat hazey. Super dive for AOW Deep or Wreck. Saw a shark, octopus, turtles, spotted eagle rays, tons of fish. Do this dive before you leave the island.
Visibility: 50 ft + Access: Boat Skill level: Intermediate

Reviewed By: Scott, Oahu on February 22,2010 (rating 5/5)
Great dive.
Visibility: 70 ft + Access: Boat Skill level: Beginner