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Corsair Plane
 
Island Name : Oahu
Dive Zone : South
Depth : 107 feet
Access : Boat
Location : South Shore
Visibility : 100 feet
Level : Advanced
Sealife : Green Sea Turtles, Rays, White Tip Reef Sharks, Sponges, Anglerfish
Water Temperature : 70/75 F, 21/24 C from November to April
75/80 F, 24/27 C from May to October
The pilot of this Corsair ran out of fuel on a training mission in 1946 and ditched his aircraft. Luckily for us it was on a perfectly calm day and had created one of the islands original wrecks. It settled intact in 107 feet of water. The white sand bottom reflects plenty of light in waters that have rarely less than 100 feet of visibility. With the tips of its blades bent back from the impact, the propeller settled into the sand up to its shaft, while the aft landing hook and taxi wheel is still fully exposed, encrusted with a brilliant orange sponge. The port wing is buried almost to the fuselage, but the starboard one remains accessible to the marine community. A large Antler Coral has established itself just behind the open cockpit, with schools of tropicals swimming the oasis amidst an oceanic desert. Green sea turtles, reef sharks and eagle rays also visit this artificial reef for shelter and to seek food. Besides the depth, the main drawback is the strong current that picks up within three hours of the tidal shift.


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Reviewed By: Greg MacDonald, Oahu on September 19,2012 (rating 4/5)
I dove this thinking it was unique despite some lukewarm descriptions from the dive shop staff. They implied that there's not much there or 'once you've seen it'...... But I have to say it was a very interesting experience dropping down below the boast and having the plane take shape. I thought it was well worth it. The plane is in good condition despite the years. The area behind the cockpit where the siding has faded away makes for good shelter and a kind of fish tank. Plus, check for the rumored resident eel but you can lower yourself into the open cockpit for a photo. This is listed as an advanced dive given the depth and of course regular care goes along with that. But I think the ability to conserve your air and therefore your bottom time is most of it. I don't think they go out when the conditions are rough and you can use the mooring line to descend. Bottom line, I really enjoyed it and am very glad I went. It made for great photos and lots of story telling afterward.
Visibility: 50' (highly variable though) Access: boat Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

Reviewed By: Robin Byrd, Oahu on July 05,2012 (rating 5/5)
Amazing!! This was an awesome dive!! The visiblity is truly 100 ft plus. There are all kinds of cool looking and colorful fish that hang around here. This is a dive that allows you to feel connected to those that were preparing to fight for us and our freedom, and what kind of situations and dangers that they face. Also, it is just beautiful to see. The only draw back to this area is that you can't stay long enough due to the amount of air you have left. Great dive!!!
Visibility: 100 ft plus Access: boat Skill level: Advanced