Dive for WWII Wrecks

A Little Bit of HistoryOahu

O‘ahu’s coastal waters serve as the final resting place for a number of SHIPWRECKED NAVY VESSELS and and downed fighter planes.

MAHI WAI‘ANAE , a 165-foot U.S. Navy minesweeper, was built in 1939 for WWII service. It can be found 90 feet underwater, a short distance from WAI‘ANAE HARBOR . It was sunk in 1982 to create an artificial reef.

The Corsair fighter plane crashed into the ocean in 1945. It now lies in waters off the east side of O‘ahu.

YO-257 was a Navy refueling vessel that served in WWII and in the Korean and Vietnam wars. It was sunk in 1989 just outside Diamond Head State Park.

In all, there are 10 sites like these that have become accessible scuba diving sites teeming with marine life. Contact a local dive shop for excursion details.

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