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Diving the Corsair Wreck

By Ocean Concepts

Depth: 107 feet

Bottom Time: 15 Minutes

Visibility: more than 100 feet

Sealife: Green Sea Turtles, Rays, White Tip Reef Sharks, Sponges, Anglerfish

In 1946 a Corsair Pilot ran out of fuel on a training mission, and ditched his aircraft on a perfectly calm day - creating 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 opne cockpit, with schools of tropicals swimming the oasis admist an oceanic desert. Besides the depth, the main drawback is the strong current rhat picks up within three hours of the tidal shift.

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