Sea Tiger and YO 257 Oil Rig


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January 19th 2013
Published: January 23rd 2013
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Oahu Dive 6. Sea Tiger.

6 am start we were the first ones on site. Viz was 200+ deep blue. Dive with Hector and Kyle. The Sea Tiger is 168 ft (some sources claim 189ft) of artificial reef, sunk in 1999. The main deck sits at around 80 feet, while the hull hits the sand at about 127 ft.

Originally named Yun Fong Seong No. 303, the ship was apprehended by the Honolulu Harbor Police carrying 93 illegal Chinese immigrants and became legend as Hawaii’s largest seizure of illegal immigrants. The name Sea Tiger came from one of the ship’s later owners, a Vietnamese fisherman. Voyager Submarines eventually bought the Sea Tiger and spent money and time getting her ready for her new home beneath the waves. This wreck never disappoints!. We did some shots on the bow and then we played with octos and turtles, and a white tip. Sandi did the same dive later during the day and saw a painted frogfish on the ladder at the port side. There was a school of blue stripped snappers swimming in S shape along the wreck. I only had 2500 psi in my tank so we left as soon
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as other divers came in.

Photo notes: it was a little dark for the camera to focus and the divers flash lights weren’t strong enough. The shots are not so bad considering I didn’t use lights to focus on. Next time Diver model needs to point light at me.

Log 513. No computer dive. 90ft 35min

We chilled at the Red..party boat for surface interval, pretty cool boat that anchors outside of Honolulu harbor and boats fetch tourist in and out from different hotels to go play out in the water. Visitors have plenty of water activities to choose from.

Oahu Dive 7. Oil Rig. YO 257

The YO 257 Oil rig used to deliver fuel in WWII. The Atlantic submarine group adquire it and sunk it in 1989 to make an artificial reef. The mooring line is on the stearn and the submarines sneak up behind you. It is recommended to do the dive in the morning because currents can get really strong in the afternoon.

The wreck sits at 115ft and it is awesome. We got better sun contrast but the current was ripping and didn’t make it to the 2nd wreck
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I didn't hear it until it was right behind me. It freaked me out! It was totally unexpected.
that sits along the side from it. There is an old turtle that lives on the smoke stack. I waited for my budies holding from the mooring chain like a flag. I let go to take a few shots and that is when the submarine approached from behind me I thought I was going to get swept into it. A bit freaky. I tried to take some photos and video from my holding point. I loved the wreck and would love to go back and re-shoot it. It felt like a quick dive.

Log 514. No computer dive. 50 ft 25min.


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