Discover the Mysterious Depths of the Sea Tiger

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Article by Ken Goetz, SCUBA diving instructor, Rainbow Scuba Hawaii

Sea Tiger Shipwreck Honolulu, HI

Secrets of the Deep: Explore the Sea Tiger

Exploring the intentionally sunk, Sea Tiger Shipwreck. Located in 120 feet of water, the Sea Tiger wreck is the deepest recreational scuba diving site in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 189-foot ship offers certified scuba divers an exciting and thrilling experience as they explore its cargo holds, inner cabins, engine room, narrow passageways, and stairwells.

Divers ascending mooring line on Sea Tiger

The Sea Tiger’s Interesting History

The Sea Tiger shipwreck did not meet its fate through a dramatic pirate attack or storm but rather through an intentional sinking. In 1992, the ship was caught smuggling 93 illegal Chinese immigrants and was seized by the Justice Department. The ship was eventually bought by the Voyager Submarines in 1997. It was sunk after a long process of paperwork and cleanup.

In conclusion, the Sea Tiger shipwreck is the most popular diving spot in Honolulu. It attracts scuba divers from around the world who are looking for a unique and thrilling underwater experience. Join Rainbow Scuba Hawaii on an adventure to the Sea Tiger shipwreck!

Scuba diver exploring inside Sea Tiger

A Haven for Marine Life

The Sea Tiger shipwreck is a hub of marine life activity. Therefore, schools of blue-line snapper and mackerel are often found on the wreck, and reef sharks and rays are common sightings. The shipwreck also attracts several sea turtles, which can often be found about the deck.

FAQ Scuba diving

Where is the sea tiger wreck on Oahu?

The Sea Tiger wreck is located off the south shore of Oahu, Hawaii, near Honolulu. It is situated between the Kewalo Pipe reef and the YO-257 wreck. The exact GPS coordinates are 21.2838° N, 157.8429° W.

Related question:

How did the sea tiger sink?

The Sea Tiger was intentionally sunk for the now defunked Voyager Submarine as the highlight of their tour. The wreck is located at GPS coordinates 21°16.807 N, 157°51.572 W

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The Sea Tiger shipwreck located off the south shore of Oahu, Hawaii. This popular dive site is situated between the Kewalo Pipe reef and the YO-257 wreck, making it a must-visit spot for diving enthusiasts. The Sea Tiger was once a Chinese fishing vessel before it was seized by the United States for smuggling people. It was then sunk intentionally in 1999 to become an artificial reef and a dive site. The wreck is now home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, sharks, and octopuses. The shipwreck is approximately 150 feet long and rests in about 120 feet of water, providing a fun dive for experienced divers. The Sea Tiger wreck is located at GPS coordinates 21°16.807 N, 157°51.572 W, making it easy to locate. Visibility at the site is generally good, with clear water providing excellent opportunities for underwater photography. If you're planning a dive trip to Honolulu, be sure to add the Sea Tiger wreck to your list of must-visit dive sites. It's a unique and exciting opportunity to explore a sunken ship and see a wide variety of marine life up close.

5 reasons to scuba dive at Sea Tiger shipwreck

Sea Tiger shipwreck, Why you should dive it
  • Here are the best 5 reasons why
    1. Unique underwater experience: The Sea Tiger shipwreck offers a unique underwater experience to explore a sunken vessel.
    2. Abundant marine life: The shipwreck serves as an artificial reef, attracting a variety of marine life such as colorful fish, octopus, and sea turtles.
    3. Unique underwater structure: The Sea Tiger is a relatively intact shipwreck, making it an interesting underwater structure to explore.
    4. Clear water visibility: The clear water visibility at the Sea Tiger shipwreck allows for excellent views of the shipwreck and the surrounding marine life.
    5. Best Site for night dives: The Sea Tiger is a great spot for night diving, as divers can see the different marine creatures that come out at night.

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In conclusion, Rainbow Scuba Hawaii takes certified scuba divers on an adventure through the Sea Tiger shipwreck. Our knowledgeable dive instructors will guide you through the ship, pointing out interesting features and marine life along the way. On our dive boat, the Stugots, we limit our group size to never more than 6 people onboard to ensure a safe and personalized experience.

For more information about our dive tours, see Honolulu scuba diving.