Scuba diving in Jake Seaplane
Jake Seaplanes, an impressive 320 ft long plane, was used by the Japanese during the WW2 and is now sitting on the ocean floor at the northern tip of Arakabesan Island. Nobody knows for sure how this plane found its way to the bottom. She is lying at an angle - the end of its right wing is the deepest point and the left wing tip is the shallowest. Both wings as well as one float and the cockpit are intact. The tail section and the right pontoon were ripped off and lie about 6m/20ft away from the main wreckage. It is a very popular location for night dives and it is a great place for underwater photographers.
When to go
Though available all year long, diving is the best between November and May. The average water temperature stays around 27C/80F throughout the year.
What to see
The wreck is surrounded with corals and divers have a chance to observe lots of different types of corals, including brain, table, lettuce, stag horn corals and a variety of soft corals and sponges. Large schools of glassfish, octopus, giant puffer fish, trevallies and triggerfish can be seen around this site.
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