Dive Site: The Zero Fighter Wreck

Along fuselage with diver diving The Zero at Walindi Resort PNG by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Aircraft Wreck
Depth: Top: 14MMedian: 14MBottom: 14M
Location: West of Kimbe Bay very close to the coast

Description

The Zero Wreck was only discovered in 2000, and is still almost completely intact. It is though the pilot was coming in to land, but didn’t quite make it and so ditched within swimming distance of the shore.

Propeller diving The Zero at Walindi Resort PNG by Diveplanit

Sitting in fine sand, good buoyancy control is essential.

Cockpit diving The Zero at Walindi Resort PNG by Diveplanit

There’s plenty to admire from the top: lots of juveniles and even an anemone just behind the cockpit.

Lewis at cockpit diving The Zero at Walindi Resort PNG by Diveplanit

There’s also a small reef in the shallows to the immediate south of the wreck, again with juveniles.

Juvenile batfish diving The Zero at Walindi Resort PNG by Diveplanit

As well as nudibranchs, pipefish and the almost mandatory clownfish.

False clownfish diving The Zero at Walindi Resort PNG by Diveplanit

Interesting all the flat areas of the plane are covered in exactly the same coating coral or sponge, as that of the nearby reefs, but with an uncharacteristically evenly spaced geometrical pattern.

Pattern on the fuselage diving The Zero at Walindi Resort PNG by Diveplanit

The plane itself has strange attraction: this once powerful, fast and noisy killing machine that belongs high in the sky, is now grounded, sitting stationary and silent on the sea floor.