Kawanashi “Mavis” Seaplane (Japan)

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1942 saw the Imperial Japanese forces set up their seaplane recon and fighter bases in the Tulagi Harbour. Gavutu and Tanabago islands were established as the home port for the majestic Kawanashi (Mavis) Seaplanes. Prior to the US Marines arriving on the 7th of August 1942, the US Navy conducted an aerial attack on Gavutu to eliminate the seaplane squadrons moored there. As a result, several Kawanishi reconnaissance / VIP transport aircraft, were sunk.  It is said that around 7 of these aircraft were sunk this day, however, there is only the one that remains intact and diveable. She lies in 24 -30m of water and is large enough to keep you occupied for an entire non-decompression dive and more. Due to its proximity to the shore and nearby estuaries, the visibility at times can be cloudy.

Divers pose on the Kawanashi seaplane.

Divers pose on the Kawanashi seaplane.

Looking forward towards the flight deck between the starboard (righthand) engines of the Japanese Kawanashi (Mavis) Seaplane.

Looking forward towards the flight deck between the starboard (righthand) engines of the Japanese Kawanashi (Mavis) Seaplane.