Explore the shallow-water plane wreck of a WWII era P-57 Thunderbolt located off the Mokulua Islands (more specifically, Moku’iki) near Lanikai beach and Bellows AFB.
If you are already paddling to the Mokulua Islands, this adventure is a great way to cap off your kayaking or paddling trip.
|GPS Coordinates||N21° 22.914′ W157° 41.949′|
|Time:||45min-1hr from either Mokulua Islands or Lanikai|
|Best time:||No wind, no swell, high water visibility|
This paddle/adventure is only recommended if there is almost no wind, no swell, & water visibility is high.
Please do not attempt to try to swim out to the site, use a kayak, SUP, or outrigger canoe to get there.
There are 2 ways to easily get to the wreck site (The map shows both!):
- Launch from one of the beach accesses in Lanikai or Lanikai Beach.
- Go from the Mokulua Islands.
Check out my other adventure for more in-depth directions of how to get out to the Mokulua Islands from Lanikai Beach.
It is difficult to find & sits nestled in a reef so I highly advise anyone attempting to find the wreck to use GPS coordinates.
N21° 22.914′ W157° 41.949′
- SUP / Kayak / Outrigger Canoe
- A life jacket or PFD
- Mask, Snorkel, Fins
- Phone or other GPS device
- Anchor and rope
- Dive Buoy & Flag
Cautions & Hazards
Wind & Swell
The wind is a major factor on the east side of Oahu.
Usually the wind affects the amount of surf and swell on the east side of Oahu. So…
Besides being dangerous, it will also make it incredibly difficult to find the crash site.
Please check the wind before heading to try to find the wreck.
Besides making it nearly impossible to find the wreck, poor water visibility in the water will mean that you won’t be able to explore the wreck much even if you do find it.
The crash site is located on a reef so if you paddle out there & leave your watercraft to snorkel then it will drift away.
There can be a strong current out there.
Prepare for that or have one person stay above water & manage the watercrafts.