Wreck diving is a fantastic experience, where you are able to see history as it was left behind, as well as the effects of nature taking over. When you go wreck diving, you will probably be able to see relics left behind when the ship sank, such as:
- Old medical supplies like syringes and medicine bottles
- Personal belongings like mirrors and combs and even wellington boots
- Military equipment like bullets and cannons
There is also nothing more interesting than visiting the rooms of the wrecks, where you can still see how they would have been used, like a bakery, captain’s quarters, kitchen or dining hall for example.
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Wreck Diving Tips and Tricks
Wreck diving is a different type of dive. Generally, you can dive for extended periods of time, as a boat will take you to the wreck and a rope will be attached to the wreck or a bouy close to the wreck This means that there is no need for you to conserve around half of your air for the way back.
Many people do advise that you bring underwater lighting, as many of the areas in wrecks are very dark and you can get extremely disoriented. With some wrecks, certain areas are only accessible to the more experienced divers so it is important to first research the wrecks you intend on visiting.
Best Wreck Diving In The World
There are thousands of wreck dives that you could do all over the world. When you are thinking of a wreck dive, you may want to think first of what kind of wreck interests you: a military ship, a commercial ferry or a passenger liner for example.
Some of the best wreck dives are:
The Blackjack on Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea. This was a B17 military bomber produced by Boeing. It is still completely intact and you can still see the seats and the cockpit for example. Nature has taken over and a variety of fish and coral have taken up residence on this airplane.
Fujikawa Maru in Truk, Micronesia This area is the place to go for anybody that enjoys wreck diving. It is the area where over 60 shipwrecks can be found as well as many sunken airplanes. These were all part of the Japanese armada that was attacked in 1944.
The best wreck is possibly the Fujukawa Maru, which lies in very shallow waters meaning it is accessible even for less experienced divers. You may even be able to find ancient sake bottles in this area. If you are lucky, you may also be able to see several grey reef sharks.
The USS Oriskany in Pensacola, Florida. This is officially the largest artificial reef in the world, as the USS Oriskany is a 900 foot carrier that served in both Korea and Vietnam. This ship was sunk on purpose as part of a pilot programme to create artificial reefs and proved to be a great success
The famous wreck of the Thistlegorm Many divers come to Sharm El Sheik to dive this wreck. Diving Sharm El Sheikh is not complete with a dive or 2 on this wreck.
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The wreck was discovered by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in the early 1950's and is now one of the highlights of a dive trip to Sharm El Sheik. The ship can be dived quite easy, but it is recommended to be at least advanced certified.
There are countless other wrecks that you may interested in diving too, but these have to be some of the best, accessible and interesting for both amateur and experienced divers. I am sure we missed a few. Please let us know which ones we should add to the list.
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Rutger Thole is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, (wreck) dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.