Some Terrific Shipwreck Sites for SCUBA Divers
Shipwrecks are some of the most thrilling dive sites for SCUBA divers, they attract lots of diverse marine life, and wrecks ocome with fascinating history. From former-WWI military vessels to luxury cruise liners, and such.
Below is a is list of shipwrecks that every SCUBA diver can and will enjoy, as follows:
1. USAT Liberty, Tulamben, Bali
This is 1 of the best and most popular wreck dives in the world be amazingly accessible and appropriate for even beginner SCUBA divers.
This US Army cargo ship was torpedoed by the Japanese and beached on Tulamben in Y 1942. An eruption from Mount Agung pushed the ship off the beach to its final resting place in Y 1963.
The Liberty’s location makes it one of the easiest dives in all of Bali. Just walk into the water from the shore of the pebbly beach in the village of Tulamben, swim several meters out, and you are there.
The wreck starts in roughly 8 meters of water, and because of its position on a slope of stunning black volcanic sand, continues down to roughly 30 meters. The wreck is 120-meters long and has many large open spaces which makes swimming through the wreck possible.
The remains are intact and covered in diverse marine life and coral. Soft coral, huge gorgonian fans, schools of hump head parrot fish, and a countless number of nudibranchs call the Liberty home
2. The Yongala, Australia
This is 1 of the best shipwreck dives off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It sank in Y 1911 due to a vicious cyclone that claimed the lives of all 122 men on aboard.
Because this 110-meter ship has spent over a 100 yrs underwater, it teems with marine life that’s typically not easy to find in 1 place.
SCUBA divers can see manta rays, sea snakes, octopus, groupers, barracuda, turtles, several shark species including bull and tiger sharks, large schools of fish, and lots of healthy corals.
The wreck sits at a maximum depth of 28-meters, making it an exciting site for experienced divers.
The Yongala is protected under the Historic Shipwreck Act, which means penetrating the wreck is not allowed.
3. SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu
This South Pacific wreck holds nothing back, as there’s so much to see that it is recommended to do more than 1 dive here.
At nearly 200 meters long and sitting at a depth between 21 – 73 meters, it is of the most amazing wrecks in the sea.
Built in Y 1931, the ship was originally designed as a luxury American cruise liner. In WWII it was converted into a military transport vessel.
Underwater mines brought The Coolidge down off the coast of Vanuatu in Y 1942. Guns, cannons, jeeps, and chandeliers can still be seen amongst the wreckage.
The most famous sights is in the dining saloon, it is a ceramic figure of a lady riding a Unicorn.
Moray eels, turtles, barracudas, and big schools of fish can be seen here, but the main attraction is definitely the wreck itself. And SCUBA divers can swim through large sections of the wreck.
4. Thistlegorm, Egypt
Meaning “Blue Thistle”, this British cargo vessel was attacked by German bombers during WWII and sank in Y 1941 near Sharm El-Sheikh.
At 131-meters long, this wreck sits in 2 pieces, as it split in half at the point of impact.
The wreck boasts some incredible artifacts like ammunition, motorbikes, trucks and more which can be viewed through the split hull.
It is possible to swim through the different holds of the ship and view the cargo and artifacts which are well preserved. Its depth, is around 30 meters and the water conditions makes this a site for experienced SCUBA divers only.
Trevallies, batfish, crocodilefish, turtles, and large schools of fusiliers can be seen here.
5. USS Oriskany, Florida (pictured above)
This wreck is huge at 270 meters long, it is the biggest shipwreck on this list.
The USS Oriskany was sunk on purpose in Y 2006 to create an artificial reef, and dive site off the cCity of Pensacola.
The wreck lies between 24-65 meters of water. The shallower parts are appropriate for recreational diving while the deeper portions and penetration should be saved for those trained in technical SCUBA diving.
A variety of sharks can be seen here including whale sharks, as well as the wacky looking Mola mola, groupers, manta rays, barracudas, octopus, and lots of macro-life.
It will take several dives to appreciate the “Mighty O.”
This US warship earned battle stars in both the Vietnam and Korean wars before being decommissioned in Y 1976.
6. Fujikawa Maru, Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia
The location is renowned in the world of wreck diving.
Chuuk Lagoon served as a Japanese Navy base during WWII and was attacked by American forces. The lagoon is littered with shipwrecks, making it a dream come true for wreck diving enthusiasts. It is difficult to highlight just 1, but the Fujikawa Maru is a favorite among many SCUBA divers.
Starting at just 5 meters and reaching a depth of over 30, this dive can be thoroughly enjoyed by both inexperienced, advanced, and even technical divers.
The site is alive with coral and heaps of marine life, but the highlights are probably the massive 3-floor engine room, the intact bow gun, and the Zero fighter planes which can be seen in 1 of the 5 hanger holds.
7. King Cruiser, Thailand
A notorious wreck in the Andaman Sea, the King Cruiser is accessible from the west coast islands of Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, and Koh Lanta.
The passenger ferry sank in Y 1997 on its way from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi after hitting a reef.
This 85-meter long shipwreck has earned a reputation for being an unpredictable but super dive site. With chances for low visibility and strong currents, this site is not for the inexperienced diver. But, it is rewarding regardless of water conditions.
The King Cruiser starts at about 12 meters and reaches the ocean floor at 30 meters.
Groupers, barracudas, moray eels, large schools of snappers, and lionfish can all be found on this wreck.
Have a terrific week.
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