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Love Rust? Visit these 9 top Wreck Diving Destinations

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Wreck diving is a fascinating way to experience history first hand, learn new dive skills and explore abundant marine life in concentrated areas. It offers unusual photographic opportunities of wreck structures covered in corals, plus the chance to navigate the inside of eerie wrecks and find their cargo.

Once thought to be for experienced divers only, there are wrecks suitable for new and advanced divers alike, plus deep wrecks for tech divers only.

No matter your wreck diving preference, there’s bound to be something for you.

Find out more in our guide to nine of the best wreck diving destinations…


Egypt’s Red Sea

A mecca for scuba divers, Egypt’s Red Sea offers colourful reef diving and a wealth of wrecks for all experience levels to enjoy. The SS Thistlegorm, Egypt’s most famous wreck, is a great place to start your Egypt diving adventure.

Sitting in the Northern Red Sea since 1941, this wreck is a huge 122 meters long and you can explore the interior and exterior with ease. Full of motorbikes, trucks, guns and other cargo, you’ll be kept well-entertained as you discover the Thistlegorm’s many highlights.

Abu Nuhas ‘the ships graveyard’ hosts five of the best Red Sea wrecks; the Giannis D, Chrisoula K, Kimon M, Rosalie Moller and the Carnatic.

The 1869 Carnatic is a must-do dive for wreck fans. She’s the oldest Red Sea shipwreck accessible to divers.

When to go: There’s no bad time to visit the Red Sea.

Liveaboard options: The Emperor Echo offers both Southern Wrecks safaris and Get Wrecked itineraries, allowing you to make the most of your wreck diving time in the north and south.


Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

If you’re looking to combine far-flung idyllic island vistas with wreck diving, Micronesia’s Truk Lagoon could be for you.

Truk Lagoon, an old Japanese naval base in WWII, was attacked in 1944 by the US in Operation Hailstone; which resulted in more than 60 ships and 200 airplanes sinking. The lagoon now has more than 48 wreck dive sites to dive and the waters are filled with historical artefacts.


Nature is slowly taking over at Truk Lagoon and the wrecks are covered in bright corals and surrounded by schools of groupers, barracuda, sea turtles and numerous reef fish. The diving is easy-going thanks to the calm lagoon waters and there are many wrecks at 18 to 40 meters, plus a good selection of wrecks at 40 to 60 meters for tech divers.

Don’t miss the San Francisco Maru or the Shinkoku Maru for night wreck diving.

When to go: All year

Liveaboard options: The Truk Master offers year-round Truk Lagoon safaris. The Thorfinn is ideal for tech divers, offering special tech-wreck diving packages.


Palau, Micronesia

Another popular choice for Micronesia diving, Palau offers the best of both worlds: excellent wreck diving and a variety of other dive sites. It’s ideal for divers who want to try wreck diving whilst also enjoying reef dives and pelagic action in the big blue.

Be sure to dive the Iro Maru if you can. This large freighter, sunk at Palau in 1944, sits proud in the water. She’s a great wreck dive for corals, critter hunting and enjoying a multitude of reef fish.

When to go: November to April has the most pelagics and the best water visibility.

Liveaboard options: The Ocean Hunter III is a good small Palau liveaboard that works with divers to develop custom itineraries whenever possible.


Cayman Islands

You’ll certainly be busy at the Cayman Islands with over 350 dive sites to explore and numerous islands to cruise. If your focus is on wreck diving, you won’t be disappointed with the wrecks on offer there.

The USS Kittiwake, an impressive US submarine rescue vessel, is one of the iconic Cayman Islands wrecks to dive.

She sits in crystal-clear waters and has spacious corridors for easy navigation. She also makes a great night dive.

Other good Cayman Islands wreck options include the Balboa and Ore Verde wrecks, which can also be dived at night.

When to go: All year, though May and June have the best dive conditions.

Liveaboard options: The Cayman Aggressor V offers safaris that include wreck diving.


Solomon Islands

Another top destination for history buffs, the unspoilt Solomon Islands are home to numerous WWII wrecks. Don’t miss Iron Bottom Sound. This well-known sound contains over 200 ships and 690 aircraft, all sunk during the battle of Guadalcanal during the 1940s. You can dive amongst Japanese and American military relics, including minesweepers, destroyers, submarines, planes and troop carriers. There are complex wrecks for experienced divers, plus easy-to-navigate options for those newer to wreck diving.

Covered in corals, the wrecks make great photographic subjects and are often visited by mantas, sharks and pelagic fish.

When to go: All year

Liveaboard options: The Solomons PNG Master is a popular choice and offers unique Solomons WWII Wreck Week safaris.


Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef might not be an obvious choice for wreck diving but it has one of the world’s best-preserved wrecks to offer; the SS Yongala. Sitting just off the Queensland coast, in the centre of the GBR, this wreck is stunning. She sank in 1911 and is in great condition, protected by the Historic Shipwrecks Act, which prevents anyone from penetrating the wreck.

The interior is virtually untouched and the wreck is crowded with marine life including thriving corals and fish life. You can spot bull rays around the wreck and you might even see bull sharks. Just make sure you dive there multiple times; there is that much to see.

When to go: June to August offers the best water visibility.

Liveaboard options: The Spoilsport liveaboard offers limited Yongala expeditions, ranging from 2 to 4-night trips.


Coron, Philippines

Coron is well off the beaten path and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best places in the world for wreck diving. There is a fleet of WWII Japanese supply shipwrecks to discover around Coron’s islands and the vessels range from small gun boats through to tenders and tankers. Many of the wrecks are still intact with equipment onboard, truly bringing history to life.

The Irako, an intact Japanese refrigeration ship, is considered one of the best Philippines wrecks and has resident groupers, turtles and rays. The Nanshin Maru is a good choice for new wreck divers, as she sits in shallower clear waters.

Other highlights include the intact crane on the Akitsushima and the striking Olympia Maru freighter. Whichever wreck you dive, be sure to search for the diverse and colourful macro life found there.

When to go: November to May.

Liveaboard options: The Flying Dolphin III small catamaran caters to just 8 guests and is a unique option for Coron wreck diving.


Bali, Indonesia

If you’re heading to Indonesia, make sure you take time to visit Bali and dive the USAT Liberty shipwreck. Sitting at a depth of 8 to 30 meters, she’s suitable for new divers to experience and is absolutely covered in corals. As well as corals, the wreck hosts abundant reef fish and garden eels. You can spot blacktip reef sharks cruising the wreck, plus schools of barracuda drifting by. Make sure you’re in the water early to avoid any dive crowds and enjoy the marine life all to yourself.

When to go: All year.

Liveaboard options: The Mermaid I offers Bali dive safaris that include the USAT Liberty.


Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

Bikini Atoll was made famous by US atomic bomb tests in the 1940s and 1950s, which included dropping a 15 megaton TNT hydrogen atomic bomb on a mock naval fleet in Bikini atoll. One thousand times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, it left a crater 2km wide and 74 meters deep; creating numerous wrecks. Now open for diving, Bikini Atoll has an abundance of tech-wreck dive sites lying below recreational dive limits and full of marine life. If you’re an experienced tech-wreck diver looking for an adventure, don’t miss it.

When to go: May to July

Liveaboard options: The Truk Master offers Bikini Atoll safaris from May to July each year.


This article was written by divers and writers at LiveAboard.com

LiveAboard.com is the easiest place online to book liveaboard diving holidays around the world. Their team has completed well over 20,000 dives and can help you plan your best scuba diving holiday.

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Nautilus Diving to give away one of Momentum’s new M20 Dive Watches as a prize!

Leading watch brand Momentum has introduced the new M20 series of watches. The new collection includes the M20 DSS Diver with a classic black dial, or striking Bahama yellow dial, and the M20 GMT Diver in a black & blue “Batman” version.

The M20 Dive watch features a solid 316L stainless steel case that is beautifully rounded and polished, taking its design cues from our original 1990’s Aquamatic model. The case is just under 42mm in diameter, but the smooth curves make it feel much smaller. Style, performance and unmatched comfort on the wrist.

The M20’s elegant yet durable design allows it to be worn in almost any situation. It has a 200M depth rating along with an off-set screw-down crown for added comfort.

The M20’s are also very legible, with its double-dome sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating there is virtually no glare. At night, the SuperLuminova luminous dial and hands come to life, a vital feature for serious divers where light may not reach certain depths.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can find here), we reported that the Women Divers Hall of Fame have announced the selection of how many new members who will constitute the Class of 2021?

Is it:

  • A) five
  • B) six
  • C) seven

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Nautilus Diving Momentum M20 Dive Watch October 2020

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How do you pick which dive operation wins your money for your scuba diving vacation? If you only get to dive on vacation, you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and getting experiences you enjoy. That’s why we are giving you our easy 5-step process for filtering out dive centers and narrowing down your selection to find the scuba team you want to be diving with!

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