World’s best wreck diving spots for adrenaline rush
Are you looking for some adrenaline-inducing wreck diving spots? You’re in the right place. Here’s a selection of the most fantastic locations offering a wealth of sights and transporting you through history into the times of the amazing vessels that roamed the seas and oceans all over the planet. These 7 sights are bound to take your breath away and ensure that your diving holiday is one you’ll remember for the years to come.
Located in Oahu on Hawaii, just off Diamondhead State Park and close to Waikiki, the YO-257 used to be a U.S. Navy yard oiler. Following a long and quiet career, its was purchased by Atlantis Submarines Hawaii in 1989 to make an amazing tourist attraction. Out of several genuine wrecks lying on the bottom surrounding the island, only this one can be accessed by divers. YO-257 stands out because it offers a truly picturesque swim-through on the stern. A real underwater eye candy!
Ships which roamed over the Red Sea since forever left many traces in waters surrounding Sharm-El-Sheikh located on the Egyptian desert. If you’re looking for some stunning sights, make sure to check out the S.S. Thistlegorm. This British Merchant Navy was struck by German bombers during the Second World War. Thanks to all the supplies that went down with it – like motorcycles and cars – this wreck makes up for a very exciting dive.
Grenada’s “Titanic of the Caribbean” is quite a sight. This luxury liner sank in 1961 after an explosion in its boiler room caused a deck fire for several days. It’s 180-meter long – easily the largest wreck for diving located in the Caribbean. It’s possible to get inside too, so divers have lots of interesting rooms to explore.
Located in Palau, the small but impressive Jake Seaplane sits on a relatively shallow reef and offers an amazing sight into WWII aircraft. You can squeeze inside the cockpit and see what it was like for its Japanese pilots to fly it. Nobody knows how the plane ended up here, but one thing is certain – its remains offer a stunning local sight.
Head to Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia to see an amazing underwater tanker. Shinkoku Maru was constructed in 1941 for the Japanese navy and it actually participated in the Pearl Harbor attack as a support ship. 3 years later, it was sunk by the U.S. sneak attack on Truk Lagoon – what today is known as Operation Hailstone. Today the ship makes for quite a sight – it’s beautifully covered with coral formations so expect a breathtaking underwater adventure. It’s also considered one of the best night dives around.
This place is an excellent spot for divers interested in the history of WWII, in particular in the Japanese/US bit of it. Since the area served as Japanese naval anchorage at the time, after attacks of 1944 at least 12 warships and 32 merchant ships were sunk, together with 249 aircraft. This is like a playground up for exploration by divers interested in uncovering the mysteries of the area. A must-see is the massive 134-meter Fujikawa Maruand.
Hidden in the depths of North Carolina’s Outer Banks is a breathtaking area called the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. And the name isn’t there without a reason. One of the most amazing sights in this place is U-352, a sub attacked by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Icarus in 1942. Forcing the sub to the surface, the American Army convinced the captain and crew to abandon it and leave it to rust away under the surrounding waters. All divers simply must check out the perfectly intact pressure hull.
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Will Norquay is a passionate photographer and traveller, currently working for HomeAway. He deeply believes that sharing one’s experiences and thoughts with others is one of the most beautiful things to do.