World-Famous Shipwrecks You Can Explore by Diving
Seeing huge ships that once carried hundreds across the ocean laying to rest at the bottom of the sea is an experience unlike anything else. One of the biggest perks of scuba diving is being able to explore ships that are otherwise out of sight to humans.
There are so many different ships that have been wrecked and preserved in the ocean for intrepid divers to explore. Here’s our shipwreck dive bucket list of locations that every diver should explore.
1. The Yongala, Australia
This ship sank off the coast of Queensland during 1911. The ship was hit by a cyclone and sadly killed 122 people, plus a racehorse named Moonshine and a red Lincolnshire bull. The ship sank because it lacked telegraph facilities and could not receive any messages about the weather ahead.
Though you can no longer get close to the ship, there is plenty of beautiful sea life to explore around it. This includes manta rays, turtles, bull sharks, clouds of fish, and beautiful unique coral reefs.
2. Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea
Thistlegorm means Blue Thistle in Gaelic. This was a British vessel attacked by planes in 1941 and subsequently sunk to the bottom of the sea. It was carrying a cargo of war supplies including rifles, motorbikes, trucks, and train carriages.
The ship is 131 meters long – meaning it might take more than one dive in order to explore it fully. Plus, the currents tend to be pretty strong and go in opposite directions on the surface and at the actual wreck site, making this a wreck to only tackle if you’re experienced.
The Thistlegorm’s wreck is located in the Strait of Gobal, north of Ras Mohammed near Sharm El-Sheikh.
3. USAT Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
The Liberty sits on a beautiful black sand slope and rests only 30 meters offshore. There are gorgeous corals, anemones, and gorgonians encrusted along the frame of the ship. There are also lots of different marine animals that swim around for plucky divers to see if they decide to visit the ship.
The boat sank on January 11th, 1942 when the USAT was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-166. The ship is 120 meters long, and due to the nature of the attack on it, the wreck is extremely broken up. So, if you’re looking to explore the full inside of a ship this might not be the dive for you. But, past divers have seen the ship’s toilets, guns, anchor chain and more.
The USAT Liberty is not to be confused with the Liberty Glo, which is wrecked off the coast of the Netherlands. This ship previously had two names before it officially became the USAT.
4. The Zenobia, Cyprus
The Zenobia sank just a few months into her maiden voyage after being launched in 1979. Thankfully, no lives were lost, and the ship remains fully intact. This dive is perfect for those who want to see the inside of a ship and explore the stark contrast between human life and animal life.
The ferry was transporting over 120 vehicles, which are still a part of the wreck and can be viewed on the dive. The closest point of the dive is 16 meters under, and the maximum depth goes down to 42 meters.
This wreck is another multi-part dive that takes more than one trip to be explored fully. But, this dive can be done by any diver no matter what their experience level is (as long as they have a good guide with them).
Want to Explore Something Else?
These are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to shipwreck dives you can explore – we have some of our own covered by our Bahama Divers trips!
If you’re intimidated by shipwrecks, there are plenty of other sites that might be better suited for you, many of which attract beautiful and unique marine life. These dives are for a variety of experience levels and give memorable experiences for everyone involved. Check it out!