Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail
Key Largo, Florida
Set within Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary, the only barrier coral reef in North America, the Florida Keys Shipwreck Trail is a fascinating dive mecca with 9 historic wrecks buried in sandy shallows just a few kilometres offshore. An underwater guide is available for each site, ensuring you get to experience the very best of each wreck.
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Discovered by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in the early 1950's, the SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship sunk by enemy fire in 1941. Located near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea, the ill-fated vessel contains everything from trucks and train carriages to rifles and machinery.
Silfra in Thingvellir National Park is one of those special dive sites found nowhere else on earth - divers are literally swimming between two continents! Silfra crack was created by the tectonic drift of the American and Eurasian continental plates. Since the water is ridiculously cold though, diving/snorkelling is conducted in dry suits. Oh, and as if it didn't sound cool enough already... visibility is around 100m!
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Yonaguni Monument is a massive underwater rock formation off the coast of Yonaguni, the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands. There’s been a lot of debate over the years as to whether the monument is completely natural, a natural site that has been modified or is entirely manmade. Regardless of what the truth is, it's still an incredible thing to see.
Wikipedia: Gorgo/Masahiro Kaji
Neptune Memorial Reef
Key Biscayne, Florida
Another cool sight in Florida, Neptune Memorial Reef is an eerie underwater mausoleum for cremated remains located 5km off the coast of Key Biscayne. Covering over 600,000 sq ft of ocean floor, it's also the world's largest man-made reef. The Reef is accessible to all visitors.
Chuuk Lagoon, also known as Truk Lagoon, is the world’s best wreck diving destination. The crystal clear waters contain a ghostly graveyard of WWII vessels including patrol boats, torpedo boats, submarines, tugs, landing craft, gunboats and mine sweepers. You can explore inside the ships, but can't remove any artefacts.
Fernando de Noronha
One of the top dive spots in South America, Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets. UNESCO World Heritage Listed, it contains a spectacular array of marine life such as Spinner Dolphins, turtles, rays, and sharks, as well as countless tropical fish.
Flickr: Tadeu Pereira (Ted)/ Roberto Garrido
Christ of the Abyss
San Fruttuoso, Italy
Christ of the Abyss is a submerged bronze statue of Jesus located in the Mediterranean Sea of San Fruttuoso. Various other casts of the statue are located in other places worldwide, both underwater and in churches and museums, but this was the original. It's a pretty amazing sight with fish swimming around the statue, albeit a little bit creepy too...
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Raja Ampat Islands
If tropical fish is what you're interested in, you can't go past Raja Ampat! The archipelago is comprised of over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. Diversity is the main drawcard, with 1,309 fish species and 537 coral species recorded in the islands' waters.
Hilma Hooker Wreck
Another popular wreck site is the Hilma Hooker, off Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands. One of the leading dive wrecks in the region, she rests in 100ft of water on a sand flat between two coral reef systems, in an area known to divers as Angel City.
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Situated in the southeast corner of New Georgia, Munda is a prime location for those who want to get off the beaten track in search of adventure. A 1-2hr boat journey from Gizo, or 1hr flight from Honiara, the area offers renowned war wrecks and spectacular wall diving.
The remote Wakatobi archipelago in south Sulawesi is one of the most exciting destinations in Indonesia. House Reef, one of the region’s highlights, contains a diverse array of marine life including seahorses, trevallies, turtles, eagle rays and hard and soft corals galore.
From exploring sunken war wrecks to diving between the continental plates, take the plunge and discover the incredible sights that lurk just beneath the surface!