In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, we have been hard at work researching a few of the most popular destinations where you can scuba dive in sunken ships!
The Cayman Islands rank high on our list for being both a breathtaking destination and a perfect place for such an adventure. These island waters contain many wrecks that are open for exploration. One of the best dives in the area is the Doc Polson, which is a tugboat that sank in 1982. The wreckage is still an impressive 80% intact. Her bow, stern, and wheelhouse sections are all penetrable for divers. Both the ship and surrounding area are teeming with sea and plant life.
The Florida Keys are not only a beautiful place to visit, but are also home to one of the most spectacular sunken ships for advanced scuba divers to explore, the USS Spiegel Grove. The ship boasts an intriguing history of how it actually sank, and it is famous for its incredible underwater reef. Algae, sponges, and coral mingle with 130 species of fish to create enormous biodiversity in this region. Once a U.S. Navy Ship, it is now one of the world’s largest sunken wrecks.
The largest barrier reef in the world is, not surprisingly, home to one of the most magnificent explorable sunken ships. The S.S. Yongala tragically sank in 1911 and now resides in what is known as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This wreck led to one of the most fascinating maritime mysteries to date, as she lay undiscovered for more than half a century. This fact created the perfect environment for an incredible array of marine life to make their home there. At 361 feet long, she is one of the largest, most intact historic shipwrecks.
What be a pirate’s favorite letter?
One would think the Rrrr, but nay, it’d be the C!