Though in this day and age you are highly unlikely to discover a lost shipwreck laden with Spanish doubloons, rusty chests full of rubies and pirate booty, wreck diving still presents one of the most exhilarating and unique experiences for divers. It involves a dive targeted at a sunken vessel which could be anything from an intentionally sunken rig to a World War II battleship. Wrecks often act as man-made reefs, and are home to an abundance of fish seeking shelter from predators, so an ideal place to see unusual or elusive species of marine life.

Depending on your level of certification, you will be able to experience wreck diving in different ways. To enter enclosed spaces within vessels you will need to have at least an advanced certification as structures can often be brittle, imbalanced or unstable, with poor visibility.

Where to go

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Chuuk Lagoon

The best wreck diving in the world. Full. Stop.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island, in our opinion the best place from which to dive the Great Barrier Reef, is situated at the northern end of the Reef, is home to little more than a Marine Research Station, a luxury hotel, pristine beaches, and a population of large lizards.

New Britain

New Britain

Within the coral triangle, the centre of marine biodiversity which has the highest diversity of tropical fish and coral in the world, are the waters of New Britain. Diverse and colourful corals are home to a variety of marine creatures including fish, crustaceans and invertebrates.

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Puerto Galera

Great diving, excellent value and within easy travel distance from Manila.

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt has vast historical and cultural aspects, and also offers world class diving, all within striking distance of Europe.

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Gozo

Gozo, Malta's quiet sister, offers great Mediterranean diving, as well as culture, with a collection of charming villages and prehistoric sites to visit; and it's relatively anonymous.

Bali

Bali

Bali and Lombok have great variety for divers including wreck diving, muck diving, mantas and even a chance to encounter the extraordinary mola mola.

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The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands offer great diving and hotels, as well as being home to a world famous wreck-dive, the RMS Rhone.

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Milne Bay

Milne Bay is where diving started in Papua New Guinea. It is home to world-class reefs, macro and muck diving and is a highlight of any diving trip to Papua New Guinea.

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Bahamas

Scattered like dabs of possibility on an adventurer’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus, he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history.

Where do I start? It was our best trip yet. Everything went smoothly. It was a wonderful package at a very good price, well organised by Original Travel and we felt totally spoilt.

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