16 Can't-Miss Purpose-Sunk Wrecks
With literally hundreds of shipwrecks scattered across its fringing reefs, Bermuda is heaven for wreck divers, and hell for the innumerable ships that have foundered and broken apart on its treacherous shoals. But the Hermes — a former buoy tender — stands because, as an intentionally sunk artificial reef, it went down in a protected area and remains largely intact. Sunk in 1984 by the Bermuda Divers Association, the Hermes sits in 80 feet of water, and numerous open hatches offer access to the pilothouse, engine room and cargo holds.
>> Make It Happen: High season runs from May to November — plan accordingly because some dive shops don’t operate during the low season. Blue Water Divers and Watersports (divebermuda.com) offers two-tank dives for $120 per person.
There’s No better way to spice up a dive destination than by adding a new wreck. Wrecks attract throngs of marine life and divers, so it’s no surprise that operators in hot spots around the world go to great lengths to acquire, clean and sink interesting ships in their waters. This “science of scuttle” means the landscape of available wrecks is forever growing — there’s always a new sinking on the horizon to keep us excited. From Pensacola to Papua New Guinea, we’ve compiled a guide to some of Scuba Diving’s favorite purpose-sunk-wreck dives — some newly sunk, some longtime classics, but all offer ideas for endless bottom time.