16 Can't-Miss Purpose-Sunk Wrecks
HMCS Yukon, San Diego
HMCS Yukon has stood as the premier dive of Wreck Alley since its sinking in july 2000 by the San Diego Oceans Foundation. The Yukon didn’t go down without a fight, ending up on its side in about 100 feet of water. Advanced wreck divers planning to penetrate the ship must contend with lopsided passages and rooms that run vertically rather than horizontally. On the exterior of the wreck, recreational divers will find gun turrets near the bow and stern, and macro photographers can shoot a wide array of subjects, from blankets of stark-white metridium anemones to technicolor nudibranchs.
>> Make It Happen: you can dive the Yukon year-round. Lois Ann Dive Charters (loisann.com) makes regular trips to Wreck Alley, and can accommodate recreational and tec divers alike. Two-tank charters start at $75 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.