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Bermuda is world-renowned for its dive sites. Bermuda scuba diving will take you to the most eerie shipwrecks that even the Little Mermaid probably hasn't seen.
People may be able to think of several other great dive destinations. But they will all admit that scuba diving is none like any other. The more than 300 Bermuda shipwreck and the 200 square miles of pristine reef all around the islands, make for great scuba dive sites. The reef is not of the typical formations either. And the best fact about scuba diving is that you can explore every single Bermuda shipwreck in tropical shallow waters! This means that diving is just about 45-50 feet under, leaving you plenty of time to explore the 'bottom'.
Every Bermuda shipwreck is worth the dive, but here are some top choices:
* The Constellation
Ever wondered how such film as 'The Deep' ever came to be written? Simple, the author came to visit The Constellation for inspiration. He saw it lying 30 feet underwater, 13 kilometers northwest of the Royal Naval Dockyard. This Bermuda shipwreck was built in 1918, and was the last wooden cargo vessel to depart from the New York harbor during World War II. She was wrecked not until 1943 though, and all her crew survived. Now, you can see her ruins, still evident of the cement and morphine ampoules she was carrying.
* The Cristobal Colon
The largest Bermuda shipwreck that used to be a Spanish luxury liner till it sank in 1936. The U.S. Air Force used this wreck for target practice in World War II, until it eventually stayed beneath the waters. When going off to this scuba diving site, care should be practiced as some artillery shells from WWII remain unexploded.
* The Hermes
This Bermuda shipwreck is a favorite among divers. This vessel is a 1984 American freighter that was abandoned by its crew because they haven't been paid in six months. The Bermuda government claimed it for $1 and had the dive association sink it deliberately to create an interesting wreck. This Bermuda shipwreck is one of the nicest to see as the vessel's galley, cargo hold, propeller, and engines are remarkably visible.
* Maria Celeste
A historic Atlantic shipwreck, this wheeled steamer used to exchange guns for cotton and cash. She was wrecked in 1864, after years of evading capture. It now lies like a skeleton 55 feet below. This Bermuda shipwreck is not a good dive site if you want to see marine life. However, this wreck offers several mysterious caves and tunnels for you to explore.
Every single Bermuda shipwreck is generally the best place for dive beginners and yet an interesting site for experts as well. Neophytes can learn the basics and yet go diving in 6-7.5 meters of water all on the same day. Where else can you swim alongside a barracuda and find shipwrecks this shallow?