2 Of The Worlds Best Diving Destinations For Beginners Looking To See Wrecks
If you've just been certified to SCUBA dive or are looking to get certified in open water, then you should consider a dive spot with wrecks.
This is a list of 2 of the worlds best dive destinations for beginners who want to see wrecks. They are not too deep, which make them great for novice divers. Additionally, they are not dangerous, which means that you can inspect the hull if you wish without worrying about collapse. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Colorado Scuba Center.
British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands has two great dive spots for people looking to explore wrecks. The first is an artificially created wreck site in Cooper Island called "Wreck Alley". There are a number of cargo and tugboats sunk in the area. The wrecks at Cooper Island were sunk specifically with divers in mind, so they are easy to access and situated in safe locations.
The second spot in the British Virgin Islands that you should consider is the wreck of the RMS Rhone. This was a mail ship operated by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. The ship was sunk in a hurricane, with many of the men on board not surviving.
The Rhone sits close to shore, and is about 55 feet underwater. It has been underwater a very long time, so it has fallen apart and is mostly an "open wreck". There are large spans of "overhead" bulk that you can swim under, but there is not much enclosure. The wreck is still famous for its "swim through" passages. You can move through the giant iron hull, and over the rotted wooden decks. You will also get the opportunity to get up close and personal with lobsters, small octopi, and other fish that live in and around the wreck.
Bali is home to the wreck of the USAT Liberty, a merchant transport ship that was used during World War 2. The Liberty was transporting supplies form Australia to the Philippines and was attacked by the Japanese Navy. The Liberty did not sink, but it was badly damaged. The ship was in dire straights, so the decision was made to unload the supplies in the shallow waters off the coast of Bali. The supplies were transported to another ship and then the Liberty was left to sit offshore, where it stayed for many years. However, a volcano erupted years later and this caused the Liberty to be moved off deeper into the ocean. It ended up resting on a reef offshore.
The Liberty is a huge wreck, almost 400 feet long, and not sunk too deep. There are some parts of the ship that are only 20 feet bellow the surface of the water. There are small boat operators that can take you right from the beach and out over the wreck. It's a perfect spot for novice divers looking for an easy to explore, huge wreck.