It’s a well-earned phrase, that Bermuda is renowned as the Shipwreck Capital of the Atlantic.
Sea captains of yore either missed or underestimated the danger posed by jagged coral reefs lurking just below the water’s surface, and many vessels – some tossed about by tremendous storms – met their doom close to Bermuda. But their bad luck is now a jackpot for today's divers who can explore a wide range of wrecks spanning three centuries.
Plunge into the past at the many shipwreck dive sites surrounding the island. Some of the best-preserved shipwrecks are to the east and north of Bermuda, in depths of 40 to 80 feet. At the western end, you’ll find older ships, some in water as shallow as 30 feet.
Fewer than 40 of the 300-plus shipwrecks are named. Of these, there are at least a dozen standouts renowned for their interesting provenance, ease of access and visual appeal.