The sunny Caribbean is a divers paradise and many look forward to exploring the shipwrecks that lay below the warm tropical waters. Many of the wrecks are well-preserved, and they also attract a host of fascinating sea life, including fish, plants and other sea creatures. Here are five fabulous dive experiences in the Caribbean.
The St George wreck was a cargo ship built in Scotland in the 1960s. The ship's name was the MV Norbrae, but it was renamed Saint George after hurricane George hit the Dominican Republic in 1998. Measuring 80 meters long, it was used to transport grain and flour from Norway to the States. This beautiful shipwreck sits 44 meters below sea level.
A popular dive site is the American USS Scuffle which was used as a minesweeper during World War II. The Mexican army renamed it Felipe Xicotencatl C53 and it was sunk in 1999 in the underwater Chankanaab Park.
Divers visiting St Lucia will love to discover the wonders of the wreck of the freighter Lesleen M near Marigot Bay. Divers can explore the whole ship, which is 50 meters long. The vessel was intentionally sunk in 1886 by the Department of Fisheries to attract divers.
The biggest shipwreck in the Caribbean is the 400-feet long Antilla. The German supply ship was abandoned by the captain when World War II broke out. Locals in Aruba give the wreck the nickname of the ghost ship, adding to the excitement of the dive site, especially for the night dives.
In Barbados, you can discover the wonders of the SS Stravonikita, which once transported cement from Ireland to the Caribbean. It caught fire in 1976 and was partly destroyed, then intentionally sunk in the Folkestone Underwater Park. You can see colorful fish, tube and rope sponges and barracuda swimming around.
Adventure awaits scuba divers who love old shipwrecks. Send us a message for more info on our exciting Caribbean vacations.