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The Best Shipwreck Scuba Dives

Updated on June 18, 2013
The Antilla just off Aruba
The Antilla just off Aruba
Aruba dive sites
Aruba dive sites
A DC-3 off Aruba
A DC-3 off Aruba
The Odyssey off the Honduras
The Odyssey off the Honduras
The Yongala off Australia
The Yongala off Australia
Beautiful things are under the water!
Beautiful things are under the water!
The Vandenberg just off the Florida keys. This photo shows the ship before being sunk.
The Vandenberg just off the Florida keys. This photo shows the ship before being sunk.
Diving around the antenna of the Vandenberg
Diving around the antenna of the Vandenberg
Vandenberg location
Vandenberg location

If you were to pick five scuba dives in search of shipwrecks, what are the best ones? Shipwreck hunts combines history, sport and excitement. One of the best spots in the USA is around the Florida Keys where history has provided a trail of recent and old shipwrecks along the length of the Keys. You can dive for old Spanish ships to more modern cargo and military ships from the WW2. FYI, the Caribbean was a war zone in WW2 when German U-boats perched around the whole area and Aruba hunting for cargo ships carrying precious oil and aircraft fuel. Millions of tons were sunk. If you did not know, from Key Largo to Key West you can scuba dive for the following ships: Spiegel Grove, Duane, Benwood, Eagle, Thunderbolt, Adolphus Busch Sr., Cayman Salvager, Joe's Tug and the Vandenberg. The last one, Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former military troop transport and former missile-tracking ship is the best scuba dive site. The ship is huge and was scuttled several years ago. It was in the 1999 movie, "Virus". It launched in 1963 and retired in 1983 and tracked rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. The radar antenna's are only 45 ft. from the surface making it an easy dive. The ship is 525 ft. long. This dive is the granddaddy dive.

Of course, Australia has its own scuba dives. If you are there, dive for the S.S. Yongala and is the next best dive. The ship sank off the coast of Queensland in 1911. It was a cargo and passenger ship and sits in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Tons of sea creatures will keep you company. The next largest shipwreck to dive for is the 300 ft. ship "Odyssey", located off the coast of Roatan, Honduras. Like the Vandeberg, you can dive just 40 ft. to reach the top part of it.

Since you are in the area, go to Malmok Beach, Aruba, where you can dive for the German frieghter, Antilla, another 300 ft. ship. This ship was sunk in WW2. But, really, if you want it all, Aruba does offer the best for everything-from tropic beauty, beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving. Aruba offer over 20 sites to snorkel or scuba dive. Many ships and aircraft in WW2 sunk due to the shallow reefs off shore.

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