With its waters playing host to more than 300 shipwrecks laid at the bottom of the ocean over a number of centuries, Bermuda has done well to earn itself the title of “Shipwreck Diving Capital of the Atlantic,” boasting ample opportunity for you to find yourself face-to-face with some of the most compelling vestiges of our past that the sea has to offer.
The island’s most famous shipwreck of all is that of the Sea Venture, an English ship that ran aground in 1609, bringing the previously uninhabited island its very first residents over 400 years ago.
Falling victim to unexposed reefs and strong storms, hundreds of vessels have followed the Sea Venture to its watery grave, resulting in an island that is surrounded by shipwrecks just waiting to be explored.
From small vessels that are more or less unknown in history books, to important sail boats and cargo ships that made their mark on our island’s past forever, you’ll find no shortage of shipwrecks to examine if you’re so inclined, and all in beautiful waters whose temperature ranges from 83° during the summer months to 62° during the winter.
Whatever your taste in marine history and shipwreck exploration opportunities, Bermuda’s waters have you covered.
Shipwrecks can be observed via any one of the many scuba diving services available on the island, giving you access to historical gems such as the Constellation, which served as an impromptu cargo ship during World War II, and the King George, Bermuda’s largest fully intact wreck.
Our island also boasts a number of watersports and boating opportunities that will bring you closer to our marine history than is possible on land, ranging from unique experiences like helmet diving to snorkeling along our exquisite coral reefs.
For a list of scuba diving providers click here, for information on general watersports and boating click here, and to see all of our shipwreck sites using a Google Earth map, click here.