Index of recreational dive sites

The following index is provided as an overview of and topical guide to recreational dive sites:

See the Glossary of underwater diving terminology for definitions of technical terms, jargon, diver slang and acronyms used in underwater diving
See the Outline of underwater diving for a hierararchical listing of underwater diving related articles
See the Index of underwater divers for an alphabetical listing of articles about underwater divers
See the Index of underwater diving for an alphabetical listing of underwater diving related articles


  • HMS A1 The Royal Navy's first British-designed submarine
  • HMS A3 A-class submarine of the Royal Navy
  • USS Aaron Ward Gleaves-class destroyer of the United States Navy
  • Abessinia German ship wrecked at the Farne Islands in 1921. Now a dive site
  • Aeolian Sky Greek registered freighter sunk off Dorset after a collision
  • Albert C. Field Canadian cargo ship, sunk off the Needles during World War II
  • Aliwal Shoal A rocky reef off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • SS America Steam packet wrecked off Isle Royale in Lake Superior
  • Andrea Doria Genoa registered passenger liner of the Italian line sunk after a collision off Massachusetts
  • Antilla Hamburg America Line cargo ship scuttled in 1940 off Aruba
  • Antilles French cruise ship that ran aground and sank off Mustique
  • Aquila British built cargo ship sunk off Ambon
  • Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park Marine protected area in the Cozumel reef system off Mexico


  • HMS Boadicea B-class destroyer of the Royal Navy, sunk by enemy action in Lyme Bay
  • Bianca C. Passenger ship sunk off Grenada
  • Booya Three masted steel schooner wrecked in Darwin, Australia
  • Breda Dutch ship sunk off Scotland in 1940, now a recreational dive site.
  • HMAS Brisbane Perth-class guided missile destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy sunk as a dive site off the Queensland coast
  • Bungsberg German cargo ship sunk near Tallinn, Estonia


  • HMAS Canberra Adelaide class guided missile frigate of the Royal Australian Navy scuttled as dive site off Barwon Heads, Victoria
  • Capernwray Dive Centre Flooded quarry in Lancashire, England, used as a recreational dive site.
  • Captain Keith Tibbetts Former Cuban Navy Koni II-class frigate scuttled in shallow water in Cayman Brac
  • Carl D. Bradley Self-unloading Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Michigan storm
  • Carnatic British steamship wrecked in the gulf of Suez
  • SS Cedarville Great lakes bulk carrier wrecked in a collision
  • Chuuk Lagoon A sheltered body of water in the central Pacific in the Federated States of Micronesia



  • Eastfield Ship sunk off Cornwall 1n 1917, now a dive site
  • HMT Elk British trawler sunk off Plymouth in 1940, now a recreational dive site.
  • Ellengowan Schooner rigged single screw steamer which sank at moorings in Darwin, Australia
  • RMS Empress of Ireland Ocean liner which sank near the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River after a collision
  • Engelbrecht Cave Cave system in Mount Gambier, South Australia
  • Ewens Ponds Flooded sinkhole system in the south east of South Australia


  • HMS Falmouth Town-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy sunk off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire by German submarines
  • Fifi Tugboat that caught fire and sank in Bahrain
  • Fossil Cave A flooded cave in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia
  • SS Francisco Morazan German built cargo ship wrecked in Lake Michigan
  • Fujikawa Maru Japanese armed transport ship sunk in Truk lagoon
  • Japanese destroyer Fumizuki (1926) Mutsuki-class destroyer of the Imperial Japanese Navy sunk at Truk



  • Herzogin Cecilie German-built four-masted barque wrecked near Salcombe
  • Hilma Hooker Shipwreck in Bonaire in the Caribbean Netherlands
  • Hispania Swedish steamship wrecked in the Sound of Mull, now a dive site
  • HMS Hood Royal Sovereign-class battleship of the Royal Navy scuttled in Portland Harbour
  • HMAS Hobart Former guided missile destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy scuttled off Yankalilla Bay in South Australia


  • Igara Bulk carrier wrecked off the east coast of Malaysia and partly salvaged



  • King Cruiser Car ferry of that sank off the West Coast of Southern Thailand
  • SMS Kronprinz German battleship scuttled in Scapa Flow
  • Kyarra Cargo and passenger luxury liner torpedoed and sunk near Swanage


  • HMS Laforey Royal Navy destroyer sunk by a mine off Sussex
  • USAT Liberty United States Army cargo ship torpedoed by Japanese submarine and beached on the island of Bali.
  • Little Blue Lake Flooded sinkhole dive site in South Australia
  • Louis Sheid Belgian ship sunk off Devon on 1939. Now a recreational dive site
  • USS LST-507 US Tank landing ship sunk off the south coast of England, now a dive site


  • SMS Markgraf German battleship scuttled in Scapa Flow
  • Mikhail Lermontov Soviet cruise liner wrecked in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
  • HMS M2 Royal Navy submarine monitor wrecked in Lyme Bay
  • Maine British ship sunk in 1917 near Dartmouth, Devon. Now a recreational dive site
  • Maloja UK registered passenger steamship sunk by a mine off Dover
  • HMS Maori Royal Navy Tribal class destroyer sunk in Malta
  • Maritime Heritage Trail – Battle of Saipan A group of WWII wrecks in the lagoon at Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Marguerite French ship sunk in Lyme Bay in 1917. Now a dive site
  • SS Mauna Loa Cargo steam-ship sunk in the bombing of Darwin
  • USAT Meigs United States Army transport ship sunk in Darwin Harbour
  • Mendi Passenger steamship that sank after a collision south of the Isle of Wight
  • SS Milwaukee Great lakes train ferry that foundered in a storm
  • USCGC Mohawk US Coastguard cutter sunk as artificial reef off south-west Florida
  • Mohegan Steamer wrecked off the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
  • RMS Moldavia British ship sunk in 1918 off Beachy Head, now a dive site
  • HMS Montagu Pre-dreadnought battleship of the British Royal Navy wrecked on Lundy Island
  • MV RMS Mulheim German owned container ship wrecked at Land's End, United Kingdom



  • Oceana Cargo and passenger ship sunk off Beachy Head after a collision
  • USS Oriskany Cargo and passenger ship sunk off Beachy Head after a collision
  • Oslofjord Ocean liner sunk after hitting a mine off the River Tyne


  • Maltese patrol boat P29 Ship scuttled as dive site off Malta
  • Maltese patrol boat P31 Minesweeper/patrol boat scuttled for use as a recreational dive site
  • Palancar Reef Coral reef off Cozumel, Mexico in the Caribbean sea
  • Pedernales Lake tanker damaged by a torpedo at Arubs, where part of the ship remains
  • Persier British ship sunk in Plymouth Sound in 1945. Now a dive site
  • HMAS Perth Guided missile destroyer of the Australian Navy, sunk as a dive site off Western Australia
  • Piccaninnie Ponds Protected area near Mount Gambier in South Australia
  • Piłsudski Polish passenger ship sunk off the Yorkshire coast
  • Pool Fisher British merchant vessel that sank off the Isle of Wight
  • Poor Knights Islands Group of islands and marine reserve off the east coast of new Zealand's North Island
  • HMS Port Napier Royal Navy minelayer destroyed in Loch Alsh, Scotland, by an explosion following an engine room fire
  • Preußen German steel-hulled five-masted ship-rigged windjammer sunk in Crab Bay after a collision
  • President Coolidge American ocean liner sunk by mines in the New Hebrides
  • Protea banks A reef about 7 km off the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa



  • Radaas Ship sunk in 1917 near Portland Bill, now a dive site
  • Rainbow Warrior Greenpeace vessel bombed by French intelligence service operatives in Auckland harbour, refloated and scuttled as a dive site
  • SS Regina Steel ship that foundered in Lake Huron in a storm
  • RMS Rhone Royal Mail Ship wrecked off Salt Island in the British Virgin Islands in a hurricane
  • Rondo Ship sunk in Sound of Mull in 1935, now a recreational dive site
  • Rosehill Steam collier torpedoed and sunk near Fowey, Cornwall
  • Royal Adelaide Iron sailing ship wrecked on Chesil Beach
  • Royal Charter Steam clipper wrecked off Porth Alerth on the coast of Anglesey
  • Rozi Tugboat scuttled as a dive site off Malta


  • HMS Safari Royal Navy S-class submarine sunk in the English Channel while on tow to shipbreakers
  • Salem Express Car and passenger ferry wrecked off the Egyptian coast
  • USS Saratoga US Navy aircraft carrier sunk by nuclear weapon testing at Bikini atoll
  • Sardine run Annual fish migration off the shores of South Africa
  • USS Scuffle Admirable class minesweeper sunk as an artificial reef off Cozumel
  • HMS Scylla Royal Navy frigate sunk as artificial reef off Whitsand Bay, Cornwall
  • HMS Sidon Royal Navy submarine sunk in Portland Harbour by explosion of a faulty torpedo
  • Sistema Dos Ojos Flooded cave system at the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
  • Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich Flooded cave system in Mexico
  • Sistema Ox Bel Ha Flooded cave system in Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Sistema Sac Actun Flooded cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
  • Sodwana Bay A National Park with marine protected area on the northern KwaZulu-Natal coast of South Africa
  • USS Spiegel Grove US Navy dock landing ship sunk off Key Largo as an artificial reef
  • Stanegarth Steam tugboat scuttled as a dive feature at Stoney Cove
  • Stanwood British ship sunk off Falmouth in 1939, now a recreational dive site
  • Stella Passenger ferry wrecked off the Casquets
  • Stoney Cove Flooded quarry in Leicestershire used for scuba diving
  • HMAS Swan Australian "River" class destroyer sunk as a dive site off the coast of Dunsborough, Western Australia


  • Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area Marine protected area around the coast of the Cape Peninsula
  • USS Tarpon US Navy Submarine which foundered south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, while under tow to the scrap yard.
  • Thesis Steamship wrecked in 1889 in the Sound of Mull, Scotland. Now a recreational dive site.
  • Thistlegorm British armed merchantman sunk in the Red Sea at Ras Muhammad
  • Toa Maru Japanese transport ship sunk by a submatine off Gizo, Solomon Islands
  • Torrey Canyon Suezmax Class oil tanker wrecked off the western coast of Cornwall
  • Tulagi Small island north of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands


  • U-40 German submarine sunk by a mine in the English Channel
  • U-352 German submarine sunk by depth charges south of Morehead City, North Carolina
  • U-1195 German submarine sunk by antisubmarine mortar to the southeast of the Isle of Wight
  • Um El Faroud Libyan owned tanker scuttled as dive site off Malta


  • Varvassi Greek freighter wrecked at The Needles in a storm after engine failure
  • SS Vienna Steamship sunk after a collision in Lake Superior



  • USS Yancey Andromeda-class attack cargo ship sunk as an artificial reef off North Carolina
  • Yongala Australian registered passenger ship that sank off Cape Bowling Green, Queensland, Australia


  • Zenobia RO-RO ferry that capsized and sank near Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Zealandia Australian cargo and passenger steamship sunk in the bombing of Darwin
  • Zingara Cargo vessel wrecked in the Straits of Tiran in the Red Sea

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