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Wreck diving is popular with recreational sport divers as well as a diverse range of addicts involved in the different aspects of technical scuba diving.

One of the main attractions is being able to dive around, and into, sunken shipwrecks that are within easy reach of tourist resort areas, such as Malta and Thailand.

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Many of the deep wreck dives require special dive skills and wreck specialty equipment for underwater exploration and wreck penetration.

Wreck diving is not just about diving around ships, per se.

But, there are some great shipwrecks that have been intentionally sunk and they have obvious attractions as dive sites of archaeological and historical interest.

Though many of the wrecks are metal-hulled vessels, there are also wooden ships dating back hundreds of years.

Diving into the wrecks offers divers a variety of scuba adventures because the wrecks form artificial reefs which can attract all sorts of coral and aquatic life.

Here's the thing:

After a period of time, the structure may become encrusted with marine growth and smaller fish will tend to exploit the safety and shelter of the nooks and crannies that are offered by sunken wrecks.

Wrecks tend to be inhabited by shoals of larger fish, such as barracuda, trevallies, and fusiliers.

Wreck Diving in Thailand

The three most popular wreck dives in Pattaya are the HTMS Kood, the HTMS Khram and the Hardeep Wreck in the south of Rayong.

We also offer the full range of PADI Scuba Courses, including the Wreck Adventure Dive regularly used as part of the Advanced Open Water Diver Course and the PADI Wreck Specialty Certification Course which includes a penetration dive on a local Pattaya Shipwreck.

The PADI Wreck Diver Course in Pattaya is where scuba divers find wreck diving an exciting underwater adventure.

Exploring sunken shipwrecks opens up fascinating windows into the past discovering whether the wreck was sunk on purpose or the result of something more sinister.

As you dive around and inside wrecked ships, aeroplanes, and even automobiles, your curiosity is rewarded with the fun and adventure of wreck diving.

Pro Tip: The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you how to explore sunken treasures and unlock the mysteries of a wreck's demise.

Famous Wreck Dives around the World

HMS Maori Destroyer Malta

The history behind the sinking of HMS Maori is one of culture and local pride. In fact, even learner divers can enjoy swimming around the shallowest shipwreck in Malta.

This guide explains everything you need to know about this Tribal-class destroyer and the marine life that shelters inside the ruins - only a few hundred metres from the shores of Valletta.

HTMS Sattakut Wreck Thailand

Over the years, the Royal Thai Navy has donated decommissioned and inoperative vessels for intentional scuttling to create artificial underwater reef systems.

This segment contains interesting and helpful information for scuba divers heading to the HTMS Sattakut dive site situated around two kilometres off the west coast of Koh Tao.

Inchkeith Cargo Ship India

One of the best wreck dives in the Andaman Islands are the rusty remains of a steam-powered cargo ship that ran aground in 1955 - called the SS Inchkeith.

This guide explains how to get to the dive site, average depth limits, and which marine species you may see while diving around the wreckage near to Havelock (Swaraj Dweep).

MV Rozi Tugboat Malta

There are several sunken wrecks with easy access from the coast at Ċirkewwa harbour. Steel tugboat Rozi came to rest about 100 metres from the northwest tip of Malta.

This guide contains information about the MV Rozi tug that was sunk in 1992 to create a man made reef for marine creatures and for recreational divers.

P29 Patrol Boat Malta

One of the popular Maltese wreck dives near the northern harbour of Ċirkewwa is a haven for stone bass and chevron barracudas.

Learn about the Maltese Patrol Boat P29 shipwreck at Cirkewwa, a former minesweeper scuttled to create an artificial reef for marine life and for recreational divers.

Um El Faroud Oil Tanker Malta

You'll find several famous wreck dives scattered around the Maltese islands. But, most recreational divers regard the 10,000 ton Libyan oil tanker as being one of the best Malta wrecks.

This guide contains interesting facts and information about Um El Faroud dive site near Wied iz-Zurrieq, as well as photos, a map, and a list of marine life found at this deep artificial reef.

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