The Ultimate Guide to Wreck Diving

Imagine diving into the sea and surrounded by exotic coral reefs that are full of marine life. Then, an unusual colossal silhouette appears from the depths – a shipwreck, a silent testament of an era. Wreck diving offers an unparalleled adventure into the depths of the ocean, where history and marine life collide to form underwater museums.

Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts has compiled various pieces of information for you to use as an ultimate resource for wreck diving. In this guide, you will discover the best wreck diving destinations around the world, from the legendary SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea to the hauntingly beautiful Fujikawa Maru in Truk Lagoon. This guide also contains crucial information and gear recommendations to help you have a safe and memorable experience. Whether you are a seasoned diver looking for an exciting challenge or a curious beginner wanting to discover the underwater world, wreck diving provides an unrivalled opportunity to learn about nautical history while seeing nature’s awe-inspiring force.  Read on to discover the secrets of the depths and begin organising your own wreck diving expedition with Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts!

Why Wreck Diving?

Wreck diving offers a unique window into the past, providing divers with the chance to explore underwater museums frozen in time. These submerged vessels, aircraft, and even cities serve as poignant reminders of history’s many faces – from maritime tragedies to wartime losses and natural disasters.

Each wreck tells a story, not just of its own unique experience in the ocean’s depths, but also of the era it hailed from, the people it served, and the events that led to its watery fate. Beyond the historical allure, wrecks create artificial reefs, teeming with marine life, offering divers a chance to witness the fascinating process of nature reclaiming human-made structures. Keep reading as we deconstruct the magic of this fascinating sub-segment of scuba diving.

Top Wreck Sites Around the World

The planet’s oceans, lakes, and rivers are littered with thousands of wreck sites, each with its allure. From the iconic SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea, renowned for its well-preserved WWII cargo, to the USS Oriskany in Florida, the world’s largest artificial reef, the variety of wreck sites is astounding. Other notable mentions include the hauntingly beautiful Fujikawa Maru in Truk Lagoon and the RMS Rhone in the British Virgin Islands, known for its rich history and excellent visibility.

Best Wrecks: Spectacular Shipwrecks

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Since the oceans are practically filled with thousands of wreck sites, we cannot cover them all in our guide. Here is a list of our personal favourites, that you can discover with us at Solitude Liveaboards & Resorts:


  • Iro Maru: Sunk during World War II, the Iro Maru is a Japanese oil fleet tanker resting upright at a depth accessible to recreational divers. Its superstructure is encrusted with corals, and its cargo of depth charges remains visible, making it a historical treasure trove.
  • Jake Seaplane: A relatively shallow wreck, the Jake Seaplane is an exceptional site for photography. The intact World War II-era seaplane is surrounded by clear water and teeming marine life, providing a surreal dive experience.


  • Liberty Wreck, Bali: Located just off the shore of Tulamben, Bali, the USAT Liberty was sunk in 1942. This shipwreck is one of the most accessible wreck dives that you can find in the world. The shipwreck is completely covered in an incredible array of coral and is home to a wide variety of marine life, making it a perfect site for both beginners and advanced divers.
  • Wai Terang, Komodo: Wai Terang is a sunken Indonesian fishing boat that can be found in the Flores Sea near Komodo Island. This shipwreck is now home to various exotic corals and marine life.
  • Cross Wreck, Raja Ampat: Cross Wreck is a small cargo ship that sunken in shallow waters at Raja Ampat, Papua. Due to its location, this shipwreck is an ideal site for beginners. The wreck is encrusted in soft and hard corals and is a habitat for various fish species, making it a microcosm of Raja Ampat’s biodiversity.


  • Delsan Wreck, Tubbataha: This large freighter that lies in the Sulu Sea attracts a variety of pelagic fish and is often surrounded by schools of barracuda and trevally, offering an unforgettable dive experience.
  • Amos Rock, Tubbataha: Known for its smaller wreck that lies in a coral garden, Amos Rock offers divers a picturesque underwater landscape filled with vibrant corals and abundant marine life, including reef sharks and turtles.

The Ultimate Wreck Diving Course

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Before you begin your wreck diving adventures, you must first receive proper training. The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course provides you with the information and abilities you need to safely explore these underwater time capsules. Solitude Lembeh Resort in Indonesia offers this comprehensive programme.

The course delves into the essential aspects of safe wreck diving, covering everything from meticulous planning and organisation to essential techniques and hazard identification. You’ll gain hands-on experience through four dives, mastering wreck navigation, and mapping, using penetration lines and reels for safe exploration, and understanding the legalities of wreck diving.  This comprehensive training ensures you approach wrecks with respect, appreciate their historical significance, and prioritise safety throughout your dives.

Mastering Advanced Wreck Diving Techniques

Advanced wreck diving opens up a new realm of exploration opportunities. Techniques such as line laying and reel use for navigation inside wrecks, proper buoyancy control to avoid disturbing sediment, and emergency procedures for low visibility and tight spaces are crucial for any diver looking to take their wreck diving to the next level. Continuous learning and practice, coupled with respect for the sites and their histories, ensure that advanced wreck divers can enjoy these underwater time capsules safely and responsibly.

Essential Tips for Wreck Diving Enthusiasts

  1. Always Dive Within Your Limits: Never attempt to penetrate a wreck without proper training and experience.
  2. Respect the Environment: Wrecks are often historical sites and marine habitats. Look, don’t touch, and take nothing but pictures.
  3. Plan Your Dive, Dive Your Plan: Familiarise yourself with the site beforehand and keep a close eye on air consumption and no-decompression limits.
  4. Buddy Up: Diving with a partner is not only safer but also more enjoyable when sharing the discovery of hidden underwater worlds.

Gear and Equipment for Wreck Diving

The proper gear is essential for a successful wreck dive. Wreck divers frequently use the following tools in addition to normal diving equipment:

  • Dive Lights: To illuminate the dark corners and interiors of wrecks.
  • Reels and Lines: Essential for navigation inside wrecks and preventing disorientation.
  • Redundant Air Source: A safety measure for longer penetrations or in case of primary air source failure.
  • Protective Clothing: Durable wetsuits or dry suits to protect against sharp edges and potential hazards.

Wreck diving is an adventure that blends the thrill of discovery with the seriousness of studying historical sites. With the necessary training, care for the sites, and proper equipment, the world of wreck diving offers limitless opportunities for discovery and adventure.

Solitude Lembeh Resort invites you to take the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Course, which will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to safely explore the silent, fabled wrecks of the sea. Book your Wreck Diving Specialty Course at Solitude Lembeh Resort now and discover the secrets of the deep.