Wreck Diving Capital
Bermuda's reefs sunk scores of ships for hundreds of years.
Why Bermuda Sunk So Many ShipsDivers who come to explore Bermuda's many shipwrecks will discover a surprisingly idyllic situation.
Diving is similar to the way the Caribbean was in the 1960's, when underwater swimmers were comparatively few, the sites uncrowded and undamaged, and divers tend to be treated more as individuals instead of cattle.
Why are there so many wrecks here? Bermuda's unusual geography and location are responsible for its many shipwrecks that seemingly damned its reputation forever.
Far removed from the Caribbean with which most people associate it, Bermuda is 600 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C., That placed it in the middle of the route most ships followed between Europe and the New World.
About 300 islands, islets and rocks clustered in the shape of a fishhook comprise what we call Bermuda. The invisible low‑lying reefs, coming within inches of the surface, took many ship captains by surprise.
Bermuda is 800 miles north of the Bahamas, and so many mariners never expeted to find coral reefs so far north. It took time for word to spread: Bermuda is surrounded by some of world's most northerly coral reefs.
With 30 wrecks on the diving milk run list, it is impossible to see them all on a single vacation. Nothing wrong with that. The diving, the beautiful islands and the unusual variety of other activities are all good excuses to keep returning.