10 Shipwrecks You Should Totally See

You know what’s awesome? Shipwrecks. Big ships, little boats, Roman wrecks, WWII wrecks, pirate ships, merchant ships – they’re all insanely cool. While many have been lost to the depths of the sea, there are some that you can see with nothing more than a snorkel and fins or a pair of flip-flops. Check out these ten that are totally worth the trip.


Wreck of the Cali


This freighter from 1900 is a definitely worth the excursion down to Grand Cayman. First of all, the Caribbean is a warm, beautiful paradise year round, so you’re already winning just by going there. Second, the wreck is only around 20-30 feet down and a minute’s swim from the shoreline. Given the almost crystal visibility in Cayman Islands, that makes it a great location for snorkeling.


SS America


Built as a 1940’s ocean liner, the SS America had a half-century long career before she was sold with the hopes of making her a hotel ship off the coast of Thailand, but in the process of being towed to her new home, she got caught in a storm and ran aground in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. Now, her fractured remains can be seen during low tide.


Eduard Bohlen


Long shot with this one, but if you’re ever in Namibia, the Eduard Bohlen is a must-see. The former cargo ship/passenger liner combo is stranded in the Namibian desert, nearly half a kilometer from the coast. A ship buried in the sands and glowing under the desert sun is a real sight to see.


Navagio Beach Shipwreck


You already know this wreck. It’s the one you see in all the photos, the one of a rusted hull on a pretty, semi-circular beach with crystal waters to just the other side. Well, now you know the name. It’s located on the Greek island of Zakynthos, and you should go see it.


SS Nornen


Run aground on the beach at Berrow, Somerset, in the UK, this Norwegian barque can still be seen at low tide, her ribs sticking up out of the water.


Peter Iredale


This four-masted steel barque ran aground on the coast of Oregon in the 1900s, and today some of her steel frame is still visible even as the tide rolls in.


SS Point Reyes


There are a bunch of shipwrecks along the Point Reyes National Seashore in California. The SS Point Reyes can still be seen on a sandbar, and near with the near 50 ships that have been lost in the area, a quick snorkel is bound to turn up even more wreck sites.


SS Maheno


Step one – go to Australia. Step two – see the remains of this Scottish passenger liner. Step three – enjoy being in Australia, obviously.


River Princess


This shallow wreck of the coast of India’s Candolim Beach in Goa is a distinctly modern ship stuck in the shallows. Just be careful wading out to it – the water conditions make even the short walk dangerous.


The Montana and Constellation


This one is a two-for-one. These two shipwrecks are located at nearly the same spot in Bermuda, and a bunch of boats do snorkeling excursions out there. Two shipwrecks plus an island vacation – that’s a major win.