(Atlantic - Canada )
- Pristine Wrecks
- Recreational and technical diving
- Highly experienced crew
- Be the only ones on the wrecks!
- Award winning diving operators
Newfoundland is literally littered with wrecks. All along the coastline there are ships that met their watery ends in these difficult waters - bad news for the boats but great news for divers! The Wreck-reation tour focuses on the famous Bell Island shipwrecks and gets to grips with the fleet that was sunk here during the Second World War. As German torpedos struck vessel after vessel, ships sank to the seabed so most are still upright, as if still at anchor awaiting order. Only a 45 minute boat ride from the marina, the wrecks sit at a range of depths so there is something for everyone, recreational or technical.
The friendly and welcoming team at Oxygene Newfoundland have logged some serious bottom time on these wrecks and can navigate their way around every nook and cranny. Always on the hunt for new ships in the region, these guys understand just what makes a wreck dive memorable and deliver every time. Dive from the comfort of the boat, fully fitted out for divers - down to the easy entry ladder! And with the peace of mind that comes from the exacting standards of the Oxygene name, you can splash into this wreck mecca and marvel at the impressive scale of what lies beneath.
The Bell Island Wrecks are alluring and lie in relatively current free, blue water. The visibility is awesome, so much so that on a flat day you can make out the ship outlines. Upright and intact, wreck divers can spend many an hour exploring these pristine wrecks, weaving between the gantries and galleys. The rigging, munitions, radios, portholes and swim throughs are only some of the exciting features. The PLM, SS Lord Strathcona, SS Sanganaga and Rosecastle were torpedoed and over the years have become homes to a host of eel pouts, lumpfish and sculpin, encrusted with orange and yellow plume anemones. The wreck-reation tour will please any metal head on the search for new thrills and unbeatable wreck diving of such quality that you will keep coming back for more!
- Experience: Advanced
- Min. Logged Dives: 30
- No. Dives Included: 10
- Dive Boat: Hard Boat
- Tanks: 12ltr
- Nitrox: Yes
- Season: All year
- Air Temp: 2 - 20 C
- Water Temp: 2 - 12 C
- Visability: 10 - 30m
- Max Group Size: 12
Dive computer, safety sausage
- Please enquire at time of booking
- Logbook & Certification card, Diving Insurance and Diving Medical
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This is an example itinerary and shows what you can expect to visit on a typical Wreck-reation itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions.Day 1
On arrival in St. Johns you will be transferred to the Ocean Quest Lodge and get ready for the first days diving the next day
Departing from the dive centre at about 8:30 you will be taken to the nearby marina (5 minutes) and get on board. After kitting up and reaching Bell Island (approx 45 minutes) the check dive is planned for the PLM, the shallowest of the 4 wrecks. Make sure you include the prop and torpedo damage. A second dive can be made on the PLM to include the bow section and rope holds.
The second day of diving will be split between the Lord Strathcona and and Saganaga. These are perhaps the 2 most picturesque of the wrecks and are packed with marine life as well as a radio station inside the Saganaga. The large holds are atmospheric and worth exploring.
Repeating the same schedule as the previous day, take a closer look at the Lord Strathcona and Saganaga. Traveling to the stern there is a rear mounted anti aircraft gun. Follow the anchor chain on the Saganaga as it snakes across the decks.
This is the perfect day to dive the Rosecastle, the deepest of the 4 wrecks and in near perfect condition. A second dive is needed to really see the main highlights of the wreck which includes the intact super structure.
This is the final day of diving and the opportunity to repeat any of the Bell Island wrecks or to take look at 2 whaling ships that were sunk closer to land and still carry an (unloaded) harpoon gun!
This is a rest day and chance for some sightseeing around St Johns. You can add a day trip to the stunning Terra Nova National Park to take in the view, go hiking or even try your hand at some sea kayaking (local charges apply)
The transfer is made to catch your return flight back to the UK.
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