Roman anchors and admiralty artifacts can be found among wrecks covered in marine life. Take a step back into the past. Join us grouper dating some of the world’s best wreck diving among the most varied marine life of the Mediterranean. Gibraltar sits at the entrance to one of the world’s natural crossroads, the Gibraltar Straits.
Atlantic Ocean mixes with the denser Mediterranean Sea to create a unique combination of flora and fauna. Choose from wrecks dating back to Napoleonic times or World War II, or dive the Camp Bay Artificial Reef Project, boasting vast schools of boxfish, damselfish and Anthias, as well as pipefish, Atlantic Torpedo rays, octopus and cuttlefish. A 15m, 150-ton steam trawler used by the Navy during WWI to patrol the waters surrounding Gibraltar. Sank in 1917 following an explosion, she now sits upright in 34 metres of water.
A large collection of steel cannon believed to have come from a Spanish siege barge circa 1782. One of Gibraltar’s most popular dive sites, this 1082-ton, steel-clad steamer sank after a collision in 1888. Lying upside down, she has three access points, perfect for the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty. Home to a profusion of colourful marine life, from gorgonians and fanworms to spider crabs and lobsters. There isn’t much left of this chariot after it was mistaken for a torpedo and blown up.
A very scenic wreck dive, the 3679-ton, 340ft long steamer sank in 1916 and now lies at the bottom of the South Mole. Bristol Bombay mono-plane bomber which ditched into the sea following engine trouble in 1941. Steeped in history, this area has a variety of features. Expect to come across admiralty anchors and cannons as well as other anchors dating back to Roman times! Rosia Bay was also the Victualling Yard where Lord Admiral Nelson’s body was brought ashore in the HMS Victory after his triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar. The spectacular Seahawk wreck can be accessed just a short swim from the bay.
Boasting a profusion of marine life, these rocky pinnacles display the history of Gibraltar shipping. Anchors, clay pipes and pottery can all be found scattered around the site. Probably one of the most popular dive sites on the whole of Spain’s Costa del Sol! For the last three decades, a number of vessels have been purposefully sunk to create an artificial reef and encourage marine diversity. The result is the perfect divers’ playground! With 11 wrecks in the one site, Camp Bay is the ultimate locality for conducting the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course, plus PADI Specialties such as Wreck Diver, Underwater Navigation, Peak Performance Buoyancy and Project Aware Fish ID. This immensely impressive Royal Navy mooring vessel was deliberately sunk in 1990 as part of the artificial reef project.