Wreck diving in Bermuda. *File photo
Wreck diving in Bermuda. *File photo

Bermuda has been honoured by the readers of Scuba Diving magazine as the No. 1 Wreck Diving destination in the Caribbean and Atlantic. The honour was given as part of the publication’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards.

            “We’d like to thank the readers of Scuba Diving for this tremendous recognition,” said Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Bill Hanbury. “We know that divers are always searching for locations that provide them with the opportunity to discover something special. We offer them an incredible variety of opportunities to explore our famous reefs and marvel at the beauty and history on display.”

            In addition to being recognized as the Best Wreck Diving destination, the popular Cristobal Colon wreck was named the Best Wreck Dive as part of the magazine’s Top 100 Gold List. This transatlantic luxury liner, which sank in 1936, is Bermuda’s largest shipwreck, measuring 499 feet in length. The ship’s remains are scattered across nearly 100,000 square feet of ocean floor, which provides divers with hours of endless exploration.

            “Bermuda with its more than 300 wreck diving sites, each with a diverse array of marine wildlife and fish, many of which are unique to Bermudian waters, is a perfect dive location and offers another area of potential growth,” says Bill Hanbury.  He adds: “With more than 400 years of underwater maritime history, the huge variety of our wrecks that range from famous Spanish galleons to freighters and war ships from the late 1900’s. and with Most of these dive sites within a short boat ride of the shore, sometimes as close as five minutes away from the docks of popular resorts and diving excursion starting points, we offer quite unique opportunities.”

             Established in 1992, Scuba Diving is the magazine divers trust for objective gear reviews, cutting-edge scuba training articles, underwater photography and video tips, and unbiased dive travel information. The publication’s website, ScubaDiving.com, hosts Diver To Diver, an online scuba community and dive forum featuring discussions on topics from dive resorts to the latest dive gear. For more information, visit www.scubadiving.com.