Sure scuba diving sounds cool, but it’s 2019 and we’re all up for taking it a notch higher. This list of best wreck dives around the world will help your purpose. By Shubhanjana Das

When scuba diving to find ship wrecks at the bottom of the ocean, you can be sure to spot some old ships which bear significant history to their name but weren’t as fortunate so as to survive the wreck. Yes, the Titanic is on that list too! They now make for the real treasures under the sea and are habitat for some of the most unique underwater life. The following are the best wreck dives around the world for the ultimate adventure of the year.

1. USS Oriskany, Florida

After serving the US armed forces since 1945 and being active in all armed conflicts between then and the final decommissioning in 1976, the magnificent beauty, Oriskany was purposefully sunk in 2006 to make an artificial reef off the coast of Florida. A former aircraft carrier, Oriskany’s USP can be described as magnanimous with a size of 880 foot in length and weight more than a whopping 30,000 tons. The ship was emptied of any hazards to the environment or the divers, and is now a delight for professional divers who are allowed to venture into the deeper sections of the vessel.

2. MS Zenobia, Cyprus

With a longer history under water than above, MS Zenobia in Cyprus is a 178 metre Swedish ferry, which saw the light of the day last in 1980 outside Lacarna, Cyprus, a few kilometres short of completing her journey. The crew was safely evacuated but the ship took down with her 200 million pounds worth of cargo due to technical problems. It is now a thriving ground for a mesmerising variety of multitude 42 metres below the surface. It makes for a phenomenal dive with options for divers with all levels of certifications.

3. RMS Titanic, North Atlantic Ocean

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🇬🇧| Fresh footage has revealed the rapidly deteriorating state of the RMS Titanic, in the first expedition to the wreck in 14 years. An international team of deep-sea explorers surveyed the Titanic, which lies 3,800 metres down in the Atlantic ocean. #titanic #rmstitanic #news #wreck #titanicwreck #olympicclass #whitestarline #whitestar #exploring #footage #expedition #atlantic #ocean #atlanticocean #northatlantic #ship #oceanliner #video 🇪🇸| Nuevas imágenes en alta definición del Titanic muestran que algunos de los restos del transatlántico británico se están perdiendo en el mar. Un equipo internacional de exploradores, dirigido por el explorador Victor Vescovo, inspeccionó los restos del Titanic, sumergidos en las profundidades del Atlántico a más de 3.800 metros de la superficie.

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While the history of how this magnificent beauty met its fate is known to the world, only a handful get to witness it in its present state. In April 1912, while making her journey from Southampton to New York City, she famously sunk after hitting an iceberg and now lies on the bed of the North Atlantic, split into two, 600 metres apart. Explorers were allowed eight-day trips to the wreck starting May 2018, which is open to only nine guests at a time, who are flown by a helicopter to the support yacht from St John’s, Newfoundland.

4. SS Yongala, Australia

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Divers claim it's the most beautiful shipwreck in the world 🙏 Now encrusted in coral, the S.S. Yongala sank off the coast of Queensland during a cyclone in 1911. 122 people tragically lost their lives, as did a racehorse called Moonshine and a red Lincolnshire bull named Big Blue. Today, it provides shelter for manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks and schools of fish. We've put together a list of the world's most spectacular shipwrecks on wanderlust.co.uk – link in profile. #wanderlust #wanderlustmag #wanderlustmagazine #travelgram #lovetotravel #exploretheworld #seetheworld #instatravel #meettheworld #escapism #instaexplore #wandertheworld #shipwreck #ssyongala #queensland #divingphotography #instadive #divetrip #divelife #itsabandoned #scubadivers #underwater #underwaterworld #uwphotography #underwaterphotography

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Yongala lies in the world heritage site of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park after it sank in 1911 off the coast of Queensland due to a cyclone. Its 110 metre length is now populated by manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks, clouds of fish and beautiful coral. However, in 1981 the Yongala was given official protection under the Historic Shipwrecks Act, which is to say that divers are not allowed into the wreck.

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