Scapa Flow is a mecca for the wreck divers from across the world because of its prime historical importance in both World Wars.
This natural harbour is home to the German First World War High Seas Fleet that they scuttled during the armistice negotiations, where over 70 vessels were sank to the seabed in one day. While subsequent salvage operations by Cox & Danks and Metal Industries reduced this number significantly a wealth of these unique boats still remain. There are Three 26,000 tonne battleships (SMS König, Kronprinz, & Markgraf), Four 5.500 tonne light cruisers (SMS Brummer, Coln, Dresden, Karlsruhe), and a host of smaller vessels to explore catering for all diving experiences.
Some areas such as Burra Sound and Hoxa are tidal and therefore dived at slack water. The entrance to Burra Sound used to be marked by the wreck of the Inverlane, sunk as a blockship to prevent enemy access to the Flow. The Tabarka, Doyle and Gobernador Boreis all remain in water around 18m deep, making perfect second dives. The current scours the wrecks clean and keeps the visibility excellent making this spot the photographers dream.
For more information about the remaining German High Seas Fleet wrecks please click orange markers on map below.