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  • The Wrecks of Bell Island
    All day
    16/07/31-16/08/07
    17 Stanleys Road, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 5H9, Canada
    17 Stanleys Road, Conception Bay South, NL A1W 5H9, Canada
    A full week of diving on the wrecks of Bell Island; four ore carriers laying just off the island in the cold waters of Conception Bay, Newfoundland.Depths range from around 20 metres to 43 metres (70 - 145 feet), and these are spectacular dives.Full tech package is $2,000 and covers accommodations tank rentals, kitty litter for CCR divers, and unlimited nitrox fills.All four wrecks off Bell island were victims of torpedo attacks by German submarines during WWII: two incidents each resulting in two vessels sunk.English-built merchant ships, all four were helping the war effort by shipping iron ore from the mines on the Bell Island to their final destinations across Atlantic. All four follow a similar design with superstructure amidships, massive cargo holds, and superstructure at bow and stern. And all four are in good shape, covered in marine life, and offer excellent opportunities for photographs and exploration.Water is cold (whales and iceberg sightings are possible), but the hot boat lunches between dives, potential for awesome visibility, and density of fish and invertebrates make up for it.Over the course of a week, we’ll show you some of the world’s best preserved wrecks. With five days of diving, you’ll discover the secrets of all four of the famous Bell Island shipwrecks. Intact and upright on the bottom, over 400 ft long, and in virtually the same conditions as the day they were sunk by German U-boats in 1942, these wrecks are sure to have you coming back again.Along with exploring the shipwrecks, this tour features seven nights’ accommodations, five days of diving (two dives a day), and includes tanks (2 x 80 cuft alum), air, on-boat lunches on dive days, and complimentary airport shuttle service. However, nitrox and additional equipment rentals are extra.

    Sample Itinerary

    (This is from Ricky at Ocean Quest and is for discussion only, but pretty typical)Day OneArrival at St. Johns, Newfoundland (Airport code is YYT. BE AWARE that there is a city in Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia) named Saint John... different place altogether). Meet and greet. This will give you an opportunity to get your gear in order for the next day’s dives.Day TwoTwo dive day on the PLM-27 and Saganaga. The shallowest of the the four wrecks, the PLM-27 (50 feet to the deck), will provide you a great start to your shipwreck diving adventure. The second shallowest of the wrecks, the Saganaga, features amazing swim throughs and a couple oddities. During this dive, you’ll find out just what that anchor is doing on the deck.Day ThreeTwo dive day on the Lord Strathcona. The second deepest of the wrecks, the Strathcona, will provide a higher level of preservation, while allowing for longer bottom times.Day FourTwo dive day on the Rose Castle with an "off-gassing" dive to follow on PLM-27. The deepest of the wrecks, the Rose Castle is the best preserved wreck. Her rigging is still intact, and the Marconi Room is not to be missed!The evening of the fourth day will also feature your optional Screech-In, where you will become an honorary Newfoundlander (Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt that bad).Day Five & SixTwo dive day on two of the Bell Island wrecks. Weather and group dependent.Day SevenDay of rest to get you ready for your flight home. In the unlikely event of a “blow out”, this day may be used to get your fifth day of diving in. If in season, you can choose to add a Close Encounter with Humpback Whales tour where you will snorkel with whales for half of the day.Day EightDeparture, and as you are now an honorary Newfoundlander, you’re welcome back anytime! Especially to explore the wrecks, as there is too much to see in just one week![caption id="attachment_120" align="alignright" width="600"]our ride across Conception Bay from the resort to the dive sites our ride across Conception Bay from the resort to the dive sites[/caption]        More information? Ask me>>>

 

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