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Scuba Diving in Scapa Flow Hot

Dive area / region : Scapa Flow - See the map Scuba Diving in Scapa Flow

Best diving season : June  •  July  •  August  •  September
Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days
Number of dive sites : 6 to 10 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 11-15C : Full Wetsuit
Average visibility : 21 - 25 meters
Average dives depth : 20 Meters
Type of currents : Medium level currents
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Medium conditions
Wreck types : Recent world ships  •  Artificial wrecks  •  War ships
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Type of marine life : Anemone  •  Corals  •  Dolphins  •  Jelly fish  •  Lobster  •  Moray Eels  •  Plants  •  Reef Fish  •  Sea urchins  •  Seals - Sea Lion  •  Softcoral  •  Sponge  •  Star fish  •  Turtles  •  Worms
Presence of caves / caverns : No


Suit: A drysuit is recommended

Type of diving: wreck dives & seals


After the armistice, seventy-four ships of the German High Seas Fleet were ordered into Scapa Flow to be interned. They arrived in November 1918, and stayed there for 10 months. During this time, they became a tourist attraction, with boat trips to see them. By June 1919, Rear Admiral von Reuter, the German Officer in command at Scapa Flow, knew that Germany would have to accept surrender terms. When the main part of the British Fleet left the flow for exercises he gave the order for the German fleet to be scuttled.

Scapa is high up on many divers “to do” list, and here is how to go and do it! Rated as one of the 10 best diving locations in the world it is a must for a wreck diver.

All the wrecks are cool, but the one at shallow 18 m dive is a real beauty. One of the block ships, but only dived on slack as the tide when rushes and you would not want to be inside it when it is running. Covered in life, gin clear water -like a cathedral a beautiful place. Worth the trip and the one of surprises of Scapa.


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