Dive Sites

Here is a list of the best wrecks and dive sites that we take you to in Scapa Flow and Shetland.
Each dive site gives you a comprehensive dive guide along with the history and are all accompanied with photos and videos to view.

S.M.S. Markgarf

S.M.S. Markgarf

Probably one of the most impressive dives that you will ever do, rising from a maximum depth of 47 meters at the bow, to 24 meters at its shallowest. This really gets the scale of these things into perspective, with her twin rudders standing 3.5 meters high, this is probably Scapas most iconic wreck.

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S.M.S. Konig

S.M.S. Konig

Today this wreck lies completely upside down with her bows pointing in a northerly direction. The König sits in 40 meters of water with the hull rising up to 24 meters, this offers something for almost every level of diver. She is the most damaged of all the German fleet wrecks due to the extensive salvage operations by Nundy's (Metal Industries). For that very reason she makes for a most interesting dive, as this is the only wreck where we're allowed to view the internal workings of these mighty battleships.

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S.M.S. Kronprinz Wilhelm

S.M.S. Kronprinz Wilhelm

The Kronprinz lays upturned in 38 meters of water with her port side uppermost and rises to as little as 12 meters at its shallowest.

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S.M.S. Dresden

S.M.S. Dresden

The Dresden lays on her port side at a depth ranging from 23 meters at the bow and down to 38 meters at the stern. From the surface to hull it's around 20-22 metres. Fantastic dive for all levels.

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S.M.S. Brummer

S.M.S. Brummer

The Brummer rests on her starboard side in a depth of around 36 meters of water, and rises to a depth of around 22 meters. A nice easy dive for all levels with very little current.

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S.M.S. Coln

S.M.S. Coln

The Cöln lies on her starboard side in 34-36m, with the top of the wreck at around 22m. She is in very good condition with lots of life and very little current, the shotline is usually tied in at the lifeboat davit at around 22 meters making for a very easy dive, and usually our first dive of the week.

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S.M.S. Karlsruhe

S.M.S. Karlsruhe

The Karlsruhe lies on her starboard side with a list of about 45 degrees, she rests in a maximum depth of 27 meters and raises up to around 16 meters. She is the shallowest and most broken up of all the German fleet wrecks, but she is also the prettiest with lots of fish and marine life.

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S.M.S. Bayern

S.M.S. Bayern

The Bayern turrets are the four turrets left behind after she was salvaged by Cox and Danks in September of 1934.

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V-83

V-83

A very easy shallow dive, the V-83 sits upright on a slope with a maximum depth of 15 meters at the stern and gradually shallows up in towards the beach where she becomes very broken up.

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S.M.S. Seydlitz

S.M.S. Seydlitz

This dive site is the scrap site of the battle cruiser S.M.S. Seydlitz which was eventually salvaged by Cox and Danks. She makes for an interesting shallow second dive, especially good for those that enjoy a bit of a rummage.

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Gobernador Bories

Gobernador Bories

The Gobernador Bories makes for an excellent shallow second dive laying in around 15 meters of water. The water here is very clear and tidal and can only be dived during slack.

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Tabarka

Tabarka

The Tabarka is another great shallow second dive, she lies upside down in 12 meters of very tidal water, and can only be dived during slack. This is a big big favourite and is always asked for.

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F2  & YC-21 Salvage Barge

F2 & YC-21 Salvage Barge

In my opinion the F2 and Barge is one of the best wreck diving sites in the Flow, two wrecks for the price of one and in only 15 meters of water, this makes for an ideal second dive of the day.

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UB-116

UB-116

This wreck lays in 27 meters and is very broken up and scattered along with part of the hull containing the engine area. You can still see the Hydro Planes at the stern with lots of lead and pipe around and some very nice brass worming gear, there is a lot of brass laying around. The bottom consists of sand, and various pieces of gear including a deck winch with the drum buried in the sand. Steel frames sticks out of the sand poking up into the water and the whole wreck is very picturesque.

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James Barrie

James Barrie

This is a steam fishing trawler laying in 40 to 44 meters of very clear tidal water. Situated just off Hoxa Head, the steam to the wreck site is approximetely two hours from Stromness and needs to be dived at slack water. She makes for an excellent dive and a big favourite for many.

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M.V. Mara

M.V. Mara

22 meter ex Scapa liveaboard dive vessel laying on her starboard side.

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Stanger Head

Stanger Head

Fantastic wall dive, very scenic both above and below, lots of life and a chance for the hunter gatherer.

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The Barrel Of Butter

The Barrel Of Butter

We offer the chance to swim with the seals at the Barrel of Butter. We do this between dives and have found that just snorkeling gave much more interaction and allows you to get close to basking seals.

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U-297

U-297

The U-297 is a type V11C German U-boat from the second world war, she lays fully intact in a maximum depth of 87 meters.

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Glenisla

Glenisla

This classic steamship is a must do, sitting upright in 45 meters on a sandy seabed, she is an absolute must do. Permission must be granted first by Lerwick Port Control as this wreck lays in the main fairway at the southern entrance to Lerwick Harbour.

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Gwladmena

Gwladmena

Classic iron steamship laying upright in 39 meters of none tidal water.

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Lunokhods-1

Lunokhods-1

This Latvian registered Klondiker is a very modern wreck having only been on the bottom for the last 23 years. It is a truly fantastic dive that has split into three individual sections. There has been no salvage on this wreck and so contains all it's fixtures of stainless steel and brass.

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E-49

E-49

A truly memorable dive due to the crystal clear waters that surround, you can normally see the wreck laid out from just a few meters below the surface.

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The Jane

The Jane

A beautiful dive in very clear tidal waters that must be dived during slack.

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Pionersk

Pionersk

This is a huge 165 meter Latvian Klondiker laying in very shallow water close into the rocks at Trebister. She is very broken up, but with no salvage having taken place she makes for an incredible dive and so rare these days to find a wreck un touched.

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Samba

Samba

A nice scenic dive, much of the wreck has broken up and gone.

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Mfv Fraoch Ban

Mfv Fraoch Ban

A lovely wreck with good visibility and very little tide.

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Noss Head

Noss Head

Noss Head on the Isles of Noss has to be one of the most stunningly impressive sites you will ever visit let alone dive.

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Giants Legs

Giants Legs

A truly spectacular place to dive, stunning above and below, this is a cave that stretches 120 meters into the cliffs under the Giants Legs.

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Muckle Flugga & Outstack

Muckle Flugga & Outstack

Muckle Flugga and the small island to the northerly naibor Out Stack is the most northerly point of the UK, certainly one to tick off especially if you've already dived Lands End

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Leonatus

Leonatus

This is a lovely wreck laying in two parts upright in 60 meters of very clear water. Her position is such than we can accommodate mixed groups of both air and Trimix divers in a single day.

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Asia

Asia

A great dive, her position is such that we can accommodate mixed groups of air and Trimix divers within a single day.

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