Shipwreck Diving in Harbour Island

Shipwreck diving is one of the most popular and thrilling activities for divers of all levels. With over 3,000 shipwrecks scattered across the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas, it’s easy to see why this destination is a paradise for wreck diving enthusiasts.
Some of the most popular shipwreck sites in the Bahamas are located in Harbour Island.

Shipwreck diving in Harbour Island is not only exciting and thrilling, but it also provides divers with a unique opportunity to explore the history and heritage of the region. From ancient Spanish galleons to modern cargo ships, the shipwrecks are a treasure trove of fascinating stories and discoveries that are waiting to be explored by adventurous divers

Here are a few of the remnant shipwrecks you will encounter during your dive in the area of the Devil Backbone:
The William – Captained by William Sayles, while leading the Eleutheran Adventurers from Bermuda, it wrecked during rough seas in October 1648, losing most of its supplies and one of the colonists aboard.
USS Boston – American 18-gun sloop warship weighed 700 tons and was 127 feet long; its wrecked on the north side reef in November 1846.
The Train Wreck – a barge carrying a train and several rail cars struck a reef during a violent storm in 1865. It sank with the train still on board. The wreck lies in 15 to 25 feet of water.
The Cienfuegos – this steam-powered American passenger ship was 292 feet long and weighed 2,332 tons. On February 5th, 1895, it ran aground during a strong northwest wind. The wreck lies in 10 to 35 feet of water.

Don’t get too close to the reef! Be vigilant when anchoring off the Devil’s Back and take caution when nearing the corals.