Eriyadu: Plenty of wrecks to dive on
At Euro-Divers Eriyadu, we are lucky enough to house 4 different wreck sites, so there are plenty of choices to pick the perfect one. If wreck diving is your passion, then this can be the location for you.
The first wreck site is called the Hembadhoo and is found 45 minutes away from Eriyadu resort. This wreck is a former tugboat and got sunken by the dive center back in 1988. It is about 16 meters long and lies around 22 meters in depth. The top is at 15 meters, so it’s quite shallow and easy to access. Inside the wreck, you can find many wonderful creatures using this wreck as their personal reef. There is also a small wall nearby where most of the time you will finish the dive.
SS Sea Gull
The SS Sea Gull wreck is the furthest away from the resort and takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach, but once you are there, it will be worth the travel. The SS Sea Gull was a 1012 tons steamboat and was wrecked with a crew of 32 and 3 passengers back in 1879. There isn’t a lot more known with certainty about the history of this wreck and there are even some confusions about the origin of the ship. Most of the wreck has been decaying over time, but there is some great historical value as it is the oldest wreck around. After visiting the wreck, you can even stop by a cave found around 30 meters in depth.
The Erlangen wreck is named after the German city it originated from. The wreck lies around 1-2 kilometers west of the ‘east channel’ of the Gaafaru atoll. It will take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes to reach. The Erlangen ship traveled from Colombo to Hamburg when it got wrecked back in 1894. Many of the remains can be found on the top of the reef between 5 and 15 meters of depth, but the main part is found over 40 meters of depth.
The Lady Christine wreck can be found 1 hour and 15 minutes away from the resort, 1 kilometer south of the ‘west channel’ of Gaafaru. The vessel got shipwrecked while laying down communication cables and accidentally ran into the reef in 1974. The wreck itself is found at 40–45 meters of depth and can even be seen from the surface with good visibility. At 30 meters of depth, you can even find a cave that holds one of the doors from the ship.