Scuba diving in The Nebo Wreck

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From Boat
Diver level
Average: 18 m
Maximum: 28 m
Low to moderate
Average: 5 m
Maximum: 15 m

The Nebo Wreck sank along with her cargo of railway materials during her maiden voyage in May of 1884. It was officially reported that the ship had struck an uncharted pinnacle, but another version was that the weight of the railway bridge upon the deck could have caused the ship to capsize during a small storm. The wreck is pretty much broken up, especially the bow and midships, but is still a very good dive.

When to go

June through November is considered the best time for diving at Aliwal Shoal. The water temperature stays about 25C/77F in the winter and 19C/66F in the summer. Visibility is about 20m/65ft.

What to see

Her stern is fairly intact and the wreck serves as home to a large variety of reef and pelagic fish and also has a swim through located below the propeller, which was damaged in the grounding. The boilers and the cargo of railway girders are visible in the midships area. Among the marine species occupying the wreck divers can observe groupers, baitfish, barracuda, tuna, sharks and large schools of salmon.

Reachable from

Scottburgh, Park Rynie, Umkomaas

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