The Nahoon shipwreck

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The Nahoon shipwreck

The Nahoon shipwreck

The Nahoon shipwreck is one of the best dives in Martinique. The boat was purposefully sunk in 1993 by a few dive centres and the Regional Tourism Committee, aiming at building an artificial reef for divers. Initially, this three-mast, built in 1911 was used to maintain the buoys and beacons in the North Sea under the name "Quinette de Richemond'. It moved down to serve around the Gironde estuary in France, then in Madagascar and eventually ended up in Point à Pitre, Guadeloupe. It was bought over in 1967 as a floating wreck by Henry Wakelan, who fixed and transformed it into a training and practise boat; he renamed it 'Le Nahoon'. It cruised the Caribbeans for just under 20 years and was left, abandonned, in the bay of Fort de France in 1984. Today it lies flat 35 meters deep on a sandy bottom, very well preserved. On the way down you can see the last mast standing up, with its rigging swinging about in the current... Check out the main deck and the impressive wheel, the dock and the forward cabin: a stunning amount of marine life has settled down there! Barracudas, snappers, crayfish, trevallies, giant morays and more await you. Don't miss this dive, it is truly magical... especially at night!

The Nahoon shipwreck is one of the best dives in Martinique. The boat was purposefully sunk in 1993 by a few dive centres and the Regional Tourism Committee, aiming at building an artificial reef for divers. Initially, this three-mast, built in 1911 was used to maintain the buoys and beacons in the North Sea under the name "Quinette de Richemond'. It moved down to serve around the Gironde estuary in France, then in Madagascar and eventually ended up in Point à Pitre, Guadeloupe. It was bought over in 1967 as a floating wreck by Henry Wakelan, who fixed and transformed it into a training and practise boat; he renamed it 'Le Nahoon'. It cruised the Caribbeans for just under 20 years and was left, abandonned, in the bay of Fort de France in 1984. Today it lies flat 35 meters deep on a sandy bottom, very well preserved. On the way down you can see the last mast standing up, with its rigging swinging about in the current... Check out the main deck and the impressive wheel, the dock and the forward cabin: a stunning amount of marine life has settled down there! Barracudas, snappers, crayfish, trevallies, giant morays and more await you. Don't miss this dive, it is truly magical... especially at night!

The Nahoon shipwreck is one of the best dives in Martinique. The boat was purposefully sunk ...

Other information

Depth
  • More than 40
Required scuba diving level / certification
Advanced - CMAS 2 with experience
Boat trip duration
15 minutes
Fauna
  • Barracudas
  • Moray eels
  • Crayfish
  • Stonefish
  • Angelfish
  • Porcupinefish
  • Spanish Mackerels
  • Tube sponge
  • Vase sponge

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