The wrecks of Camp Bay, Gibraltar
Gibraltar, the British overseas territory, is known for its maritime history and great diving.
Gibraltar Reef is an ongoing project, which started in 1973, to enhance the abundance of marine life in the Mediterranean Sea surrounding Gibraltar by establishing a series of artificial reefs. This caused a stir in the media back in 2013 with Spain accusing Gibraltar of creating the reef just to hinder its fishing fleet.
Today the reefs are established and are doing wonders for the marine life and are proving a treat for divers.
Four of what are known as the ‘Spanish Barges’ are located at Camp Bay - one of the most popular dive sites in Gibraltar. The first two Spanish Barges were sunk in the 1950s after completing works on the jetty of Camp Bay. The third and forth were sunk in the 1980s, for the artificial reef project. These wrecks lie between 8m deep to 19m deep straight off Camp Bay Beach.
Between the four Spanish Barges are three other wrecks, which were added as part of the artificial reef project - the 482M, Batty’s Barge and the Karen of Devon.
This magnificent seven makes a perfect series of shore dives.
Camp Bay Barges #1 and #2 sit at only 8/9m deep, therefore easily accessible for all certified divers. Camp Bay Barges #3 and #4 are slightly deeper at 14m deep and 19m deep respectively.
On the wrecks, you find an abundance of octopus, cuttlefish, moray eels and conger eels.
Navy divers, as part of the Gibraltar Reef Project, sank the 482M in 1990. She sits upright on the sand bed, situated at a depth of 16m. Penetration is possible for the more adventurous divers.
Batty’s Barge sits close by the 482M, and again is upright at a depth of 14m. These artificial are so close together; you can easily explore in depth both wrecks