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Titanic: Diving to the famed shipwreck

Next year, intrepid explorers will have the chance to climb inside a submersible and visit the world’s most famous shipwreck

Titanic: Diving to the famed shipwreck
Titanic. Image: SuperStock

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Under the sea
Fewer than 200 people have visited the luxury liner ‘God himself could not sink’ since it descended to its watery grave off the coast of Newfoundland in 1912. But that’s set to change — London-based travel company Blue Marble Private is offering nine ‘mission specialists’ the chance to join an expedition to the shipwreck. Explorers with deep pockets will need to shell out $105,129 (£84,680) — the equivalent price of a first-class ticket on the Titanic, after inflation — for the eight-day, deep-ocean mission in May 2018, with further dives scheduled for 2019. Each 90-minute descent, in a titanium and carbon fibre submersible, will take passengers through a world of bioluminescent sea creatures, before the craft glides over the ship’s deck, bow and grand staircase.

Above the surface
Rather not swim with the fishes? Sleep above them instead in a life-size replica of the Titanic. Due to open in 2018, the bizarre attraction and floating hotel will be permanently docked in China’s Qijiang River. It will feature a simulation of the iceberg crash, and the chance to tuck into the same menu as the diners on the vessel’s ill-fated maiden voyage.

All aboard
Experience the sinking of the Titanic before exploring the wreck with Titanic VR, a virtual reality game created by David Whelan — due for release at the end of this year.

  • 2,225 people boarded the Titanic
  • 705 survived the disaster
  • 1985 the year Robert Ballard discovered the wreck
  • 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland
  • 2.5 miles beneath the sea
BVI Art Reef project. Image: Owen Buggy Photography

BVI Art Reef project. Image: Owen Buggy Photography

British Virgin Islands: Take the plunge

From weapon of war to vessel for life, a Second World War ship — suspected to be one of five remaining from the Pearl Harbor attack — nearly sent to scrap has been reclaimed as an underwater art installation, dive site and marine life habitat. Funded in part by Sir Richard Branson, the BVI Art Reef project sees the Kodiak Queen topped with a rebar-and-mesh kraken (sea creature) whose 80ft tentacles wrap around the boat. Suit up and dive off the coast of Virgin Gorda to see the tentacles come alive with marine life.

Published in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)