It is estimated that there are over 5,000 shipwrecks on New Jersey’s coast, from vessels that are hundreds of years old to more modern wrecks.
Wreck Valley, which runs between New York’s Long Island and New Jersey, holds hundreds of shipwrecks in a 96 km swathe. The USN Algol fought in WWII and the Korean War and was sunk intentionally for divers. It is a beauty to behold, nearly completely encrusted by a thick armor of scallops and mussels.
Don’t think that New Jersey’s dive sites are found only in the sea, there are a couple of inland, freshwater sites that are worth a gander. At the Delaware River Water Gap you can check out train wreckage, including a boxcar full of empty beer bottles.
The best time to go diving in New Jersey is March- April and September-November. Most divers will opt for a 5/7mm wetsuit in the summer months with a drysuit in the winter months.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Fly into JFK or Newark airport. Buses and taxis are your best bet in the city, but you will be better off renting a car during your diving trips to regions that are a little farther out.