tabarka location


  • Date built: 1909
  • Builder: Wrf. voorh. Rijkee & Co., Rotterdam
  • Type: Steamship
  • Purpose: Cargo
  • Weight: 2886 ton
  • Length: 326.8ft
  • Beam: 44.1ft


Sunk to protect the entrance of Scapa Flow from enemy submarines, the Tabarka now rests in the strong tides of Burra Sound.

The fast current nourishes a rich array of fascinating life that plasters the sides of the wreck with a riot of colour and adds excitement to a dive that explores this unturned ship.

The Tabarka remains in divers’ memories long after they leave the water and becomes the subject of many tall fireside tales that grow longer with the telling!


Tabarka 3D Shipwreck Tour

On first appearance it is hard to see the appeal of this wreck. She is shallow, resting in 15m of water and in an area of extreme tides: at peak flow the water will run at 4 of 5 knots making for extremely tricky navigation through the channel. Find Out More...

dive boats

Book a Dive on the Tabarka Wreck

There is an array of dive boats operating in the Scapa Flow area. Covering all the main dive sites and offering either liveaboard style diving or day trips, there is an option to suit every diver. Find Out More...