Ship's Cemetery (Graveyard)

Ship's Cemetery (Graveyard), Luanda

Ship's Cemetery (Graveyard)

Ship's Cemetery (Graveyard)
3.5
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DJLand
11 contributions
Easy Excursion
Aug 2021 • Friends
It’s simple to find - plug Cemiterio dos Navios into your Google maps search and you will have the route - it’s all gravel and dirt roads after the turn off from the main road.
Went in a small hatchback - no problems getting there. It may be more difficult in the rainy season.

No security concerns - there were plenty of local people on the beach.

Don’t need to describe the ships graveyard - just that there are plenty of them for kilometers up and down the coast.
Written August 24, 2021
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OscarFabio B
Luanda, Angola39 contributions
Isolation
Nov 2018
You are looking for an isolated and great place in the shore of Luanda, just get in there, getting there is not easy, since you required the assistance from a local person, as well there are gates all over the place which difficult the access, you must get over bushes in order to reach the shoreline, once there is amazing; the force of the ocean carving those scar int eh metal is amazing, if you are lucky enough to climb on top of one of those forgotten ships, you will enjoy
Written October 9, 2019
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Koos Venter
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
Barra do Dande
Sep 2019 • Friends
When the civil war started in Angola in 1974, the Portoguese had to flee for their lifes. They stranded the vessels in order for the MPLA to not use the ships against them.
Written September 13, 2019
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Goyo T
Madrid, Spain11 contributions
A beach out of the beaten track
Sep 2018
At 30 minutes drive north of Luanda there is a long beach with a dozen large ships abandonned on the sands, since the Angola civil war in the 80`s and 90`s. Difficult to find, better use a local driver. There has been some robbery, because of the loneliness on the beach.
Written August 7, 2019
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KirstenLM11
Johannesburg, South Africa186 contributions
Worth the trip
Feb 2019 • Business
Apart from the bad roads travelled in order to get there, it was worth it to take photos of this unusual part of Angolan history.
Written March 19, 2019
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Peter L
Doha, Qatar186 contributions
Amazing
Aug 2018 • Business
Worth the effort to get there. It is amazing to see so many ship wrecks in one place! We climbed onto a few, but be careful when doing so. It could be dangerous.
Written August 15, 2018
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Paul F
Luanda, Angola14 contributions
****************************** EXTREME CAUTION *******************************
Jul 2018 • Couples
This beach is quite isolated. We were robbed on this beach (with a machete). My advice is to stay only for long enough to take some photos and some quick exploring, and then leave. A longer stay (as we did) might invite opportunistic thieves to investigate if beach goers have something worth taking.
In any case, although the Ship Wrecks are interesting, there are far nicer and cleaner beaches elsewhere in the Luanda Region.
Written July 2, 2018
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Ella A
Luanda, Angola10 contributions
Scenic
Jul 2017
This place is a photographer, poet, or painter's dream. The brilliant water lashes against the ship carcasses, invoking a sense of awe and wonder regarding the story of each one. It is far away from the city but not so much that you have to pack for a whole day's trip in order to visit this beauty. Be sure to take a trusted local guide with you so you can ask questions about how this place came to be
Written June 19, 2018
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TravelReact
Dubai, United Arab Emirates21 contributions
Spot that won’t exist soon
Jun 2018 • Friends
Some locals call this place ‘titanic’ because of this ships. I have no idea why how these ships ended up here, so did my guide. The beach here is loaded with plastic waste, very sad to see. Partially are clean if you keep walking. You can not walk on the the ship as there were still a little far from the shore and the waves were fairly big.

The ships were old and rusty, locals where slowly taking the pieces off the ship and perhaps selling them. That’s why I said this spot won’t exist soon, which I have no idea how soon.
Written June 12, 2018
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Patrick H
Luanda, Angola42 contributions
Incredible beach junkyard
Nov 2017 • Friends
If you want a pristine beach to rest in the sun, go somewhere else.
This beach is incredible in terms of the amount of rubbish that the ocean currents deposit form Luanda onto the beach. Those same currents also dump over 50 shipwrecks onto or just off the shore. It is an amazing sight but expect it to be different.
You will need a 4x4 and a driver that knows where he is going and can speak Portuguese. It is not really a hassle to get there, but the tracks to the beach are poor (don't go after heavy rains). A couple of hours will probably suffice but it is one of those places you really do have to see it to believe it. No photo's do the place justice.
Another option would be to charter a boat (about 270,000Kz for the day) and go via water.
Written April 16, 2018
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