Ships Cemetery
Ships Cemetery
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Asem
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Aral Sea
I would like to tell you about a recent trip to the Aral Sea. The trip was made at the end of November, in a rather cool season. Since we turned to the travel agency ‘Besqala’, the SUVs took us from Nukus at 9.30 a.m. Around 1 p.m. we drove to the Muynak and had lunch at a local family’s house. After lunch we visited the local history and Aral Sea museums. Next to the Aral Sea museum there is a ‘Ship Graveyard’, in which you can feel the whole tragedy of the Aral Sea.
Around 4 p.m. we left Muynak to the Yurt Camp at the Aral Sea. On the way, we admired the views and the beautiful sunset. If you have motion sickness, then I advise you to take medicine with you, since the road to the Aral Sea takes about 4 hours and you will drive off-road.
When we reached the Yurt Camp, it was already dark; we had dinner and at night we managed to see the starry sky. It was magical; I think everyone should see such beauty at least once in their life.
We spent the night in yurts, and they were quite comfortable and warm. Since it was almost winter, we watched the sunrise around 8.30 a.m., then we had breakfast and went to the shore of the Aral Sea. The shore was very close to the Yurt Camp, so we got there pretty quickly. The shore was very unusual, there was a lot of foam. I strongly advise you to visit the Aral Sea in the warm season, so you would have the opportunity to swim. On the way back, we visited several historical sites, and also stopped to admire the beautiful views.
Despite the tragedy, the Aral Sea is still extremely beautiful, so I highly recommend everyone to visit it.
Written January 14, 2022
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Carlos Bobillo Barbeito
Ngozi, Burundi37 contributions
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Sep 2020
Unreal but real - Consequences of Aral sea disaster in Muynak Uzbekistan

We did a quick detour & stop during our Mongol Rally trip in 2016. We camped closed to the boats, I don´t know if it´s (still) allowed or not. Recommendable but a bit scary.

It´s impressive to see man´s stupidity, madness, and our negative influence on the environment is dramatically evident here - deserted area, the rusting ships are now more than a hundred miles from what's left of the Aral. It was once a busy Soviet fishing port on the Aral Sea — once one of the four largest lakes in the world — but today, nothing but desert (and maybe some camels if you´re lucky enough to spot them) remains. You can enter inside the boats (there´s no one around) and try to imagine how all this looked like. A bit depressing, but definitely worth seeing.

Owner & Copyright: Carlos Bobillo Barbeito
Written August 25, 2021
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Sammy J
Haifa, Israel83 contributions
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Sep 2021
There are about 10 ships.
They are totally stripped of anything could be stripped. You can see teenagers "I love A and B loves me C" graffiti in Russian on every spot.
But still... one really needs to see that with the own eyes for otherwise the entire trip is incomplete..
Some ships are a bit stranded and can be best reached by short walking over the sands. I one hr you make this walk, admit that this is very very sad and u r done.
Hurry up, coz the local rule aims at scrapping the entire thing away.
Written January 30, 2022
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Travlinfool
Santa Rosa, CA396 contributions
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Nov 2015 • Solo
It is entirely possible to get to Moynaq and then to the ships cemetery using public transport from Kungrad, the nearest "big city," about 1.5 hours away. At the end of November 2015 it cost me 5000 UZS (about 88 US cents at the time) on the public bus to the dusty town of Moynaq and another 2000 UZS (35 cents) for three of us in a shared taxi to get from the center to the far edge of the small town to see the ships.

The ships themselves are lined up in a row, with two are off to one side all on their own. They have been left to rust in the desert sands and overgrown brush since the Aral Sea has moved 100+ kilometers away from this once-thriving port town.

It's an interesting site, no doubt, if not a bit "planted," given the perfectly lined-up vessels. It is still a good place to get some decent photographs and to clamber about the ole rust-buckets, getting a real sense of what this place might have been like "back in the day." Don't wait too late in the day if you want good photographs, however, as the shadows of the nearby cliff (that used to be at water's edge) casts a deep shadow on the ships.

As others have posted, there isn't any accommodation in Moynaq so it is best to get there early, see the ships, and move on. In the winter the one and only hotel (which may or may not still be open in season - even the locals don't seem to really know) is boarded shut, throwing the option of staying the night out the window.

The journey back to Kungrad cost 6000 UZS on a smaller marshrutka (minibus) and took about an hour and a quarter. The availability of public transport is limited in winter, but if you are willing to pay the price, a shared taxi could cost between 10,000-15,000 UZS.
Written December 18, 2015
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blissfuljourneys
Malibu, CA126 contributions
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Jan 2019
THE largest men made ecological catastrophe in the world! the lake is GONE! and the little that's left KEEPS disappearing.
Written February 6, 2019
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Where Is The World
Grande Prairie, Canada894 contributions
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Aug 2017 • Family
Few people from the west have even heard of the Aral Sea, and yet what has happened here is one of the greatest tragedies of our time.

In the 1960s the Soviet Union decided to diver the two rivers that flowed into the north end of Aral Sea. The diverted fresh water was used primarily to irrigate the desert to grow crops. This effectively cut off the Aral Sea's source of life.

With no incoming water source the water level of the sea began to drop as the intense summer heat evaporated the seawater away.

As time passed, water levels continually dropped and the salinity of the sea steadily rose. Now the water is so salty that the sea cannot support life.

The fish disappeared, and with it the sea's fishing industry.

The ship cemetery is one of the most striking examples of how mankind has the power to make devastating decisions. A collection of rusted out, one-time fishing vessels now sits on what was once the sea floor, but now is just a desert dust-bowl.

The nearest seawater is over 200km away now. The surface area of the sea is now 6% of what it once was.

We booked a 2-day Aral Sea tour.
Day 1 started with an 08:00 pickup at our hotel in Nukus. We then drove for 2 hours on the highway to Kungirot, 3 more hours of bumping through the desert to have lunch on the shore of the freshwater lake south of the sea with a family of fishermen. After lunch we drove another 3 hours through the desert until we reached the southern shore of the Aral Sea. We swam in the salty waters for about an hour and then headed up to a yurt camp perched on the cliffside looking over the water where we stayed for the night.

Day 2 started with sunrise over the remnants of the sea, followed by breakfast and then more desert driving. We drove for about 1.5 hours until we drove down onto the dry seabed. After another hour of driving on the seabed we entered the area of the dried up sea that is being exploited for the natural gas reserves below. We saw dozens and dozens of drilling rigs, service rigs, and all manner of other natural gas facilities. I worked in the Canadian oil and gas industry for a number of years and I never saw intense oilfield activity like that taking place on the floor of the used-to-be Aral Sea. After passing through the gas fields, we drove for another hour or so until we arrived at Muynak.

The ship cemetery is right in the town of Muynak. The cemetery can be easily reached on a day-trip from Nukus but to visit the water it takes 2 days. The drive through the desert is very rough and slow and, even with the best 4x4, the max speed is 60 km/h.

It's an eerie place to visit but I'm glad we did before the sea is completely gone.
Written August 5, 2017
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Mamed Askerov
Tashkent, Uzbekistan586 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Friends
Just half a century ago Muynak used to have a quite developed fish industry. And before the USSR decided to divert the rivers that fed the Aral Sea for irrigation purposes, the sea itself used to be one of the four largest endorheic lakes in the world. Currently, it's just a sad reality of what the remaining population of Muynak see everyday -- ships' cemetery, awful ecological situation.

It's a long drive from Nukus. On one hand, it's a sad picture and nothing exciting to see. On the other, one must see what awaits the humanity if we don't take ecological issues seriously and think that we, human beings, can solve everything with a snap of a finger. Nope. Muynak and the ships' cemetery will prove you wrong...
Written October 25, 2015
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jonbennison
Shenzhen, China145 contributions
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Sep 2015
If you are reading this you probably know the story of the Aral sea and why it is now nearly all dried up. If you are in this region of Uzbekistan then I advise you spend a day in a taxi from Nukus to the Ship Cemetery. The scale of the disaster is both apparent at the lake shore where the rusting ships now lie and in the former fishing village of Muynak
Written January 20, 2016
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d_taddei
Hawick, UK458 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Friends
its pretty impressive experience in such a desolate area. If your visiting here chances are you are doing an Aral sea tour if not then you should, the area is vast and you travel by 4x4, you get to see and realise just how big the sea was and the how much the land has suffered. You drive along the sea bed that now resembles a vast desert. You will pass through Muynak and there's a museum about the aral sea in the old fish canning factory building which is worth a visit to get a better understanding of what happened.
A little tip if you are going to camp over at the Aral sea as most tours do, be prepared for the weather it might be warm in Nukus but in the aral sea temperatures can below freezing. When i was in Nukus i was wearing shorts and t-shirt it was that hot, but when i got to the area where we were camping at the edge of water at the Aral sea the temperature dropped down to -20 degrees C even the guides were struggling to stay warm. so take some warm clothing and a good jacket. I visited in October 2014. (please enjoy the pictures)
Written September 17, 2015
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Jihu Park
Uzbekistan10 contributions
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Oct 2021
If foreigners want to travel in Central Asia, they want to go Aral Sea and Muynak. Because it is known as environmental problem all over the world so that we also wanted to go there. Unfortunately, any kind of transportation can not go there. There are some traveling agencies like “Besqala Tour Agency”,which has suitable transports to travel in deserts such as Toyota Land Cruiser. It is fast and comfortable. If you want, agency can add apartment, breakfast, lunch and dinner. In my opinion, 1 day is not enough to travel to the Arall sea. Cost changes according to people’s plans and seasons. If you do not know where you want to go or do not know about places, agency will plan your traveling. However we had a 1 day traveling plan.
About 7 am our cars came and we went. After 2 hour way we got hungry. There is a good place to have rest called “Nayman Shayxana” in Kungrad. There are good national foods, drinks and snacks. From this place it starts deserts. We went these places first time so that we asked a lot of things that we had interested. As a joke they pretended we had gotten lost in the desert. Then they said “We can go to Muynak with closed eyes”. In the desert there are a lot of animals like camels, deer, snakes, lizards and birds. About 1 pm we went to Ustyurt Plateau. On the top of the plateau we saw very big spaciousness. The height of the plateau is about 150 meters. This place is beautiful and amazing. We left there and passed “Raushan” canal which is connected with “Sudochie Lake”. Drivers described the meaning of “Sudochie”. It is translated from local language as “ Suwi Duzshi” (suw-water, duzshi-unleavened). I can not believe there is a place like this in the desert. The next place was an old Lighthouse near the “Sudochie”. The height of the lighthouse is about 5 meters. We climbed on it. Because of the autumn yellow reeds around the lake looks like beautiful. We tried to go closer to the lake. There is an old hospital, school, fish factory named “ Aral Vostok” and ancient destroyed straw houses. But houses are almost nuance. There is also cellarage. It is very dark. Entering with phone flash is good but bigger light will help to see clearly in it. In the past people used is as fridge to keep fish fresher. At 3 pm we went to the Muynak and went to lunch in local houses. The host was very friendly and prepared very well. After leaving houses in 15 minutes we went “Graveyard Ships”(local people called ships on the sand, because they think ships are not ships without water). We walked here and took photos and we left. At 7 pm we came back Nukus. I can say that watching in photos or videos can not give emotion like within with your eyes. It was wonderful.
Written January 3, 2022
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