Dive Sites

Grey Seals

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Around Falmouth we have a colony of Atlantic Grey Seals. The resident adults can be found on Black Rock at low tide, at high tide they are around the bay feeding. There is also a haul out beach, where the seals haul out at low tide. We have seen up to 17 seals at one time, on the beach and in the water.

We have seen them in the water but they are never guaranteed. We do often see them from the boat, at all states of tide but again, as with all wildlife, nothing is guaranteed.

Atlantic Grey Seal

Atlantic Grey Seal

Pink Sea Fans

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Pink Sea Fans are a rare species of hard coral, although there are areas around Falmouth where they are prolific. Sites such as the Manacles, Outer Bizzies and even wrecks like the Volnay.

The local Pink Sea Fans are also home to the sea fan anemones and the sea fan nudibranch.

Pink Sea Fan

Pink Sea Fan

Pink Sea Fan sites are mainly only accessible by boat, they are usually in deeper water, deeper than 18m. They have been seen on wrecks as deep as 70m.

Sea Grass

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Around Falmouth area we have many Sea Grass sites. They are some off the beaches, so can be done as shore dives. There are some Sea Grass beds which can only be accessed by boat, such as the area off Carracknath and the southern Helford site.

The largest patch of Sea Grass around the Falmouth area, is within the Helford River. Although it can be reached from the shore, it is so big you won’t  be able to see it all. The further away from Durgan or Grebe, the more dense it gets.

Sea Grass zostera marina

Sea Grass Zostera Marina

We can take you to any of the Sea Grass sites in the area.

Full Boat Charter Only.

RFA Jersey Queen

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The Jersey Queen was requisitioned by the admiralty as a stores carrier. It hit a mine 06/10/1940 and sank in 56m of water.

Holland Rock

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A small pinnacle on the outer edge of the Whelps. So called due to a group of Dutch divers visiting the site many times over several years, it was one of their favourite dives. Covered in life, competing with some of the best reefs around Cornwall.

It is slowly becoming a favourite of the locals that have dived it.

Lath Rock

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Lath Rock is situated close to the centre of Veryan Bay. It is a pinnacle reef system that slopes down from around 7m down to 26m, even deeper as it slopes off more gently.

Covered in a range of marine life, it is a very scenic dive. Worthy of several visits, to explore it properly.

H.M.S. Primrose

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The HMS Primrose was a sailing gunship that hit the Manacles in 1809. Over the years it has been subject to various types of salvage, many times. What remains now are just a few cannon balls and some encrusted items. Every now and then something new is found but nothing of any great significance fr a long time.

At the church in St Keverne there is a carronade, removed from the HMS Primrose, it is visible from the road in front of the church.

Wessex Archaeology recently surveyed the Primrose, trying to work out if it was worth protecting, along with our help. They decided there wasn’t enough left to designate it as a protected site.

HMS Primrose cannonball

HMS Primrose cannonball

City of Ghent wreck

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The City of Ghent was a 616 ton, 64m long motor vessel. It hit Black Head but managed to get off, it was taking in water and started to list, then sank near the Lizard point on 15/11/1953.

It now lies upside down and although the superstructure has collapsed, it is reasonably intact. An excellent dive where tide timings are important. Maximum depth is around 35m.

City of Ghent today

City of Ghent today

Dive Site List

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WreckArea

Lost

Depth in M

01. ss StanwoodCarrick Roads

1939

18-26

02. EpsilonFalmouth Bay

1917

24

03. SevraFalmouth Bay

1941

16

04. Caroni RiversFalmouth Bay

1942

26

05. N.G. PetersenFalmouth Bay

1918

22

06. H.M.T. RinoviaFalmouth Bay

1941

52

07. Jersey QueenFalmouth Bay

1940

52

08. AndromedaPorthmellin Head

1915

7

09. sv HeraVeryan Bay

1914

18

10. Lady of the IslesGerrans Bay

1904

52

11. Rock Island BridgeHelford

1928

13

12. VolnayPorthallow Bay

1917

22

13. Bay of PanamaPorthallow Bay

1891

9

14. Lady DalhousieManacles

1884

12

15. SS MoheganManacles

1891

26

16. AndolaManacles

1895

10

17. H.M.S PrimroseManacles

1809

17

18. Port ChalmersLowland Point

1886

12

19. PindosChynalls Point

1912

12

20. RoseChynalls Point

1866

12

21. SS VeritasCoverack

1907

38

22. GodolphinBlack Head

1888

10

23. PlantagenetBlack Head

1897

10

24. Clan AlpineBlack Head

1873

12

25. GunvorPedn Boar

1912

12

26. CarmarthenKennack Bay

1916

23

27. CitrineKennack Bay

1955

23

28. BelluciaKennack Bay

1917

19

29. SocoaKennack Bay

1906

11

30. Clan MalcolmLizard

1935

16

31. Adolf VinnenLizard

1923

13

32. CzarLizard

1859

18

33. HansyLizard

1911

11

34. MoselLizard

1882

14

35. IlstonLizard

1917

46

36. Spyridion VaglianoManacles

1890

18

37. PonusFalmouth Bay

1916

7

38. UC92Falmouth Bay

1921

6

39. UB86 & UB112Falmouth Bay

1921

8

40. City of GhentLizard

1955

34

41. CarmalinaManacles

1917

54

42. Eric CalvertFalmouth Bay

1917

58

43. BretonneFalmouth Bay

1923

58

44. Great EasternFalmouth Bay

58

45. Cape FinistereFalmouth Bay

1917

60

46. SommeinaFalmouth Bay

1917

59

47. SpitalFalmouth Bay

1918

58

48. PlaneGerrans Bay

1942

32

49. Unknown WreckLizard

58

50. EskdaleFalmouth Bay

1943

70

51. RubaanLizard

1939

25

52. EastfieldDodman

1917

48

53. ButetownDodman

1918

49

54. UB113Dodman

1920

58

55. Lord SnowdenFalmouth Bay

1942

59

56. HanseyLizard

1911

12

57. UB118Dodman

1920

68

58. TugFalmouth Bay

1944

25

59. VinlakeFalmouth Bay

1917

58

60. DispatchBlack Head

1809

10

61. BrielBlack Head

1791

10

62. ActiveLizard

1942

32

63. BrestLizard

1906

12

64. Leon MartinFalmouth Bay

1940

14

65. BomberManacles

51

66. BrettLizard

1989

40

67. IbisLizard

1918

34

68. LydieFalmouth Bay1918

65

69. Ben AsdaleFalmouth Bay1978

0-5

70. HMS Torrid & The QueenCarrick Roads

8

ReefsAreaDepth (M)
100. The Old Wall ReefGerrans Bay

8 – 36

101. Bizzies ReefGerrans Bay

7 – 18

102. Outer Bizzies 13mGerrans Bay

15 – 32

103. Lath RockVeryan Bay

7 – 24

104. East Narrows WallCarrick Roads

14 – 36

105. Shore’s RockGerrans Bay

2 – 8

106. Wrigglers Inner PinnacleFalmouth Bay

28 – 54

107. Vase RockManacles

7 – 36

108. Pen Wyn ReefManacles

4 – 46

109. Half Way RocksManacles

10 – 32

110. Raglans ReefManacles

8 – 38

111. Foam RockLowland Point

5 – 22

112. The RazersBlack Head

10 – 26

113. Tol PegFalmouth Bay

8-30

114. Killigerran HeadGerrans Bay

8

115. Helford River VSACHelford

8

116. Helford Pool and DriftHelford

18

117. Carn DuManacles

6-36

118. Fraggle Rock & CaveFalmouth Bay

8

119. Newporth HeadFalmouth Bay

7

120. St Just PoolCarrick Roads

30

121. Trefusis HeadCarrick Roads

8

122. Turnaware BarCarrick Roads

18

123. The WhelpsGerrans Bay

6-30

124. Cannon BallFalmouth Bay

21

125. Seal CavesFalmouth Bay

9

126. PuskeysFalmouth Bay

17-34

127. MaenlandManacles

5-23

128. August RockHelford

3-12

129. East DavasLowland Point

6-14

130. Vrogue RockLizard

5-21

131. CannonsGerrans Bay

15

132. Gull Rock CavesGerrans Bay

10

133. Holland RockGerrans Bay

26-18

134. The ManaclesThe Manacles

0-44

Species SpecificAreaDepth (M)
135. Sea GrassFalmouth

1-10

136. MaerlFalmouth

4-10

137. Pink Sea FansFalmouth

18-70

138. Grey SealsFalmouth

0-10

Pen Wyn Reef

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Pen Wyn is one of many pinnacles on the Manacles Reef, sitting next to Vase Rock. The top of the rock is around 6m, with the sea bed as far away as 44m. Covered in anemones and corals, it is often described as an underwater garden. One of the U.K’s best reefs. It is so close to Vase rock that one dive could encompass both sites.