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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Wreck Area

Lost

Depth in M

01. ss Stanwood Carrick Roads

1939

18-26

02. Epsilon Falmouth Bay

1917

24

03. Sevra Falmouth Bay

1941

16

04. Caroni Rivers Falmouth Bay

1942

26

05. N.G. Petersen Falmouth Bay

1918

22

06. H.M.T. Rinovia Falmouth Bay

1941

52

07. Jersey Queen Falmouth Bay

1940

52

08. Andromeda Porthmellin Head

1915

7

09. sv Hera Veryan Bay

1914

18

10. Lady of the Isles Gerrans Bay

1904

52

11. Rock Island Bridge Helford

1928

13

12. Volnay Porthallow Bay

1917

22

13. Bay of Panama Porthallow Bay

1891

9

14. Lady Dalhousie Manacles

1884

12

15. SS Mohegan Manacles

1891

26

16. Andola Manacles

1895

10

17. H.M.S Primrose Manacles

1809

17

18. Port Chalmers Lowland Point

1886

12

19. Pindos Chynalls Point

1912

12

20. Rose Chynalls Point

1866

12

21. SS Veritas Coverack

1907

38

22. Godolphin Black Head

1888

10

23. Plantagenet Black Head

1897

10

24. Clan Alpine Black Head

1873

12

25. Gunvor Pedn Boar

1912

12

26. Carmarthen Kennack Bay

1916

23

27. Citrine Kennack Bay

1955

23

28. Bellucia Kennack Bay

1917

19

29. Socoa Kennack Bay

1906

11

30. Clan Malcolm Lizard

1935

16

31. Adolf Vinnen Lizard

1923

13

32. Czar Lizard

1859

18

33. Hansy Lizard

1911

11

34. Mosel Lizard

1882

14

35. Ilston Lizard

1917

46

36. Spyridion Vagliano Manacles

1890

18

37. Ponus Falmouth Bay

1916

7

38. UC92 Falmouth Bay

1921

6

39. UB86 & UB112 Falmouth Bay

1921

8

40. City of Ghent Lizard

1955

34

41. Carmalina Manacles

1917

54

42. Eric Calvert Falmouth Bay

1917

58

43. Bretonne Falmouth Bay

1923

58

44. Great Eastern Falmouth Bay

58

45. Cape Finistere Falmouth Bay

1917

60

46. Sommeina Falmouth Bay

1917

59

47. Spital Falmouth Bay

1918

58

48. Plane Gerrans Bay

1942

32

49. Unknown Wreck Lizard

58

50. Eskdale Falmouth Bay

1943

70

51. Rubaan Lizard

1939

25

52. Eastfield Dodman

1917

48

53. Butetown Dodman

1918

49

54. UB113 Dodman

1920

58

55. Lord Snowden Falmouth Bay

1942

59

56. Hansey Lizard

1911

12

57. UB118 Dodman

1920

68

58. Tug Falmouth Bay

1944

25

59. Vinlake Falmouth Bay

1917

58

60. Dispatch Black Head

1809

10

61. Briel Black Head

1791

10

62. Active Lizard

1942

32

63. Brest Lizard

1906

12

64. Leon Martin Falmouth Bay

1940

14

65. Bomber Manacles

51

66. Brett Lizard

1989

40

67. Ibis Lizard

1918

34

68. Lydie Falmouth Bay 1918

65

69. Ben Asdale Falmouth Bay 1978

0-5

70. HMS Torrid & The Queen Carrick Roads

8

Reefs Area Depth (M)
100. The Old Wall Reef Gerrans Bay

8 – 36

101. Bizzies Reef Gerrans Bay

7 – 18

102. Outer Bizzies 13m Gerrans Bay

15 – 32

103. Lath Rock Veryan Bay

7 – 24

104. East Narrows Wall Carrick Roads

14 – 36

105. Shore’s Rock Gerrans Bay

2 – 8

106. Wrigglers Inner Pinnacle Falmouth Bay

28 – 54

107. Vase Rock Manacles

7 – 36

108. Pen Wyn Reef Manacles

4 – 46

109. Half Way Rocks Manacles

10 – 32

110. Raglans Reef Manacles

8 – 38

111. Foam Rock Lowland Point

5 – 22

112. The Razers Black Head

10 – 26

113. Tol Peg Falmouth Bay

8-30

114. Killigerran Head Gerrans Bay

8

115. Helford River VSAC Helford

8

116. Helford Pool and Drift Helford

18

117. Carn Du Manacles

6-36

118. Fraggle Rock & Cave Falmouth Bay

8

119. Newporth Head Falmouth Bay

7

120. St Just Pool Carrick Roads

30

121. Trefusis Head Carrick Roads

8

122. Turnaware Bar Carrick Roads

18

123. The Whelps Gerrans Bay

6-30

124. Cannon Ball Falmouth Bay

21

125. Seal Caves Falmouth Bay

9

126. Puskeys Falmouth Bay

17-34

127. Maenland Manacles

5-23

128. August Rock Helford

3-12

129. East Davas Lowland Point

6-14

130. Vrogue Rock Lizard

5-21

131. Cannons Gerrans Bay

15

132. Gull Rock Caves Gerrans Bay

10

133. Holland Rock Gerrans Bay

26-18

134. The Manacles The Manacles

0-44

Species Specific Area Depth (M)
135. Sea Grass Falmouth

1-10

136. Maerl Falmouth

4-10

137. Pink Sea Fans Falmouth

18-70

138. Grey Seals Falmouth

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.