The Inner Wrigglers Pinnacle is a very steeply sided pinnacle. Rising up from the seabed in around 45m, to the top in around 26m. Covered in jewel anemones and pink sea fans, it is a very pretty dive site. The top of the pinnacle is very small and almost impossible to drop an anchor or shotline on, so be prepared to start the dive at 45m.
The Lady of the Isles was a cable layer for the navy at the time of it’s sinking. It was under tow when it hit a mine. It now lies in a depth of around 52m and is another easy trimix dive. Small enough to complete in a single trimix dive, the stern is quite intact while the bow section is quite broken.
The HMT Rinovia was a steam fishing vessel, requisitioned as a mine sweeper in 1939. In 1940, it hit a mine and sank. It now lies in around 55m and is a really nice shallow trimix dive. It is small enough to be covered in a single dive, even at this depth. Lying fairly intact and upright, it can have a covering of fishing nets, which are themselves, normally covered in Plumose anemones.
Little remains of the wreck of the requisitioned trawler, the Sevra (HMT or HMS). There is some discussion as to which wreckage belongs to the Sevra and that of the AN2, both were very similar ships and both used as mine sweepers. They sank within a few hundred metres of each other, within two days or each other and were both flattened at the same time in 1949 by HMS Caldy. After the levelling, the records got mixed up.
Not an easy site to find, it can be easily missed underwater too, it is quite flat.
Turnaware Bar is one of our fall-back locations. Sheltered from virtually every wind direction, it isn't a bad dive. The area was used during WWII by American Ships before the D-Day landings, every now and then a piece of nostalgia turns up. A mxaimum depth of 18m, a site that can only be dived at slack water.
Pencra Reef is a massively underrated reef. With several steep walls, gullies and a shallow area called Tol Peg. Full of life, it is often passed over in favour of the Manacles. In reality, it is a site worth diving if you like marine life. Tol Peg, even though it is shallow, is colourful and covered in Jewel Anemones.
The Andola was a 2045 ton, 84m long fully rigged sailing ship. It hit the Manacles Reef on 31/01/1895 in bad weather. Now well broken and lying quite flat it is an easy shallow dive, at a maximum depth of around 8-9m.
The Helford Pool is a natural pool in the Helford river where it narrows between Helford village and the Helford Passage. It is best dived just after high water on a spring tide. This increases the chance of better visibility and creates an exhilarating drift dive, out of the pool and into the estuary. Starting the dive at the west end of the pit, the drift will slowly take you to the east end where it will force you out into the shallows, past Maerl beds, and, depending on whether you swim north, east or south, you’ll end up in the Bone Yard, the Voluntary Marine Conservation Area or the Oyster Farm.
Over the years, lots of bits and pieces have ended up in the pool. Bottles of all ages are very common.
St Just Pool refers to an area within the Carrick Roads, it’s where the deep river channel turns from south to west causing a deep pool. Although we wouldn’t class it as one of our better dive sites, it is in an extremely sheltered area. With depths ranging from 4m to 30m, it is a ‘fall back’ dive site for when the sea is too rough to venture out. It usually has some interesting life including Thornback Rays, Hermit Crabs and Variegated Scallops. Rumour has it that there is some remains of a Sunderland Flying Boat in there somewhere, although we’ve never seen it, yet.
Kat’s Wall is a small area within St Just Pool that is covered in marine life. The dive starts at between 15-18m, the top of the wall is around 20m, the bottom at 25. The quantity of marine life is amazing.
Falmouth has a wide range of dives sites in all depths. Here is a list of our local dive sites between 12-18m deep.
- East Narrows Wall
- Stanwood Wreck
- St Just Pool
- Hera Wreck
- Rock Island Bridge Wreck (HW)
- Volnay Wreck (LW)
- Bizzies Reef
- Old Wall Reef
- Manacles Reef
- Lady Dalhousie Wreck
- Helford Pool and Drift Dive