FreeDiving Day Itinerary Eastern wrecks & reefs

Departing from Mylor Yacht Harbour, near Falmouth, at 10:00, the boat heads east. Arriving at our first site, the sailing vessel (sv) Hera Wreck (18m high water springs, 13m low water springs) around 10:30. The wreck was a steel four masted sailing barque, that sank in 1914 after hitting the Whelps rocks off of Gull Rock, a small island. A shot line will be dropped on the shallowest part of the wreck, a large frame work which is the remains of the bow. The top of this framework is around 4m off of the seabed, making the top as shallow as 9m at low water. The frame is covered in life, jewel anemones, plumose anemones and dead mans fingers (soft corals) adorn it. Large pollack cruise around the frame, whilst the rest of the wreck is a home to several species of wrasse. The flatter wreckage does get a covering of kelp during the summer months, this makes it easier to spot as it lies on a sandy sea bed.

Around 12:00 the boat will head a very short distance to Gull Rock, an island close to the Hera, where the boat will anchor up. Around Gull Rock there are a range of sloping reefs and shallow wall dives, there are also a couple of shallow caves which can be investigated. You can pick and choose where you dive. It is also a good spot to stay for lunch.

Around 14:30 the boat will make way for the wreck of the sv Andromeda. A shallow wreck lying very close to the shore. At a maximum depth of around 8m (HW), the Andromeda was an almost identical ship to the Hera. It has been heavily salvaged but is well known for being bright and colourful with a lot of life. A small tunnel cave through the headland can also be home for a local seal, they commonly haul out at a beach next to the wreck. There are also some interesting sandy bottomed gullies around the area. A great spot for some end of day relaxing.

The boat leaves the Andromeda wreck around 15:45, heading back to Mylor, where there are some lovely warm showers. Estimated arrival time is around 16:00