Scuba diving in UK I I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers


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SCUBA DIVING IN UK: most wrecks spots in the world. Divers’ Reviews
Normally you would not associate the UK with scuba diving, but both lake diving and site by the coast will surprise with its diversity. From kelp forests to the largest number of wrecks in the world, extensive cave systems, deep wall dives and cold water reefs, the United Kingdom offers plenty of diving options. The best dive spots are found in England, with over a 100 different dive sites between fresh water and costal diving. Scotland has amazing wrecks and Wales has a perfect mix of good diving and great hiking.

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Scuba diving in UK I I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN UK Most shipwrecks spots in the worldNormally you would not associate the UK with scuba diving, but both lakediving and site by the coast will surprise with its diversity.From kelp forests to the largest number of wrecks in the world, extensive cavesystems, deep wall dives and cold water reefs, the United Kingdom offers plentyof diving options.The best dive spots are found in England, with over a 100 different dive sitesbetween fresh water and costal diving.Scotland has amazing wrecks and Wales has a perfect mix of good diving andgreat hiking. 2
  3. 3. ENGLAND, COLD WATERS BUT LOTS OFWRECKS & SHARKS DIVESThe south coast of England is famous for wrecks, over 100 wreck sites! The steadycurrents give you the opportunity to carry out great drift dives as well.Dive areas in the south-east can be accessed from London or Plymouth. There arelive aboards that offer itineraries to go wreck diving in the English Channel.To the south-west, Cornwall has very good dive sites; cage shark diving is possiblefrom Padstow and Bude. You can expect to see blue sharks and baskingsharks (second largest shark species after whale sharks). PlymouthBreakwater’s wrecks are very interesting, a highlight is the HMS Scylla, aLeander-class frigate of the Royal Navy sank to form an artificial reef.Lundy Island has been declared Site of Special Scientific Interest and itsmarine reserve has pretty unique flora and fauna. Gannet Rock has large bouldersfull of corals. The Carmine Filomena wreck is an interesting dive site good formacro life 3
  4. 4. The Isles of Scilly, on the southwest tip of Cornwall, are in the path of the GulfStream. Here you can choose from canyons, reefs and wreck dives. There are56 islands and underwater you will find many rocks made of granite withsparkling quartz and mica, adding to the beauty of the dive sites.There are over 500 wrecks beneath these waters, most of them covered withbeautiful corals and plenty macro life. Seals, basking sharks and porpoisesswim these waters.Traveling between the islands in water taxis or ferry is commonly done but thebest way to explore and make the best of the Isles of Scilly is by live aboard.The north-east of England has incredible dive sites too, plenty of pollockshoaling around the Cadmus and Pandora wrecks, and in the must-seeFarne Islands, accessed from Beadnell, you will see many seals. There ishealthy kelp and soft coral population in the area around the famous wreck ofthe Abyssinia, a German steamer that sank in 1921. Usually seal pups will joinyou during this dive! 4
  5. 5. Travelling in England is easy and has excellent public transportation.In Cornwall you can visit the Tintagel Castle, where the story of King Arthurbegan, or visit one of the over 140 beaches.The Lake District in Cumbria is an inspiring destination with an amazinglandscape.Liverpool’s hip hotels and the abundant art galleries and museums outside ofLondon make a great day activity. If you are a football (soccer) fan, a visit to agame is a must. 5
  6. 6. SCOTLAND, SCAPA FLOWScotland is one of a top diving destinations in the world due to the wreckagesof the over 50 German ships at Scapa Flow in 1918.Scapa Flow, known to be the UK´s chief naval base in WWl and WWll, has 12different dive sites. It has, hands-down, some of the most interesting wrecks inthe world. The best dives include the Orkney Islands, Eyemouth andStrathclyde.Oban has great dive sites like Conger Alley, an easy shore dive. It´s agood reef dive for conger eels, Ballan wrasse and occasionally lobster. Rocks arecovered with sea squirts, plumrose anemones and sea loch anemones.Twin Piers is also a popular dive in this area. Calve Islands make for really goodwall dives, with ledges and overhangs. 6
  7. 7. The Eyemouth and St. Abbs Marine Reserve are world class dive areas. CathedralRock is part of the reef that runs perpendicular to the St. Abbs harbor wall. Here you will find plenty of lobsters and leopard-spotted gobies. It has tunnelsthat make for a mesmerizing scenery.Scotland has breathtaking scenery above water as well. City sightseeing as well asvisits to its museums, castles and monuments are a fun activity. Cubbie Row´sCastle is the earliest fortress known in Scotland and Castle Sween is the oldestmainland stone Castle. 7
  8. 8. WALES, DIVERSE MARINE HABITATS Scuba diving is best in northern and southern Wales, with a few dive spots in between like Dorothea Quarry. North Wales has most of the dive sites around Snowdonia and Anglesey. The north coast not only offers great diving but also areas of immense beauty. The Menai Strait has diverse marine habitats and is considered for a conservation site. Diving here is for advance divers only since it´s a strong drift dive and visibility can be poor. Please check with your local dive operator before you dive. Trearddur Bay is rich in macro life. At Ynys Moelfre, in slack water, you will be able to see lobster pods around the rocks, check with local operator since currents can be very strong here. Kimya, a dive site for all levels, is a nice wreck dive; the wreck is pretty much intact. Puffin Sound Drift is the place to play with seals underwater! South Wales has also good dive sites, mainly around Pembrokeshire. The North Wall is suitable for all divers, it´s probably the most popular dive site here. The wall is full of gorgonians and deeper in you will see a kelp forest. South Haven Pinnacle has a lot of flatworms, dogfish, and pollock; it´s another dive site to swim with seals. 8
  9. 9. ISLE OF MAN The best diving is in the southern part of the island, especially in the Calf of Man. It has a beautiful 160 km. coastline with cliffs and golden beaches and great diving thanks to its remote location. The waters are very rich and offer good visibility for divers. The rocky coastline extends into the water creating a dramatic underwater landscape. Burroo Ned in the south west is a great place for marine life, and you will encounter the Calf´s seal colony! Tidal streams are very strong here so you must dive in slack water, but the bright side of this is the amount of planktonic organisms that come with that, an excellent food source. A large variety of crustaceans and sea slugs graze these waters. The Oaten Pipe Hydroid is very common here; so is the Jewel anemone. The Calf Sound Drift, the place to explore the wreck of the Clan McMaster, it also a great dive, the drift is fast. You need to be an experienced diver for this site. 9
  10. 10. OTHER INFORMATION• DIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN UKAtlantic Scuba / BSCA Red Sea / Cheshire Scuba Academy / PlanetDiversRead more: find & Book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators: 10
  11. 11. About the Author Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 11