Diving Cornwall

Diving Cornwall is an independent site dedicated to diving in Cornwall, it contains information on shore diving, boat diving and snorkelling and has links to dive centres, schools, boat charters and shops.

Including:Falmouth bay, the manacles, The Lizard, Mullion ,Penzance, Lands End South,  the Runnel stone, Plymouth and  Cornwall's North coast including Pendeen, St.Ives bay and Newquay wrecks


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Cornwall's diving in brief.

Falmouth Bay-with its sheltered location, excellent facilities, great shore diving and shallow wreck diving is ideal for experienced and inexperienced UK divers alike. Falmouth gives good boat access to the Manacles.

The Manacles- Famous as the final resting place of a hundred ships, including the Mohagan and Volnay. I prefer the manacles for its spectacular reefs and exciting drift dives. Something for all abilities.

The Lizard- Once again dramatic underwater topography with numerous ship wrecks and abundant marine life.

Mullion - Exposed to the prevailing South Westerly winds but completely sheltered from the east. There is some great scenic diving and quite a few wrecks including  two protected wrecks and several cannon sites.

Penzance Bay  a large sheltered bay with full facilities in Penzance, wrecks for for all abilities and and several impressive reefs. Penzance gives access to the spectacular diving of West Cornwall and the Runnel stone.

West Cornwall and lands end spectacular scenery  both above and below water. It has the dramatic Runnel Stone with the wreck of the City of Westminster, the Longships and some  of the best scenic diving around. The area is regularly visited by basking sharks in the summer and is home to seals all year round.

North West Cornwall and Pendeen- truly isolated and pristine stunning reefs regular 20m+ plus vis. and some of the best wreck diving around. Very tidal.

St Ives Bay  Some great wreck diving here including the St. Chamond, locally known as the train wreck the Kintuck and my favourite the Enrico Parodi.

The North Cliffs Godrevey to Portreath, infrequently dived due to its lack of launch sites there is good diving out of Portreath and I'm sure theres more out there to find.

Pothtowan to Newquay rugged scenery and great diving again very tidal limited access means the area is not frequently dived, its a shame as its well worth the effort. Great diving wreck diving out of Newquay and some good shore diving in the summer months.

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