Named the Emerald Isle for good reason, Ireland’s lush green landscape is rich in history, legends, and stunning natural wonders like the Cliffs of Moher and the Giants Causeway. A favorite destination for filmmakers, the country’s stunning landscape is the backdrop for many movies, such as the Star Wars series. Food and drink enthusiasts love Ireland due to its rich heritage and proud people who offer some of the finest breweries and distilleries in Europe.
Sitting on the edge of the Western European continental shelf, the small island country of Ireland lays bathed in hues of green and blue from the sky to the land and the sea. Though not often thought of as a dive destination, Jacques Cousteau once stated that scuba diving in Ireland is some of the best diving in the world. Washed by the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf Stream Current, the country supports a diverse range of indigenous and visiting marine life, including large numbers of basking sharks in the spring and summer. The Irish Republic is also a wreck diver’s dream with over 10,000 wrecks covering the ocean floor from WWII U-boats to Spanish galleons.