Diving in the Normandy

If you love historical wreck diving, then scuba diving in Normandy is a must. This area is rich in history, both above and below the water. WWII shipwrecks litter Normandy’s coastline, the highlight being the D-Day shipwrecks along the WWII landing beaches.

A diving holiday in Normandy will include fantastic archeological sites underwater and centuries-old sites above, like the famous Mont Saint-Michel and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rouen. All along Normandy’s coast, breathtaking white-cliffs meet vast sandy beaches, providing a beautiful backdrop to your Normandy diving adventure. The best towns to base your Normandy diving from are Arromanches-Les-Bains and Asnelle. Conditions in the English Channel can be dark with reduced visibility, so bring a torch, and water temperatures are colder, averaging around 13-15C, so many divers wear drysuits.


Wreck diving is the prominent type of diving within Normandy’s waters, with hundreds of sunken wrecks for you to explore. Because the English Channel is relatively shallow, most of these wrecks can be found less than 25 meters (82 feet) deep and are accessible to every level of diver. Get ready to explore WWII tanks, ships, troop carriers, pontoons, and landing crafts while diving in Normandy.

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Wildlife in Normandy

Although most of Normandy’s coastline consists of a sandy bottom, the overwhelming number of shipwrecks provide fantastic habitat for a plethora of France marine life. You will find crabs, lobsters, sponges, hake, and conger eels within the wrecks’ nooks and crannies. Fish species include sea bass, flounder, and, if you look closely, seahorses. Also, while returning from a dive, you may see small dolphins.

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