Porthoustock

Porthoustock is a gradual sloping shore site with a maximum depth of 10m. With a harbour wall to the left and reef to the right and a shingly/sandy floor between, this allows for a great variety of marine life. Also an ideal site for training entry-level divers.

Expect to see burrowing species such as anemones, worms and certain crab species. As well as cuttlefish, stalked jellyfish, reef fish, crabs lobsters etc.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 5 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Kelp fish

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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Dive sites nearby

Porthkerris

Porthkerris is a popular location with an on site dive centre offering boat charters, air fills, shop and the Porthkerris Beach Cafe. Porthkerris is also a great location for snorkelers and freedivers. Dolphin, seals and at the right time of year whales and basking sharks have all bee seen in the bay.

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The Mohegan (Wreck)

A ten-minute journey from Porthkerris lies The Mohegan. A 482ft, 6,889 gross tonnage luxury, four-masted, single funnel liner which sank in mysterious circumstances after hitting the Manacles in 1898. The Mohegan needs to be dived at slack tide or on weak neap tides.

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This wreck detonated a constant mine on 14th December 1917 just off the Manacles and sank later just off Porthallow bay, providing locals with luxury items such as biscuits, chocolate and alchohol.

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Helford River

An excellent shallow dive (7 - 12 metres) and is a frequent favourite with all divers - an abundance of marine life is found along this river and fantastic for scalloping.

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Swanpool Beach

Swanpool beach is a gradual sandy slope with rocky/kelp reef to both the left and right. Max depth of 6m at high tide so ideal for entry level training.

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Silver Steps

Another popular shore dive, Silver Steps is a sprawling rocky reef of gullies with sandy patches in between. Best dived at high tide when you can find up to 11m. A very scenic dive where you can also find the heavily salvaged remains of 5 German WW1 U-Boats including UB86 and UB112.

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Little Trolvis is a flooded granite quarry, 16m max depth with shelves at 5m and 9m. Underwater features include the blacksmiths forge, an old wheel, cart, motorbike, pipework and more!

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This site is a Dive Newquay favourite. Only accessible by boat, Bawden Rocks is a wall dive bottoming at 25-30m. Bordering the St. Agnes VMCA, it experiences an ’overspill’ effect - meaning there is a huge diversity of marine life to see.

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Another site only accessible by boat, Carters Rock is a shallow, rocky kelp reef with a maximum depth of 10m. Kelp runs along the bouldery bottom to about 7m where it then turns into a white sandy bottom. Another good site for entry-level diver training.

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Seal Cove

Seal Cove, also referred to as Chick Rock, is a site only accessible by boat. It is a haul out spot for grey seals and one of our most popular sites amongst divers. Please note that this site can only be dived at high tide to limit disturbance to the seals.

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