Fresh off the dive boat, I am still feeling the dive vibe four days later. Porthkerris exceeded the expectations of all the 22-person strong crew that headed out of London, braving the Bank Hol/Half Term/Friday night traffic to reach the tiny little dark shingled beach that faces East looking over to Falmouth.
Porthkerris has been brought to the frontline of UK diving by the dive centre, Porthkerris Divers who saw the opportunity to show the world the good life. The centre has a small fleet of excellent dive vessels, luxury dive accommodation located in a spacious house with space for 20 people to stay, as well as campsites and local ties with the near by BnBs. They run boats all day long to accommodate the swathes of divers who know.
What do they know?
That this is the gateway to the Manacles and it's a Marine Conservation Zone. The Manacles are a set of rocks that anchor a rich wealth of corals, anemones, fish and sea creatures with hard shells to this paradise. Carpeted walls of rainbow jewel anemones and gulleys of soft coral and seaweed gardens make this some of the prettiest diving in the UK. Basking sharks frequent this area of seas and you can take a snorkelling trip if you aren’t lucky enough to spy these ginormous prehistoric giants while you are downstairs blowing bubbles. My personal fav dive of the weekend was Raglans Reef, great when dived with a small bit of current as the anemones will be out and about catching their dinner so the reefs look like they are in bloom. Absolutely stunning, this most seaward of reefs comes up from about 50m to within 3m of the surface. Top dive.
If you are done boat diving for the day then you can shore dive all day long and bimble around the reefs and rocks close to shore.
And in the words of the master, so nice we had to do it twice. We are all booked up for same time, same place next year.
Boat 1 getting ready for ropes off at 7am. Who needs coffee when you have the cool seas to ease you into the day. 🐟
All smiles after a good day diving.