Skomer boasts a range of diving sites
from wreck diving, reef exploration to drift diving. These
include Shag Rock, Seal Hole, the Wick, and the popular North
Wall which is a cliff dive that descends to 45m. This dive
has superb examples of sea fans, Dead Men’s Fingers
and sea squirts, amongst others. Also around Skomer is the
wreck of the
Lucy in 20m.
This is an island off the Pembrokeshire
coast and includes dives such as the Head, Jo's peak, Ed's
wreck, Crab Alley, Devil's Teeth and the Ski- slope.
Lying 18 miles off-shore from St. Ann’s
head, The Smalls isone of a group of reefs. It breaks the
surface of the water with a lighthouse to mark it. Several
wrecks are located here and recently a Viking sword was discovered
- the search still goes on for the owner.
The area around the reef consists of large gullies, walls,
immense drop-offs and is one of the few places where orange
Dead Man's’s Fingers can be found. There are lobster,
crabs and crayfish in abundance and the shoals of fish swim
along with divers. Orcas, as well as dolphin, porpoise,
basking shark and Minke Whales have been sighted in the area
as well as the large resident grey seal population
(who are very inquisitive to say the least).
The Lucy was a 168 feet coaster containing
a cargo of calcium carbide. It ran aground in Jack Sound and
later sank near North Haven on Valentines Day in 1967. Intact
and upright in 40m (42m on spring tides) . There is a permanent
buoy on the bow. Dive on slacks, which is 2.5 hours after
Milford Haven or any time when the tide is 6 m or less.
Although usually sheltered, in stormy
weather and poor visibility the Sound of Mull can be treacherous.
Just a few degrees off course from a safe route along the
sound and a ship can strike the rocks, which is exactly what
happened to the Swedish steamship Hispania on the night of
18 December 1954. Today the Hispania lies pointing towards
the shore on the Mull side of the sound, on a slope with the
stern in 32m and the bows in 24m, lying upright with a slight
list to starboard.
Early on the morning of 23 March 1917
the 3,600 ton steamship Maine was passing Bolt Head when it
was hit by a torpedo. The Maine now lies across a strong current
in 30-35m of water with the bows pointing towards Soar Mill
A large freighter sunk during the war
by mines, situated just north of the east bay. She's 600 foot
long and starting to break up now - some good swim throughs.
Cargo tin plates still there. Takes 50 minutes to swim right
round the wreck - good easy dive in good viz. Max depth 19m-
make sure you stay with the shot to the bottom - current can
run quite well. Some good sized congers and good fish life.
There is a permanent marker on it.
A 400ft cable layer mined on Great Castle
Head in 14m -a really good wreck in good viz. Runs a bit at
times though lots of fish life, some good swim thru's, lies
Admantious J Pathis (The Greek)
Known locally as 'The Greek' she was sunk in 1940 carrying
grain. Good rummage dive but exposed to swell at the Haven
entrance. Sits on rocky bottom. Depth 5-20m.
The Landing Craft
Located on the far side of the Haven
this can be dived at slack water only. Rarely dived and worth
a visit when conditions allow. Depth 12-16m.
Pants is arranging a hardboat to take
us out for two dives a day and accomodation. We'll be diving
Wales Divers , dives and accomodation should be in the
region of £120,- per person, plus a pint of beer to
Gary for arranging it all. The dive center where we'll be
based and sailing out of is on the coast between Little Haven
and Dale. Accomodation is right at the dive center itself,
either in bunk-rooms or twins. The bunk houses have a patio
out back overlooking St Bride's Bay where there are barbeque
facilities to cook up your own catch. Summertime, a good day's
diving, beers and a barbie overlooking the sea, does it get
For more information contact Gary
or check West
Wales Divers, Dive
In 2 Pembrokeshire or John