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Waterworld Dive Centre, situated in the Maharees on the Dingle Peninsula of Co. Kerry., described by National Geographic as one of “the most beautiful places on earth” – is just 30 metres from the water’s edge, at the best dive and surf location in Ireland. Waterworld is Ireland’s oldest family-run dive centre, with 60 years of experience, spanning three generations.

Ireland’s first 5 Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre and Ireland’s first National Geographic Dive Centre. We are proudly recognised Internationally for Outstanding Service, Education, Environment, Excellence and dedication to the dive community in Ireland.

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Meet the team

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    Sandra Fitzgibbon


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    Danny O’Reilly


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    Robyn Fitzgibbon


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Just thirty metres from the water’s edge, located in County Kerry, on the beautiful Maharees Peninsula, along the magical West Coast of Ireland, is where you will find Waterworld Dive Centre.

Described by National Geographic as one of “the most beautiful places on earth” – facing out on to the Irish sea and the Maharees Islands, Waterworld is surrounded by stunning mountain ranges, tranquil coastline, and fields of green as far as the eye can see.

Born from a love of the ocean and built on 60 years of expertise and experience, here at Waterworld we are driven, every day, by our passion to introduce people of all ages, and walks of life to the joy and wonder that we, as divers, experience below the surface of our underwater world.


three generations

Founded by Ronnie and Pat Fitzgibbon, Ireland’s most qualified and experienced dive operators, in 1963, Waterworld Dive Centre is Ireland’s longest-operating, family-run dive centre, spanning three generations.

Sandra Fitzgibbon, Ronnie and Pat’s daughter and our beloved leader took the helm over the years, growing our renowned dive centre into the internationally renowned and award winning dive centre it is today, where Robyn Fitzgibbon, Sandra’s daughter and Ronnie’s granddaughter, through sheer hard work and a passed down passion for the Irish underwater world became a qualified Instructor in 2022, expanding her role here at Waterworld continuing on the Fitzgibbon family legacy. 

Waterworld was Ireland’s first PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre and Irelands’ first National Geographic Dive Centre; and this year, in 2023, we are proudly celebrating 60 years since Ronnie and Pat first started diving and where our story first began.

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What people are saying about our Diving experiences

  • Exceptional experience! Just finished a fantasy Scuba Diving weekend at Waterworld. Our group were well looked after by Sandra and all the team. The rooms were fantastic and the friendly staff made us all feel very much at home. Dive safety was exceptional and I must give Nuala a special mention for the great service and conversation at breakfast.

    Gary, Dublin

    – July, 2020

  • Top class! An excellent setup which has clearly been perfected over generations. B&B located a 1 minute walk from the pier where you can catch the boat to your chosen dive site. The instructors and guides are all very well educated with outstanding local knowledge.

    Michael H

    – September, 2020

  • Love diving here, the instructors and facilities here are top notch and some of the best diving spots in Ireland can be done here! The instructors will always have time for you and you will always be in safe hands. Can’t wait to go back!

    Fionnghuala Miller

    – June, 2022

  • No Drama! Thank you Sandra, Pat, Ronnie and crew from a group of adventurers in need of some Vitamin Sea. The hospitality throughout was a truly welcoming and magically Irish experience. Harbour House never disappoints, all guests were catered for, the service was first class and natural. The advice and expertise re diving is amongst the best available. We will be back…..and I hope soon.

    Joe T, Dublin

    – June, 2021

  • 100% as usual. Fantastic trip as usual. On this occasion the weather was against us but from experience we made the trip from Dublin anyway. Sandra give us fantastic optional locations which did not disappoint. Just shows that this family run business will go out if their way to support and help in anyway possible. It’s a home away from home and I highly recommend. See you again soon.


    – June, 2021

  • Took 4 kids to do a bubblemaker session. Couldn’t praise the staff enough. The kids had a brilliant time. Learnt so much. Will definitely be back again. Thank you Sandra Danny & staff for a brilliant afternoon.

    Aoife O Carroll

    – August, 2022


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