WATERWORLD’S DIVE SITES
We have a very large selection of dive sites to explore with nine islands to choose from and all within ten minutes from the pier. The visibility on very good days is about 40m, average around 20m, bad days about 7m. The temperature ranges from 8 degree centigrade in early season and up to 17 degrees centigrade in August/September.
THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES:
THE CROSS ROADS: 20-22mts
Possibly the remains of an ancient river gorge that crossed paths with another river gorge. Abundant marine life is here to greet you, shoals of pollack and mackeral are everywhere. lobster, crawfish and crabs are to be foundund resting in their crevices.
Surrounded by the most beautiful carpet of anemones, dahlia, plumes, rosea and jewel. Dead men’s fingers in orange and white are in abundance, as is black sea urchins, which have, burrowed into the solid rock. Edible and spiney spider crabs inhabit the cave as well as a number of topknot flatfish who camouflage themselves by blending into the vertical walls and overhangs.
Letter Box: 9-18 mts
Is on of our most famous dives and voted as one of the Top Dive sites in the world. It a wall that runs adjacent to the Island forming a natural gully but half way down the gully 7meters off the bottom you have a large hole in the wall that looks like a letterbox and the diver can swim for one gully to the next.. Denis the resident Seal can often have a swim with you throught the gully.
THE OUTER REEF: 20-35mts.
Spectacular, wild rugged rock, a dive for the experienced. Here ledges and crevices are inhabited by crawfish, squat lobster, spiny spider crab and the colourful cuckoo wrasse . Deadman’s fingers, sponges and anemones are a few of the species, which make this site particularly rich. Cod, pollack and mackerel shoals in this area.
THE INNER REEF: 16-33mts
At sixteen metres the kelp forest meets the reef and drops down to thirty three metres. The wall is of solid clean rock and terminates on a bed of sand. Along its full length (about half a mile) one can find lobster, crawfish, sea cucumber, blue shark and plenty of dog fish. Edible sea urchin and spiny star fish are in abundance. The reef itself is lit up by the different varieties of sponge, anemones and soft coral and on the sandy bottom electric ray and monk fish are often seen.
THE POINT: 18-22mts.
Massive boulders, overhangs, canyons and walls alive with anemones to delight the photographer. This is where one can meet just about anything from dolphins swimming on the surface to ‘Sam’ the conger lording over his domain.
POLLACK ALLEY: 12-16mts
Three hundred metre solid wall of kelp meeting a sandy bottom where shoals of very large Pollack hover in wait for the millions of sprat that swim in this area. The pollack are so tame, if careful one can reach out and touch them. Also this area is a great spot for skate and ray.
THE GULLY: 8-20mts
Swimming between two cliff faces through the gully one must ignore the many cave entrances, which can be very dangerous if entered because of swell. Pollack, wrasse, lobster and conger can be seen as one swims along. Also to look under the ledges is very rewarding in that one can see sea scorpion and the inquisitive tompot blenney. Edible sea urchins, fields of anemones and in the summer time triggerfish are plentiful. a large anglerfish lives at the end of the gully.
THE RIDGE HOLES: 10-22mts.
Running along the top of the ridge are a series of very large round deep holes. Often these holes can be full of crawfish or spiny spider crab. The rock formation here is spectacular and every type of fish can be encountered.
THE INLET: 10-22mts.
A favourite haunt of ‘old Tom’ a lone male grey seal, this inlet is quite deep between the clean cliff face.Squat lobster and patchwork of anemones are every where. Marckerl and spur-dog are often seen as well as large conger.
The Necklace 8-16 mts
This is a kelp lovers dream, you drop in a kelp gully at 10 meters and work up the gully to 5 meters where you will drop into a rock bowl to 12 meters in its crevesess you find squat lobster, leopard spotted Gobies and many more.
Square Rock 12-22 mts
Square rock gets its name from the shape of the rocks that form gullies on this dive swim throughs and gullies galore,
ILLAUNNBARNAGH – SEAL ISLAND: 8-15 mts
An island perched in the middle of Tralee Bay – home to a large colony of grey seals. Here, the seals frolic and play with the divers, fins are pulled, bums nudged and great fun is had by all. A dive not to be missed.
Many more sites to explore and some even to discover