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Five Great Scuba Diving Spots in Cornwall

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Cornwall’s north coast is well known for its spectacular cliffs and miles of golden sand, yet the south coast of Cornwall holds a magic all of its own. Instead, you will find deep natural harbours, pretty hidden coves and dramatic rocky protuberances, all of which make it perfect for scuba diving!

If you take the plunge and go for a dive you’ll not only meet many of Cornwall’s aquatic residents, but you’ll get to see the coast from a whole new angle and you may even get the chance to explore some of the historic wrecks hidden just off shore…

So if you’re tempted, we’ve found five great scuba diving spots for you to check out, which we’re sure will have you coming back for another go. What’s more, now’s a great time to take a holiday in Cornwall as many places offer special prices for the autumn and you’ll beat the crowds to all of the best spots. So, here’s our guide to the best places to go Scuba Diving in Cornwall…

Silver Dolphin Centre, Penzance

This established diving company, based in Penzance, offers all types of dive trips, ranging from a half-day introductory course up to a PADI dive specialist courses. Silver Dolphin often dives at Roskilly beach, near Penzance, but also venture all around the south Cornish coast. Sea life abounds and you will stand the chance of seeing everything from jellyfish, to seals and anemone – we are sure you won’t be disappointed. Prices start from £30, for a half day into course.

Kennack Diving, The Lizard

Kennack Diving Company boasts of being the most southerly dive centre in Britain, but they are also one of the loveliest. In the sea surrounding you can explore stunning reef and some impressive wrecks and you may well see dolphins and basking sharks as well! They offer everything here from the chance to take your PADI open-water course, to the opportunity to get out and get exploring further if you are already an experienced diver. Prices start from as little as £15 for an introductory pool dive.

Porthkerris Divers, Helston

Porthkerris Divers in Helston offer a great service, with something to interest every one, with a choice of shore dives or boat dives. They visit some lovely spots along the south coast and put you in with a good chance of seeing some of the best sea life. Porthkerris offer a special Discover Diving day for £60, including all equipment hire and tuition, and if you go on to take your PADI with them, they take it off the cost of the complete course!

Cornwall Divers, Falmouth

This company, established in 1980, have a great diving supplies shop in Falmouth town where you’ll find everything you need for scuba diving. They also offer guided dives and are ideally situated to take you to some of the great diving hotspots of Cornwall, as well as some less-known places. So, whether you want to do some wreck diving in Falmouth bay, or visit the Manacles, these guys will be able to help you!

Sal Diving Company, Mevagissey

Nestled on the south coast, between St Austell and Mevagissey, you’ll find the Sal Diving Company. Set up by Warren Sallis and his wife Tamsin Sallis, the Sal Diving Company offer a range of dives, with something for everyone from beginners to keen enthusiasts. As well as all the usual scuba diving trips and instruction, this company offer something very unique: they have a Standard Dress Dive Suit (think the classic brass helmet and lead boots, with a man on shore sending you air via a pump) and you can have a go at this as well! Ideal for history enthusiasts, prices start from £60.

Diving in Cornwall is so much fun, so whether you are an experienced diver or and complete beginner why not get yourself down there and see for yourself!

There are some stunning luxury cottages in Cornwall, plus a whole range of great B&B options, or even some great campsites for the brave-of-heart! So don’t let this season escape you – head to Cornwall and discover the magic of Scuba Diving right here in the UK!

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