Porthkerris is both a dive site in its own right as
well as a lunching point, providing easy access to the Manacles.
There is a first class dive centre in the cove which offers a full
range of services including: air, nitrox, a dive shop, charter boats
and a cafe. A small charge is made for parking, launching and shore
The site is sheltered from north-westerly to
south-westerly winds but is exposed to easterlies. The pebbled beach is steep so a good 4WD
is required for RIB launching. Alternatively, for a reasonable fee
the dive centre will launch your RIB for you. Note a large car is
still needed to pull the boat out of the cove and up to the main
road, the gradient is about 1 in3 in places.
There is some high quality snorkelling and shore diving here and
it's a great spot for training. I particularly like night diving
here and it's a good spot for a Barb-B-Q.
The best shore diving is around the reef to the north where it is
possible to cut through a small gully (just to the left of the right
hand rock shown in the photo below) and around to the outside of the
reef. The maximum depth on the outside of the reef is about 18m. The
whole dive takes about 50 minutes at a relaxed but constant pace.
However, take note of the tide when planning to dive as it flows
quite strongly between the reef and the shore.
The marine life can be quite varied here, the sea bed is rock
covered weed surrounded by pebbles. The usual shallow water species
can be found here including wrasse, pollack, edible crabs and a
resident lobster (please leave them for others to enjoy). Among the
more exotic species to be found are tompot blennies, squat lobsters
(best seen at night), cuttlefish and squid.
For more information contact Porthkerris Divers on 01326 280620.