Photo's courtesy of Andrew Griffey. (Master Scuba Diver Trainer with DiveJersey)
Jersey has one of the largest tidal movements in the world. 12m on a spring tide, which brings a variety of marine life to the Island and gives us some of the most exhilarating drift diving available anywhere on the planet. Dolphins are a common sight on the way to dive sites and giant sunfish can be seen in the summer months. Tope, starry smoothounds and electric,thornback and undulated rays are amongst the regulars on drifts, along with cuttlefish, crabs and lobsters..
The Islands are surrounded by wrecks and reefs which are home to both hard and soft corals and covered in jewel, daisy, beadlet and snakelock anenomes. With depths in the various bays reaching only 12m and most wrecks in the 18-34m range, Jersey is ideal for both beginners and the more experienced diver.
|SHORE DIVES:||A SURFACE MARKER BOUY IS ESSENTIAL!||APPROX DEPTH|
|BEAUPORT||Access is not as easy as other sites due to the small slip and pebble beach, but a nice little site if the North is blown out. Best dived around high tide. Sea kelp and plenty of marine life on this south coast dive.||0-10M|
|BONNE NUIT||Pier or Beach access. Lots of strawberry anemone's around the pier head and the usual crustaceans. This bay has a flat sandy bottom ideal for rays and flat fish. Especially good for night dives. Very busy for boat traffic.||0-12M|
|BOULEY BAY||Slip way or pier access. A popular dive site, but limited parking in the summer. Plenty of marine life in and around the bay. Dragonets, cuttlefish and rays are a common site, along with lumpsucker fish in Feb / March. A good site for lower tides.|
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|QUAISNE||Best dived on a high tide or its a very long walk to the water. As this is a sandy beach it makes a great night dive site with red mullet / flat fish and rays.||0-8M|
|ROZEL BAY||Pretty divesite with lots of beadlet anenome and electric rays. Follow a route behind the pier where you often see shoals of bass. Excellent DPV dive along the coast. Very busy for boat traffic.||0-12M|
|ST CATHERINES BREAKWATER||Slipway access is the easiest entry point to this popular divesite along the breakwater. Big boulders hide huge ballan wrasse / crustaceans and the odd devil scorpion fish. Snakelock anenome with cleaner shrimp, prawns, rare clingfish and squat lobsters live in the walls and pipefish are a common sight. Our favorite shore dive in Jersey.|
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|BOAT DIVES||Just a few of the most popular dive sites we use. Drift and Reef dive sites are too many to list.|
|CASTLE BREAKWATER||Pretty dive on the high water, crabs, lobster, prawns and blennies can be seen living in the wall and shoals of pollock around the many heads.||10-14M|
|ARMED TRAWLER||Broken wreckage with a large boiler and bow section. several winches and plates with an easy to follow outline. Home to lobsters / conger eels and huge shoals of pollock and pouting cover this wreck.||18-26M|
|HINGUETTE REEF||Pretty reef dive, rays and smoothound sharks on the sand beds. Wind through heads and crevasses with pollock and pouting. Good for cuttle fish and soft and hard corals on the rocks.||16-22M|
|HIRONDELLE||We discovered this wreck in June 09, Sitting on her starboard side at a 45 degree angle, impressive propeller and mostly intact.||26-32M|
|LA MAUVE||Purpose sunk in 93, maintainace boat 20m long. a small fishing vessel and ferry ramp sitting close by.||20-30M|
|LES ECREHOUS REEF||Some of the prettiest diving in Jersey waters. This offshore reef on the North East of Jersey is home to resident Seals and Dolphins. Masses of soft corals, fantastic for photography.||10-20M|
|ROCK BARGE||Intact barge once used for transporting quarried rock, with huge shoals of pollock and pouting and the odd male cuckoo wrasse. The wreck is covered in jewel and daisy anemone.||22-34M|
|SS HERON||Largely intact wreck discovered in 2003. Sank in 1961 transporting tomatoes and lay undiscovered. Deteriorating quickly due to divers!||22-30M|
|SS KRONWYK||Sank by the RAF in 1942. She was carrying a cargo of bricks and now lays upside down with two impressive propellors on show and a large engine block that is home to the usual conger eels and fan worms.||22-32M|
Sank after hitting a reef in 1943. 225ft long. Sits 4m proud of the seabed in an upright position. She was travelling with a cargo of cement bags / iron girders and reportedly ladies of the night from St Malo. Recently she is opening up and showing the odd German jack boot and ammo belt. Full of congers and jewel anenome. A great dive for the lovers of wrecks and fantastic for photography.
|The beautiful Island of Sark is just as impressive below the water as above. With a slightly higher tidal range and deeper water than Jersey, it boasts masses of colourful soft and hard corals that you don't expect to see in UK waters.||5-50M|
|TUG||Small tug especially suited to Open water divers. Great for congor eels and pollock pollock and more pollock.||12-22m|