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Exeter on the Devon coast in South West England has a wide array of diving opportunities. Exeter dive sites go from easy shore diving to more challenging deeper dives for the more adventurous divers. For wreck lovers, there are many interesting wrecks to explore.

Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional. All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Some of the dive sites accesible from Exeter are:

Babbacombe Bay is a nice site with kelp forests on the left of the beach and rocky outcrops to the right. There's plenty of marine life which includes plenty of cuttlefish which arrive to mate and lay eggs in the shallow weed off the shore starting early April to middle of May. You may also encounter some peacock worms, wrasse, sea hares and dogfish. Dead man's fingers, soft corals and snakelock anemones are also to be seen.
This site is best dived near high water. This is a popular training site as the depth is approximately 10 metres (33 feet) and the bay is protected from winds except for the east and the north east winds.

Budleigh Beach has three reefs running parallel to the shore. One is easily reachable from the shore. There are lots of crustaceans here as well as pollack, dog fish and wrasse.

The River Run makes a great drift dive which should be done on the ebb from the pier head. Fish life here includes crabs, bass and flatfish.

Exmouth Pier Head has abundant wildlife and has an average depth of 12 metres (39 feet) and 18 metres (59 feet) in the channel.
The marine life here includes wrasse, sponges, tunicates and gobies.

The ancient pier collapsed and is now home to lots of lobsters. There are two cars to explore. This site should be dives a little before high tide and care should be taken as the tide can be pretty swift. The use of an SMB is reqired as entrance to the dock and slipway are not permitted.

Wrecks:

The Galicia is the wreck of an armed British steamship that was on a voyage from London to Valpraiso when she sunk after hitting a mine in May 1917. The mine was laid by a German Uc class submarine off Teignmouth. The wreck attracts a lot of marine life like conger eels, wrasse, lobsters and pink sea fans. The depth is 17 metres (56 feet) and the top of the wreck is at 14 metres (45 feet).

Boma is a steamship that was torpedoed in June 1918 while headed for St. Helens, Isle of Wight with a cargo of potatoes, hay and straw. The depth is around 32 metres (104 feet). She has been heavily salvaged and her hull pretty broken. This wreck attracts lots of scallops and fish.

The Bretagne sunk after colliding with a French steamer. She sits upright on the bottom, the stern gun is still in position and her cargo of coal can still be seen. It's a nice and easy dive. The depth is about 29 metres (95 feet) and the top of the wreck is at about 22 metres (72 feet).

Chateau Yquem, a French steamship was torpedoed in 1917. Some parts are missing but the stern and bow are still intact. Some of the deck can still be seen. The depth is about 48 metres (157 feet).

Perronne, a steamship was torpedoed in 1917. She's badly broken but still makes a terrific dive. Special care should be taken as some large parts of the wreckage stick up and in bad visibility you may also accidentally swim into the large holes on this site. The maximum depth is 29 metres (95 feet).

HMS Empress of India was used as a gunnery target and she sunk in 1913. It's lying upside down, therefore you must dive to the maximum depth to view underneath. She's very large and during the dive you may see rows of huge portholes and an enormous crankshaft. Lots of fish live here.

Lord Stewart is the wreck of an armed merchant that sunk in September 1918 when a torpedo struck her. She lies upright on the seabed and is broken in two. The depth is 41 metres (134 feet) and the top of the wreck at 27 metres (88 feet).

Gefion also called Geffien went down in October 1917. The top of the deck is at 32 metres (104 feet). The wreck is quite broken up and has been heavily salvaged. She lies on her port side and the boilers and engines are well visible.

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