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The Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall is Englands most southerly point. There's excellent diving on the Lizard Peninsula's wrecks and reefs. The marine life is abundant and divers can have the chance to see seals, basking sharks and dolphins.

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.

Basking Sharks are attracted close to the shores of the south and west coasts of the UK due to the seasonal plankton bloom. Usually outings to see basking sharks are done on snorkel because the bubbles from the scuba equipment scares the sharks away. Also it's important to be as quiet as possble in the water and getting too close to them will make them dive and probably not come back.
The exact time when they come is variable but it's mostly in April or May - June. Depending on the time of the year encounters with other exciting creatures like porpoises, bottlenose and common dolphins are also possible.

Drawna Rocks (Porthkerris Reef) is a very popular shore dive. It's made up of a couple of angular rocks emerging from the seabed to above the water level. Marine life is abundant here like crabs, wrasse and mullet. Sea urchins and starfish can also be seen.
There are colourful jewel anemones and kelp which is also nice to see as it sways about in the current. This site is protected from the easterly winds and is quite calm in the summer when the winds prevailing are sometimes pretty strong and blowing from the south west.
The depths on this site range between 3 - 15 metres (10 - 50 feet) making it suitable for both novices and the more advanced diver and the visibility is generally between 5 - 15 metres (15 - 50 feet)

The Carmarthan is the wreck of an armed steamer which sank off the Lizard after being torpedoed by a German submarine on July 26th 1917. Although she was flooding she was able to make it to the shallow waters near Kennack and then sunk in 20 metres (65 feet) of water. Although the boilers are flattened she still is an interesting dive as she has abundant marine life come summer and she has lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Watch out for the tides.

The Citrine sank in 1956 while transporting a cargo of limestone. The wrecks is now upside down at a depth of about 18-25 metres (59-82 feet) and adjacent to rocky reef. Some of the marine life around the wreck include sparse sea fans, dead mans fingers and cuckoo wrasse. It's recommended to dive on slack water.

The Raglan Reef, a pinnacle dive that goes from about 7-40 metres (23-131 feet) is a very popular dive on the Manacles.

The Manacles is an extended area of granite reef going from Porthoustock, north to Lowland point, south. There's a large variety of fish as well very colourful jewel anemones and spectacular dead mens fingers.

The Mohegan is probably the best known and most popular wreck on the Manacles. She was originally launched as the "Cleopatra" and later changed to the Mohegan. She left Tilbury as the Mohegan on October 13th 1898 and sunk after hitting the Manacles and then the seaward side of the Voices. Some passengers were saved but as many as 106 lives were lost and a mass burial of some of her victims took place in St Keverne church. This tragic site is marked with a simple cross.
The Mohegan is an excellent dive
. The bow is at a depth of about 20 metres (65 feet) and the rest at about 30 metres (98 feet) with the broiler being the deepest part. Lots of jewel anemones are on this site as well as coral fans, dead mans fingers and a variety of fish. The launching point is Porthoustock.

The Volnay is the wreckage of a steamship that sunk 14th December 1917 while transporting a cargo of ammunition and luxury merchandise. She was on her way home from Canada when she hit a contact mine off the Manacles. If you swim southwards you will reach the bow which sticks out of the bottom, resting against a reef. Lead balls and wooden packing case material can be seen on littered on this site, a proof of the ships cargo. Marine life present here included the cuckoo wrasse and sea urchins. It's a non-tidal and easy wreck to dive.
There are many other intersting wreck dives around the Manacles. Some are discovered and some are yet to be discovered. The area has claimed more than 200 wrecks over the last century and a half.

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