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Pwllheli and Gwynedd Diving

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Pwllheli and Gwynedd dive guide

Gwynedd and Pwllheli in Wales provide a wide choice of diving opportunities. The different depths of dive sites provide for divers of all levels. The novices can enjoy sheltered diving near the shore while the advanced diver can go for the walls, cliffs and the wrecks. Around Cardigan Bay there are sightings of whales, 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.

In Gwynedd the underwater scenery has a lot of variety. There are bays and cliffs as well as pinnacles all which attract plenty of marine life. Here you will see the rare Parazoanthus anemones and jewel anemones.

Pwlheli has a number of quite easy dives. The Cardigan Bay area is relatively sheltered and has lots of inshore boat dives.
The visibility is generally good going up to 20 metres (65 feet). Keep an eye out for sharks, whales and dolphins.

Dorothea, located in Gwynedd, North Wales is an inland quarry and is one of the most beautiful quarries. Contrary to the other inland dive sites in the UK this one has to be dived with caution. The maximum depth is 120 metres max (394 feet) so obviously it's not for novices due to the extreme depths in some parts of the quarry.
The visibility is usually good and the water cold in general but quite clear. There are no facilities on site and this is not an official dive site although advanced divers usually venture here looking for a challenge. You will see lots of vans and cars tunnels and garden gnomes and a crane that was used formerly in the quarry works.

At the tip of the Lyen Peninsula is Bardsey Island which provides some of the most outstanding diving in Nortern Wales. The dives here are recommended for advanced divers as the tides can get very strong. Diving should be conducted at neap low water slack.

Wreck lovers can dive the many wrecks on Bardsey. One popular wreck is the Ilesha whose lenght is about 32 metres (104 feet).
Half Tide Rock in Pwllheli is the ideal place if you want to dive around seals. There's plenty of fish life around here including lobster and crabs. A little further from these rocks you can dive on some wrecks that are well broken up.

The Menai Straits has some exciting drift diving. This dive is usually done by entering at Menai Bridge at slack water and then swimming mid way through the channel. When the current eases off submerge and drift for about half a mile (0.8 km) past the Swellie Rock then come back with the flood tide. You should resurface near your entry point. Be sure to use a conpass on this one to make sure you're satying on the northern side during the return.

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