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St Ives and Hayle, located on the south-western tip of Cornwall has great wreck diving. There's also reef diving, shore diving and a diversity of marine life here.

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.

Lamorna Cove is a shore dive with a maximum depth of around 20 metres (65 feet). It's a nice cove with practically no currents. It's home to lots of fish including pipefish and cuttle fish.

Prussia Cove makes an easy dive with no currents and depths between 7-14 metres (23-45 feet). Encounters with dogfish, squid, pollack and cuttlefish are common here.

Wicca Pool is a shallow site. It's rocky and covered in kelp.
The visibilty is not always good, sometimes a disapointing 3-4 metres (10-13 feet). Maximum depth is 17 metres (56 feet). In summer this site has a lot of marine life because then it's sheltered from the strong offshore tides. You can see sponges, dogfish and wracks. Also, it's close to the Carracks (seal island) so encounters with seals may be possible here.

Porthminster Reef also refereed to as The Carracks is a shallow reef just off the St Ives harbour. The average depth is 15 meters (49 feet) and it's an ideal place for novices. The marine life is diverse and includes lobsters, shoals of bass, little hermit crabs and small flatfish. This site can be dived at any tide.

The Enrico Parodi is a steamship that sunk in 1916. Now lying at about 30 metres (98 feet) on a sandy bottom she is well broken but one can still make out the outline of the ship. The broilers are still pretty intact and shoals of bib can be seen around them.
The visibility
here is pretty good, sometimes over 10 metres (33 feet). Beware this site is very tidal and is recommended for experienced divers.

The SS Kintuck is the wreckage of a steamship which went down in 1917 but the circumstances are unknown. It's believed to have hit a mine or to have been torpedoed. The crew were able to abandon the ship and were saved by another boat. She lies at a depth of about 32 metres (104 feet) but beware, the place is very tidal and is recommended for experienced divers only. Shoals of bib are seen at this site.

St Chamond also know as The Train Wreck is located off St. Ives. She was sunk on 30th April 1918. Although this wreck is quite broken up one can still make out the remains of the five locomotives. She lies at a depth between 27-30 metres (88-98 feet).

The SS Chamond attracts a lot of marine life a lot of marine life. However beware, the tides are very strong and this wreck should be dived at slack water.

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