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.