Great diving in south west Ireland - wrecks, dramatic underwater scenery, loads of sea life, rocks carpeted with sponges, Fastnet Rock, U260, Kowloon Bridge, etc. All of this and also welcoming locals, great food and drink. You can either spend a week here (I do two sometimes) or a couple of days.
Contact Jerry and Rianne at Aqua Ventures in advance whatever your plans to check on what boat dives they are running / can arrange. Accommodation can also be sorted out. Excellent if you want to arrange a week of diving for experienced divers, but not so great if you want to pop in for a day while on holiday and lack experience in the conditions (even in August it may be rough and only 13 degrees in the water).
Baltimore Rd, Baltimore, Co. Cork, Ireland
+353 28 20511
Interesting day trip from Reykjavik, although I went for a long weekend just for the diving. You get to scuba dive along the volcanic cracks where the European and North American plates meet. Utterly fantastic visibility of 100m or so underwater. You get guided through and can hire all equipment. The more experience you have beforehand the better to enjoy it rather than fight a hired drysuit for the first time. If you show you know enough they may take you to the lower levels, which are up to 40m deep and totally enclosed - great fun, but not for everybody. Go in wintertime as it is quietest then.
One of the top diving spots in the world - exploring the four WW2 cargo ships torpedoed off Bell Island. Expect excellent visibility (30m on a bad day) and collossal intact shipwrecks festooned with cold water corals / marine growth. Yes it is cold (8 degrees maximum in Sept-Oct) and the water will be below zero even at the start of summer, but it is spectacular and the dive centre staff are the nicest I have ever met. It is a long way to go just for diving, so if you do best get used to drysuits and hone your skills first. Hire a car for your visit to explore Newfoundland as well.
I went with Ocean Quest Adventures, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland www.oceanquestadventures.com/
17 Stanley's Road, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada A1W 5H9
+1 866 623 2664
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