Diving has become a more and more widely realised activity for enthusiasts and holiday makers alike. Mainly, within professional diving fields, there are four main types of diving. Offshore diving is the first; although not really seen as a leisure pursuit, offshore diving is only really used in the commercial field. Then there is coastal diving, you really can get a lot of pleasure out of a day coastal diving with scenery and wildlife being a massive pull. Inland dives can attract those interested in fresh water landmarks and nature within lakes and dams. Lastly and probably most popular are the wreckage dives, to really get to grips with a maritime disaster many diving schools and outings are based around famous wreckage sites. For some great holidays or just to gain some experience, here is a list of diving areas you might want to visit.
Porthkerris, Cornwall coastal/wreck site.
Porthkerris is sheltered from Westerly winds and is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced divers. Described as an easy shore diving spot, as you enter the water direct from the shore, Porthkerris supplies some great sites from its shallow reefs to pinnacles and drop offs. There are some great dive schools here as well as boat trips and equipment hire. Just of the coast is the famous wreckage of passage liner the SS Mohegan, sunk in 1898. If you venture out here you may even have the chance of sighting a basking shark! Finding somewhere to stay on the coast might be tough but if you search an online camping company such as Pitchup, theres no doubt you will find somewhere to lay your head.
The Farne Islands, Northumberland coastal/wreck/wildlife
The Northumbrian coast is more suited to divers of a little more experience. These historic islands and their infamous rocky outreaches have claimed countless vessels over the years making the area a gold mine for those interested in maritime history. There are several diving companies at the Farne Islands so you can take your pick, but these are not schools theyre associations most of which ask that you have a diving certificate before they take you out. When you do get out though look out for the famous grey seals! There are around 5,000 of them in and around the islands. For accommodation look out for coastal town Seahouses but if youre really into camping in the UK and want a fully-fledged experience of island life why not set up camp while youre over there?
Scapa Flow, Orkney Inland, wreck
Scapa Flow is the most famous wreck site in the UK, and as it lies in a natural harbour, it is described as inland diving. The history behind the warship littered sea bed dates back to the Second World War where German commander ordered a fleet of 74 to scuttle (self-sink). 52 of the vessels as well as others from throughout history still lay at the bottom of the sea waiting for eager divers to discover their secrets. Diving trips of up to 7 nights are available here and you can find accommodation in close by town Stormness.
Check out Much Better Adventures’diving holidays page for more inspiration.