The arches – Rathlin North Wall

27 Apr

This shot and others where taken last summer on the north wall of Rathlin Island. It is a fantastic dive incorporating underwater arches at 25m and 35m. I have a short video of the arches available at Follow the link to watch videos, then hold mouse over the images to see the locations before clicking on one to watch it.

  • Site Name: The Arches
  • Location: North west side of Rathlin (will try to get GPS)
  • Depth and profile: 20m to 100m+!, Start at 10m work down to 35m then gradually ascend wall to 20m back on to shelf for end of dive and saftety stops.
  • Points of Interest: the arches them selves and of course the abundance of live, including diving birds, lots of shoaling fish
  • Reasons why I like it: Usually good visability, and the chance to dive in the “deep blue”
  • Stories: blocked drysuit dump, nearly casued run away ascent, A wet chest saved the!
  • Things I have found: Wide variety or marine and avian life, diving birds is a highlight!
  • Tips: Follow the contour of the underwater ridge to arrive right on the arches, coming from the east. Must be good weather to avoid mental underwater currents, going all directions. Stay close to the wall, there are up and down currents.Occaisonally lobster pots and lines to look out for but the exception rather than the rule

3 Responses to “The arches – Rathlin North Wall”

  1. temmahkrik May 19, 2006 at 8:57 pm #

    That photograph is just incredible!

  2. Dave May 22, 2006 at 8:26 pm #

    Plenty more where that came from at

    there is also a few videos of the area on my website just follow links to videos

    By the way welcome to my blog. Are you a diver? How did you find me?

  3. LoveDiving January 27, 2009 at 7:24 am #

    Cool Pic!!!! Perhaps you’d like to check out the mantangale diving site in the Philippines.

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