Diving Skellig Michael – Co.Kerry

19 Jul

Definately one of the best dives I have ever done, despite average conditions for the site (only 20 metres viz). We had a very pleasant trip out to the rock courtesy of Captain Joe and his dog Winkle. We were on a 30 footer hard bottom vessel, the standard boat type for the excursions out to the rock.

We were accompanied by our non diving woman folk some of whom waited on the rock and some of whom stayed on baord for the duration of the dive. As it turned out we made a 45min one tank dive consisting of a gentle drift along a wall covered in the most magnificantly coloured jewel anemomes along to a similarly decorated pinnacle about 30 metres in diameter and dropping down to 100+m. Crays and lobster were rife, as were the multitude of fish species many of which remaining unidentified.

The site comprised of a series of walls, shelves and gullies and would have been perfect for divers with less experience than us bottoming out at just over 30 metres apart from the pinnacle. With DSMB deployed we carried out a saftey stop after a rather lengthy off gasing spell at about 12metres while exploring the pinnacle.

De-kitting was an interesting experience, using a mixture of stretching reaches and ropes to get all our bits and pieces backm onto the boat and preserve the integrety of the ladder (we were forbidden from climbing it fully kitted, not to save our legs but to safe the ladder from being “ripped off the feckin boat”) – Sorry Joe!

So after the most perfect dive, couldn’t be matched in many remote dive resorts worldwide, we were treated to an amazing site which is little Skellig, home to hundreds of thousands of birds, Gannets, Gillamots, Razorbills, Fulmars, Kittywakes to name but a few.

I will definately be back! As usual there are photos on Flickr and videos at usual spots on my blog and on http://www.youtube.com. If you don’t know the links by now, happy googling and or searching on respective sites!

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5 Responses to “Diving Skellig Michael – Co.Kerry”

  1. Mike December 29, 2006 at 5:34 am #

    Nice photo! Like your photos at Flickr.

  2. northantrimdiving December 29, 2006 at 1:46 pm #

    thanks Mike

  3. Suzy Jarman March 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi

    I am interested in organising a trip to the Skelligs. I live in Hertfordshire, UK so I’ll need to think about logistics. Please will you let me know which Dive Centre you used. It sounds like great diving.

    Suzy

    • northantrimdiving March 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Suzy

      I didn’t actually use a dive centre. My friend and I chartered a boat from an old sea dog called Joe. Then we headed off with our families on board, 9 of us in total plus Joe and his dog!. He was a very experienced skipper and had taken lots of divers their in his time. Joe was based somewhere near Valencia Island as i recall. We just approached him at the harbour and asked

      I do know however that you can go with dive centres out of Catherdaniel , Ballinskelligs or Waterville to name a few. It has also been know for dive centres in Dingle to make the safari but on when the sea is flat calm

      South West tip is a sheltered spot. Diving as you can imagine 8 miles off shore is very weather dependant. Best to go in the morning early to avoid the other boats with sightseers.

      You or your skipper more accurately need a license to land on the island, so check that out before you book

      You are in for a big treat šŸ˜‰

      Enjoy

      Dave

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