Reef Diving

Between the Islands of Guernsey, Herm and Sark we have literally thousands of reef dive sites available by boat (for shore diving see here). We often hear about the benefits of good visibility such as is found in warmer climes like the Red Sea or Caribbean. The thing is though, with good visibility you can see a large area all in 1 dive. Locally, you can dive the same site many, many times and it will be different each time with new parts of the reef to discover. Our reefs are home to a huge number of species, someone with a keen eye could see a new species on pretty much every dive they do.

A few of our move regular reef dives…

Guernsey

Forien – Right outside the harbour, this offers a good exploring dive with lots of harbour debris to discover such as large ships anchors

Anfre – A collection of reefs offering wall type dives and sandy slopes

Gabrielle – An almost sheer reef offering sandy gullies and depths from 5 – 45m

Long Pierre – A wall dive with awesome topography, a firm favourite with all divers – 5 – 60m

Grunes – A collection of reef “heads” offering many gullies to explore

Peastacks – A great first dive and a firm favourite which offers no current and a shallow start quickly leading to a sloping wall which allows for easy depth control up to 35m. One of the few places where free swimming conger eels have been seen it offers masses of life which is great for taking the camera

Secret Peaks – A pinnacle dive which offers great sea life and topography. You can drop down the wall to whatever depth you like, then finish the dive exploring the sandy gullies. A great place for soft corals and sponges.

Hanois – A favourite as a 3rd dive on an island circumnavigation, this offers spiky teeth shaped reef covered in sponges and soft corals. It’s a place that has seen many shipwrecks over the years and is not that often dived, so you never know what you might stumble across. Also a great place to spot a large Crawfish as this type of reef is its ideal habitat.

Boue Blondel – A large pinnacle a few miles off the west coast, made famous as a seabass spawning ground. As a dive it can only be described as “awesome” provided the visibility is good with steep walls and shafts heading down the rock faces. As it’s in the middle of nowhere, it can be full of life.

Hoffets – Though mostly dived on the hunt for flatfish, the Hoffets reef provides good photography conditions as it’s the perfect depth (25m) with a bottom made up of shingle which is great for reflecting the sun light.

 

Herm

Tautney – A very pretty reef, home to lots of life including big conger eels, lobsters and crawfish. With sponge and soft corals in abundance

Amphroque – Home to seals, we have plans to dive with them for the first time in 2016. The site is difficult with many rocks and strong current

Parfonde – With a max of 30m, this site is great for beginner and intermediate divers. It is a pretty dive that offers a large window due to protections from the current by nearby reef

Goubinere – This is a lee dive, which means that the reef provides a small area of slack water. This is where the fish like to sit and feed, so some great footage can be shot

Forquies – On the Southern tip of Herm, this is a great scenic dive at the later part of the summer teaming with shallow water life and lobsters

Lower Heads – A major navigation point in the Channel Islands, this is a large reef that breaks the surface at low water and provides up to 50m. Generally considered an advanced skill level dive with a small slack window.

Noir Pute – A pinnacle mid way between Herm and Sark, this offers lots of life and is so infrequently dived, chances are none of the life you see will have ever seen a diver before!

 

Sark

The Nez – An area with a long slack and many shallow sites to dive

Peseresses – A favourite for sea life, this offers a nice gentle shallow start and allows for good depth progression

Gouliot Caves – A small swim-through cave system that is full of jewel anemones. Most areas of the system do have natural light and direct access to the surface. Tide conditions must be perfect. A great place to explore at low tide on foot

Les Dents – French for “the teeth” and the perfect explanation. A firm favourite with many gullies to explore

Haut Boues – A beautiful drift dive with huge numbers of sponges and soft corals as you drift through the long gullies

L’etac – A small island off the Southern tip of Sark, that provides lee diving at almost any state of tide. The rock face itself gives wall diving, huge boulder slopes and steps. Being a lee site, it has a larger than normal concentration of life and a depth for everyone up to 50m

 

Haute Boues – 3/7/15

Posted by Dive Guernsey on Friday, 3 July 2015