The main bulk of the diving that happens on the Porthkerris trip is on Porthkerris Reef (shown above, at low tide from South Beach). It is enclosed in Porthkerris Bay, which has it’s own dive centre and café (a weighty boon for when the weather turns nasty). The reef runs roughly parallel to the shore North-South, with depths of 5-8m on the inside, and deepening to 13-17m on the outside. The reef is home to a lot of marine life including pollack, cuckoo wrasse, ballan wrasse, squat lobsters, common lobsters, swimming edible and spiny crabs, gobies, shrimp, conger eels and a rarely sighted John Dory.
It is here you’ll get your first couple of open water dives and as the week progresses and your skills develop, you’ll get to dive round the back of the reef to the quite dramatic cauldrons and overhangs.