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Directions/Parking: TR12 6QJ (Nearest Postcode) Head along the B3293 to St Keverne. Continue through the village into the main square and head out of the square on Commercial Street by keeping the White Hart pub on your left. Drive a short distance to a cross roads and turn right. Then at the fork in the road take the right fork. Head along this road until you reach the entrance to Porthkerris divers. There is paid parking at the site or if you are diving with Porthkerris Divers parking is free.
Ingress/Egress: Entry/exit can be achieved either from the northern end of the main shingle beach or via a smaller beach to the north of the main beach next to an MOD building. The latter of the two involves a short scramble down some rocks (there is a rope hand rail to assist you).
Underwater Topography: The pebble beach drops away quite sharply as you head out. After approximately 40m you will reach a series of large surfacing breaking rocks known as Drawna rocks (which this site is sometimes referred to as). These rocks are intersected and bisected by gullies and cracks and they provide walls and overhangs perfect for the diver to explore. On the seaward side of these rocks is the outer reef which can reach depths of 20m at HT. The seabed is mainly kelp covered rocks amongst pebbles.
Underwater Directions: There are a few routes you can take but we suggest you take a north easterly bearing from the smaller beach next to the MOD building out to the southern edge of Drawna Rocks. Here you will find a spectacular gully filled with kelp for you to swim through and explore. You are then on the outer reef. Explore the seaward side of the rocks keeping them on your left shoulder where there are cliff walls and cracks in the rock. Then circle back around the rocks to the shore side and if you are low on air ascend and surface swim back or if you're not an air hog then shallow up near the beach.
Marine Fauna: This site has an unusual abundance of marine life, there are anemones of all kinds (jewel, dahlia, snakelock) as well as Dead Menís fingers and sponges aplenty. We recommend you look closely at the anemones attached to the kelp fronds as you can often find a resident Leeches Spider Crab. In an area known locally as the fish bowl you can disturb the sediment with a fin and watch on as good sized Ballan, Corkwing and Cuckoo Wrasse swarm in to gorge on the feast. In amongst the cracks you may spot Tompot Blennies and shrimp. Red Gurnud have been spotted creeping along the sea bed and John Dory and Pollack regularly swim past. If you are really lucky then you may even have an encounter with something a little bigger.
Depth: Maximum Depth is around 20m on the outer reef at HT.
Visibility: Visibility is generally good here but as with many sites around the UK it can be reduced to almost zero following a period of turbulent weather and especially if there is strong swell caused here by easterly winds.
Caution: Boat traffic is a constant danger here as itís a popular launch for dive boats so try to keep to the north of the cove where boats are discouraged from venturing. On the outer reef beware of strong tidal currents especially on Spring tides.
AprŤs Dive: Trengilly Wartha Inn was voted Best Family Pub of the Year in the West Country in 2011, Bowmore Whisky Cornwall pub of the year in 2011 and Camra Pub of the Year runner up in 2010, which are all impressive credentials for an after dive pint and snack.
Accommodation: If you are a happy camper then Porthkerris Divers also have a campsite right on top of the cliffs overlooking the site and with a few pitches right on the beach itself. If camping is not for you then see Trengilly Warth Inn (described above) was also runner up for Britainís Best Breakfast in 2010, a mouth-watering accolade for a B&B.
Nearest Webcam: 3.5 miles away
Nearest Air Fill: On site at Porthkerris Divers
Tide: Can be dived at any time but caution should be taken on spring tides especially on the seaward side of the rocks.
Porthkerris Dive Guide: Porthkerris, Cornwall, England - is a small eastward facing cove backed by cliffs on Cornwall's Lizard peninsula near to St Keverne and is home to some of the best shore diving the UK has to offer. Above the waves this site has more of a feel of an inland dive facility with its dive centre, dive shop, mobile cafe and flurry of diving activity. But it is beneath the waves where nature has created a divers playground that will wow and woo you with spectacular gullies and walls that house a concentration of marine life rarely seen in our fair waters. The cove is also known on occasion to play host to some very special visitors including Basking Sharks, Grey Seals and Dolphins (as recently as Sep 2012 there are reports of a male Dolphin visiting the cove and playing with groups of lucky divers for hours). As if that wasn't enough the site is a popular launch for dive boats heading out to the Menacles and other local sites. Pure Diving heaven!