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Directions/Parking: NE26 4RS (Nearest Postcode) There are two fairly sized pay and display car parks nearby, you want the one nearest to the island to avoid lengthening your already long walk.

Ingress/Egress: Once parked and kitted up head over the causeway (which is completely covered at HT) to the lighthouse (it is a longish walk) when you reach the lighthouse head just to the right of the compound wall and follow the line of the wall to the back of the lighthouse. Then head over the rocks to the most north easterly point of the island. Entry is from these rocks as is exit.

Underwater Topography: There are plenty of rocky shelves with plenty of cracks and gullies to explore in and around the wreck itself.

Underwater Directions: Enter at the northern tip of the island and explore to the west.

Marine Fauna: The rocks, gullies and wreckage of this dive site are home to Blennies, Gobies, Wrasse and Pollack as well as the usual crustaceans like Lobster and Edible and Velvet crab. You should also look out for Lumpsuckers and Butterfish. The island is also frequently visited by grey seals so do keep your eyes peeled.

Depth: Depth is around 8m.

Visibility: Visibility can be good here (10m) but as with many sites around the UK it can be reduced to almost zero following a period of turbulent weather and especially in winter, so diving after a period of calm weather is well advised.

Caution: Entry is over rocks which can be slippery especially at low tide. At high tide access to the island is over a causeway which is covered and as such is easy to step off by accident.

Surface Interval: After dropping your kit off why not take the opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse for first class views of the north east coast a href=’www.friendsofstmarysisland.co.uk’target=’_blank’>St Mary's Lighthouse

Après Dive: For a quick satisfying bite head to Cullercoats and to Bills Fish Bar

Accommodation: For style, comfort and service you won’t go wrong at the 4* metropolitan.

Nearest Webcam: 1 mile away

Nearest Air Fill: 2.5 miles away at Deep Blue

Tide: Can be dived at any time but LT should be avoided because entry over the rocks is more hazardous. The combination of high and spring tide should also be avoided as it makes the causeway crossing too hazardous to attempt. Somewhere around Low to Mid tide is best.
St Mary's Island Dive Guide St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay, England - This rocky island on the north east coast of England, 10 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle City Centre, is the country’s first ever Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve. It is home to the now decommissioned but very picturesque St Mary's lighthouse which attracts thousands of visitors each year. The island is joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway which is only slightly covered at HW. Despite the lighthouse here there are several wrecks lying in the shallows the best of which is the SS Jane Clark (covered in SS Jane Clark Dive Guide). If you are not interested in the wreck, or you are looking for a second dive, the area to the north of the island has some very nice gullies for the diver to explore in approximately 6-8m.