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Diving & snorkelling

Excellent visibility makes for ideal diving conditionsThe influence of the Gulf Stream on the seas around Baltimore means conditions for diving are ideal – clear, unpolluted water, colourful and abundant sea life, pleasant temperatures. You can explore the reefs around the Fastnet Rock or head east to the Stag rocks. There are numerous wrecks, ranging from a man o' war to the spectacular 160,000 ton ore-carrier Kowloon Bridge and including the German submarine U260. The islands of Roaringwater Bay provide sheltered dive sites in any weather, while fans of drift diving will appreciate the Gascanane Sound between Cape Clear and Sherkin Island. For the beginner or experienced diver, Baltimore in West Cork has much to offer.

The local dive centres provide a full range of services including diving trips by hard boat or RIB, equipment sale and hire, training courses and technical support. Non-divers can also experience the beauty of the underwater world through snorkelling. This is an activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, from the age of six upwards, and a guided snorkelling tour makes an ideal family outing.

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Tel: 028 20511

Offshore 125 hardboat with divers’ lift or rhib for diving, snorkelling, whale-watching & angling. Shop and rental with nitrox/air and IDEST service station.

Baltimore Diving Centre

Tel: 028 20300

For the experienced diver or someone new to the sport, everything you need including self-catering apartments on site, lecture room and all diving facilities.


Tel: 086 824 0642

Fast Offshore 105 licensed charter boat. Deep sea angling, shark fishing and wreck fishing. Also pelagic birdwatching, diving charters, whale and wildlife watching.


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