UCD Sub-Aqua Club love to dive in interesting and exciting waters around the coast. Over the years we've managed to build up a nice list of destinations that we regulary visit.
Dalkey Island & the Muglins
Lambay Island and of course loads of wrecks including, the Leinster, the Guide me II, the bolivar, the Marley. As were based in Dublin, these locations get visited a lot.
Malinbeg - Located near Glencolmcille in Donegal and is located beside Slieve League, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.
The harbour is sheltered and a great place for diving, and is perfectly suited for training dives. Malinbeg harbour is within a south facing inlet which provides good protection against potential bad weather. To get to the harbour a trek down a large number of steps needs to be performed
The location has a stack near the harbour and provides an excellent dive spot. This is at a depth of between 6 and 9 metres and a lot of life can be seen around it including lobsters, shrimp, flatfish, jewel anemones, conger eels and occasional a dead animal such as a seal or a sheep!
Malin Head - The diving in Malin Head is always fantastic. It's one of the best places in Europe for wreck diving, as well as having some beautiful scenic dives. Malin Head is also a known basking shark hotspot, and dolphins/orcas are known to show up during the Summer too!!
We will be staying in the Sandrock Hostel in Malin Head, which is about 10 metres away from our very own personal pier. No shivering on a wet pier for hours on this trip!
St Johns Point - (Describe the location and diving)
Dungloe - (Describe the location and diving)
Mullaghmore - (Describe the location and diving)
Doolin - (Describe the location and diving)
Achill - (Describe the location and diving)
Belmullet - (Describe the location and diving)
Inishbofin - (Describe the location and diving)
Killary - (Describe the location and diving)
Rossaveal - (Describe the location and diving)
Aran Islands - (Describe the location and diving)
Valentia Island - Expect plenty of good diving in Irelands sunniest county. Treats include the cliffs at Bray Head, Doolus Head, Fish Island and of course the Skelligs! A UNESCO heritage sites a bumpy 40 minutes of shore and made a recent appearance in star wars ! Home to a large seal colony(200) and sea birds(60,000!), and Europes largest Gannet colony. And to add a sugar on top there is a WWII plane in the water just north of the islands. Visibility is reported to always be good and depths go anywhere from 15m to 50m! Fingers crossed for Basking Sharks!
Tralee - (Describe the location and diving)
Dingle - (Describe the location and diving)
Castlegregory - (Describe the location and diving)
Blasket Islands - (Describe the location and diving)
Strangford Lough - (Describe the location and diving)
SANDYCOVE AND 40-FOOT
Snorkellers at Sandycove
The sandycove and 40-foot sites are situated in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, and offer great facilities for planned and easy last-minute snorkelling and diving.
Swim out north east from sandycove, towards the first buoy Swim out of the mouth of Sandycove harbour/bay, then proceed towards the third yellow buoy (roughly 10 degrees from north), before descending, and then continue in the same direction, and you will find an underwater ridge, which goes to around 15 metres and beyond.
This site is also a great place for night dives and perfect for trainee divers and snorkellers.
There is parking in the surrounding streets, but be careful not to leave valuables in the car, as the area is known for car crime, despite the number of people around the area. Be warned!
SCUBA diving is prohibited at the 40-foot entrance, but snorkelling is allowed; The surrounding rocks and coastline offer excellent underwater and above water wildlife, especially in summer.
There is a small jettee, 200m south of the 40-foot swimming area, the end marked with a metal post, painted yellow, with a ball top. This is a great spot to get in and out of, but be careful at low tides, as there are plenty of rocks beyond the end of the exposed jettee.
For the adventurous, Bulloch harbour, further south from the 40-foot, is a good end point for a long snorkel, but be mindful that it could be a hard slog to get there, and there is no easy exit point before you get there. Strong swimmers only.
Sandycove and the 40-foot are frequented by many people during the summer, and you are likely to come into contact with swimmers, divers, snorkellers etc.
Bulloch harbour is a working harbour, and so be very careful when considering passing through there.