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Money: EUR
Language:
English (official),
Irish (official)
Time Zone:
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Phone Code: +353
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Ireland Scuba Destination Info:
      Overall summary of Ireland
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      How to get to Ireland
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Flights to Cork for the best diving in the southwest region, otherwise Shannon for the west coast or Knock. Don't fly to Dublin as you'll have a very long car journey ahead of you to reach the good dive sites! Public transport is not recommended so rent a car.
If travelling from the UK consider ferry crossings with Stena Line to either Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) or Rosslare.
Perhaps the Swansea-Cork Ferry will run again this year (2008) if the company have secured a new vessel after a gap of 2 years.
There aren't many motorways but the national roads aren't bad. Beware that speeds and distances are mostly in km except for the old signs which might still be in miles.
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      Top travel tips for Ireland
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The best way to explore Ireland (both above and below the water) is to plan an itinerary beforehand as dive centres do not operate year round and need minimum numbers to run their boats. In the main summer season they may get booked out unless you reserve spaces for specific days in advance. Best options for accommodation is B&B when travelling / touring or self-catering is basing yourself in one location for a week's trip with rentals from Saturday to Saturday (and long weekends outside the main summer season).
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      What's the diving like in Ireland
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      Best wreck dives in Ireland
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German submarine 'U260' lies in 38 to 44 mtrs of water off Glandor (nearest dive centre Aquaventures, Baltimore). Great dive, virtually intact wreck but requires slack and only suitable for well qualified divers. She's about 67 mtrs long and small enough to see all in one dive, although well worth diving several times if you get the opportunity. There's a few very big congers and ling hiding inside her. Hatch of conning tower is open but not penetrable. Outer casing of the sub is breaking away slowly which reveals torpedo tubes, ballast tanks. Propellors intact, lying slightly on her port side.
The other famous wreck is the biggest in the world 'Kowloon Bridge' which sank only 21 years ago. This iron ore carrier lies in 36 mtrs of water (the bow section collapsed or rather broke off and fell off two years ago) so now shallowest point is around 15 mtrs. Again dive only on slack as currents are too strong outside this. Teaming with life, but too big to appreciate her size in just one or two dives as she's 300 mtrs long. A 'must' for any wrecky!
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      Chance of big fish in Ireland
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The soutwest coast of Ireland offers great opportunities to dive or snorkel with whales, dolphins and seals. Basking sharks migrate through this area middle of May to early June and you can get very close up so bring your camera or video. They vary in size from 4-6 mtrs to 10-12 mtrs.
Year-round there are sightings of minke and fin whales. Seals live year-round in small groups (Calf Islands, Long Island, Stags, Kedges & Fastnet Rock) and are well used to divers nearby so play hide & seek quite happily.
Sunfish can be spotted normally between July and August and vary in size from 1 mtr to 2 mtrs (although can reach 3.5 mtr in diametre).
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      Coral quality in Ireland
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Most corals are the hard rose coral (particulary 20 mtrs and deeper) on nutrient rich sites where you have strong currents (Fastnet Rock, Kedges, Stags and Gascanane Sound - all from Baltimore). Soft corals also such as fan corals and unusual species in Lough Hyne (nature reserve for which you need a permit to dive, free of charge - see website of Aquaventures).
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      Best time to dive in Ireland
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From May to September, and depending on weather obviously April and October or further into the winter months but fishlife and viz best in the main summer season.
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      What to take to Ireland
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Big Blue Planet knows about the following locations in Ireland:

Baltimore
Excellent for Wreck diving. The largest wreck in Europe (Kowloon Bridge, over 900 feet long) is just offshore. Access from Cork, Shannon or Dublin airport. Approx. 5-6 hours drive from Dublin. Can see most 'normal' life for the region, plus Dolphin a...
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Dingle
A great, traditional Irish town, lots of pubs, good music scene plus excellent diving. Located two hours from Shannon and Cork Airports and only 40 minutes from Kerry International Airport (fly from Stansted with RyanAir). We did an excellent t...
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Kilkee
Kilkee is located on the west coast of Ireland and contains some of the best diving the country has to offer. Diving in Kilkee is never a dull moment as there is nearly always somewhere to dive, whatever the weather. Most of the sites in the area are...
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