Posts

Wreck Diving - Dive Dingle Marine Centre

The Best Wreck Dives in Dingle Bay, Ireland

Wreck Diving - Dive Dingle Marine CentreDingle Bay has a rich history of wreck diving that can be found within a short boat trip from our Dive Centre in Dingle Harbour.

We have picked out some of our favourite wreck dives in Dingle:

The Three Brothers

A local fishing trawler, 30m of steel, that struck rocks nearly thirty years ago.  She lies in sheltered waters, lying between 18–30m, and has remained almost completely intact since then.   The structure of the wreck has become host to an abundance of vibrant and colourful anemones and sponges. Even the mast, complete with crows nest, remains unbroken, though you won’t see metal for the marine life encrusted on it.

Location: Near Black Head off the west point of Great Blasket Island

Verdict: A dive not to be missed and my own personal favourite.

U.S.S. Quebra

A historic steamer that lies 1in 5-40 metres of water .   It sank in 1916 whilst aiding the war effort.  The Quebra changed course to avoid a sited submarine and she ran on to treacherous rocks.

Her precious cargo, consisting of wire, brass sheeting and artillery shells, can now be found strewn across the rocky gullies, vying for attention amongst the abundant marine life. But beware; although the Navy cleared most of the live shells in the 1980s, some still remain!

The large boilers remain upright and intact and are home to numerous critters including Tompot Blennies, Conger Eels and Squat Lobsters to name but a few. The wreck has weathered many an Atlantic storm and the remainder of the wreck is somewhat broken up, but has formed a delightful artificial reef on which the local marine life has flourished.

Location: Off the north face of Great Blasket Island

Verdict: A great dive for both Wreckies and Naturalists alike.

The Manchester Merchant

This cargo liner that caught fire off the Irish coast. It was brought into Dingle Bay and was scuttled in 15 metres of sheltered water.

Above water you will be treated to glorious views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks on the Iveragh Peninsula to the south and the Sieve Mountains of the Dingle Peninsula to the north. Below water you will find a vast and largely intact wreck, which is teaming with Bib and Poor Mans Cod. It is also home to many large Lobsters, Velvet Swimming Crabs and other Crustaceans.

Location: Close to Inch Beach and the Cromane mussel beds

Verdict: An ideal wreck dive for all levels of diver

Interested in Wreck Diving in Dingle? – please contact us!

Fungie the dolphin

Fungie is Dingle’s gem. He is a bottlenose dolphin that arrived in Dingle Harbour around 1984 and who since then has never left. He must have been a fully grown adult by this stage, because the locals guess he has been alive since the mid-70s, which means he is probably around 40 years old! Nobody really knows how and why Fungie came to Dingle. Bottlenose dolphins usually live in pods, but perhaps Fungie was separated from his at a young age, or maybe he chose to leave, electing for a sedentary life rather than a life traversing the vast, harsh oceans. Either way he is never short of company in the Dingle harbour, as the boats travel out each morning to frolic alongside the playful dolphin.

Many people find it hard to believe that a dolphin can live for so long, and so the presence of Fungie is surrounded by rumour and speculation on how such an occurrence can really be. Some say he was replaced some years ago by another dolphin, some say the locals are constantly releasing dolphins into the harbour and Fungie is really many different dolphins, and some say he is incontrovertibly, beyond the shadow of a doubt, a robot. But here at Dingle Marina Dive Centre, we see him every day, and see the distinctive nick in his dorsal fin, and most importantly we see how he behaves. We see the way he likes to ride in our wake as we speed up, and the way he likes to follow our anchor as we drop it to the ocean floor, and that’s how we recognize the Fungie that everybody knows and loves.

There is undoubtedly something special and mysterious about Fungie, having lived so long, and having come to Dingle for reasons unknown. Even those who seem uninterested in seeing Fungie become excited and amazed by his size and his attitude. You can count on Fungie, he will be there, rain or shine, and for that Dingle owes him a lot. Underwater your chances of seeing Fungie are slim, as he is often preoccupied with entertaining the spectators within the harbour. Though I always keep an eye out for him, and often hear him while diving in the harbour, so hopefully one day we will happen across one another under the sea.

By Edmond Sacre

Join us on Guided Snorkeling Tour

Dive DingleAn ideal family or group activity is the half day guided snorkelling tour/PADI Skin Diver course that we offer at DMDC.

The PADI Skin Diver course teaches you how to enjoy watching life below the surface and comfortably venture underwater for shorts visits at a time.

During the Skin Diver course you will learn about how to choose, adjust and use skin diving equipment. You will be wearing a full wetsuit, hood, booties and optional gloves to ensure that you are warm enough during the excursion, in addition to fins, mask, snorkel and buoyancy aid. We also cover the basic safety guidelines for being in and around the water. You will be taught snorkelling and skin diving techniques including checking buoyancy, surface swimming, clearing water from your snorkel and performing surface dives. You will then be taken on a guided snorkel tour at one of our local dive sites.

Interested in Guided Snorkeling Tour? – please contact us!