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Peel Castle, Isle of Man dive site - courtesy of Mann Scuba Divers
Seal at Peel Castle & Fenella Beach, Isle of Man dive site - courtesy of Mann Scuba Divers

Isle of Man Scuba Diving

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Dive Site: Peel Castle & Fenella Beach

Location: Peel, Isle of Man

Description: Reef / shore dive

Depth: 10 metres (30 feet)

Visibility: Up to 10 metres (30 feet)

Rating: ***

Peel Castle provides a fantastic back-drop for this dive, as you circle around the castle grounds, in depths touching on 10 metres. The dive is done as a loop with no need to double back, so you can spend all the dive exploring new areas. Starting behind the food kiosk out on the breakwater, you can clamber in over the rocks - it gets very tricky when there is some swell and it is a long way to go over the rocks at low tide, so always take this into consideration. Once you are in, it's as simple as keeping the rocks on your left all the way around.

On your way around the Castle to Fenella Beach, you'll head past a variety of backdrops, starting with a kelp forest, before hitting a few caves and then around the corner to the rocky sides of the cliff face. Peel is home to a number of seals, which can be very playful. Just give them time to warm to you, and then they won't want to leave you alone! You can easily spend an hour to navigate around the route - anything less than 45 minutes is powering it, and won't give you a chance to admire the view.

The dive can always be done in the opposite direction, starting at Fenella and exiting at the back of the breakwater - bear in mind however that entry here is difficult so exit can be even harder. If the rocks at the breakwater are too dangerous, you can always start and finish at Fenella. Also remember that the breakwater toilets flush straight into the sea behind the breakwater - just be careful you avoid the outlet! The south side of Fenella Beach also provides an easy dive, just following the rocks out in a straight line. There're a number of rock channels around here which make exploring good fun.

Rob Bathgate

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