The Stack (30m)
The Stack sits on the west side of the Calf of Man. An impressive rock outcrop sitting under the three lighthouses that sit on the far end of the island. This is a high energy site with strong currents so cliff faces are covered in hyroids, jewel and plumbrose anemones and, of course, plenty of fish!
Chicken Rock (50m+)
Site of the Chicken Rock Lighthouse, approximately two thirds of a mile southwest of the Calf. Not for the faint hearted, this is a high energy site with a very small margin for slack water (even on neaps). Worth diving though as an abundance of sealife and friendly seals are about. Also the site of numerous wrecks.
The Puddle (max 22m)
Lots of Seals! This is a sheltered bay with a sandy bottom with lots of gullies.
The Burroo (max 40m)
Another high energy site that has to be dived on slack water. Has to be one of the best dives in Britain. Everyone diving it is blown away by the diversity and prolific marine life. Carpets of jewel anemones, devonshire cup corals, plumbrose anemones and deadmans fingers. Among the Labrynth of gullies you’ll find shoals of fish, crabs, lobsters and seals.
Kione Ny Halby (max 25m)
Southeast section of the Calf of Man’s coastline, comprising of large boulders and reefs. Lots of kelp at the southern end. Good for conger and ling, with plenty of lobsters.
Carrick Nay/Burro Ned (max 14m)
This is a sheltered dive site south east of the Calf Cafe, with lots of scenic gullies, dense kelp and a good chance of seals.
Creg Y Jaghee (max 22m)
Next bay round from the Burro Ned. Travel from Baie-Ny-Briechyn to Spanish Head. Keeping in shore with little or no current, with large rock slabs harbouring plenty of life.
Spanish Head to Black Head (max 25m)
This site has only one hour of slack water so the diving is limited, with strong currents at all other times. Two Spanish Galleons were said to have been lost here in the 16th century, hence the name ‘Spanish Head’.
Bay Stacka/ Garden Rock (max 18m)
On the west side of Bay Stacka lies Garden Rock. A pinnacle of rock rising to a few meters from the surface, lying on a sandy bottom. Dive Garden Rock then follow your rocks on the left around the bay. Lots of crabs, lobsters, brittlestars, pollack and sand dwelling life (tube worms etc.).
Sugarloaf Caves (max 16m)
Some of our local divers have dived this site so many times that they moan about it. Don’t listen to them! A wonderful cave dive, especially when the suns rays are extending down through the water at the entrance of the ‘Cave of Birds’. Very, very picturesque and well worth witnessing. Start at the ‘Cave of Birds’ working your way to the end where yu can circumnavigate a large rock at the end (not good for the claustrophobic!). Swim back to the entrance (look up and see the suns rays streaming down into the cave), then follow the cliff face of the right through a narrow gorge created by a large rock, known as the ‘Anvil’, on your left. Hidden amongst the kelp is a narrow entrance to the ‘Fairy Hall’ (a marine biologists paradise!). Full of anemones, hydroids and sponges. At the end currents have scoured out a huge amphitheatre in the rock at the base of the Sugarloaf. In the summer guillemots and kittewakes nest on the rocks.
Perwick Bay and Shag Rock (max 20m)
Sandy with scattered reefs and kelp round Shag Rock (a rock breaking the surface on the east side of the bay). A sheltered dive good for novice divers.
Port St Mary Ledges (max 25m)
Stepped ledges of limestone extend out from the shore creating hiding places for ling, squatt lobsters, crabs and lobsters. Beyond lies gravel/stoney areas with occasional reefs, harbouring abundant scollops. This area usually ends up in a drift dive. Very much direction dependant depending on state of tide.