Dive Lundy Island
Dive Lundy Island with its scenic dives, wreck dives and incredible seal diving.
Lundy Island offers some of the best diving in the UK offering wrecks, drop offs, scenic dives and of course the incredible seal diving that is often said to be better than in the Farne Islands. Just as importantly Lundy gives you a real feeling of being miles away from the pace of the mainland. We often say that on Lundy Island “time simply does not matter but there is never enough”
We run an immaculate Mitchel 31 Mk 3 named Lundy Castaway to Lundy for mainly two day trips and longer based from Appledore and cater for small groups of divers up to six in number. We do not add divers to your party and only offer a sole charter. On our trips we try to cater especially for your needs and experience.
Our main aim is to take friendly divers who want to experience a real taste of Lundys incredible diving within its protected water and “no take zone.” John and Alan are both divers themselves have years of experience within the waters around Lundy with a wealth of knowledge to share above and below the waterline. Entry into the water is a backward role with a stern ladder and bathing platform to climb back on board. We only allow single cylinders (which must be in test) due to weight issues on getting cylinders onto the Island for refills which can be arranged on Lundy. Every diver must carry a delayed SMB and competent in using it.
We do not offer deep diving. All of our divers revolve around your experience and interest with depths from 3.0 mtrs to around 30 mts.
On Lundy Castaway we have gained a reputation of offering some of the best seal diving with extremely close encounters with these incredibly inquisitive animals. Our seal diving is often rated higher than diving with the seals in the Farne Islands. Seals are wild animals and the waters around Lundy are their home which we respect. All our seal diving is carried out under the seal code of conduct that is now recognised throughout UK waters. We do not restrict the time you spend in the water or the number of dives you choose to do in a day.
Lundy is an extremely exposed Island and in the full face of the Atlantic storms on the Western side of the Island with a more sheltered Southerly side. Both sides of Lundy offer fantastic diving with complete opposites in their underwater world from deep rugged gullies and drops offs to very deep and also shallow more sheltered wrecks including one intact wreck in a depth of about 27 mtrs.
The Carmine Filomena wrecked in 1937. (In shallow waters)
Battleship. Montagu wrecked 29 May 1906 (in shallow waters)
The Robert. Sank in 1975. 22 to 27 mtrs. Totally intact.
The Knowl Pinns. 2 Panicles dropping down to about 24 mtrs. Jewel anemones, red sea fingers, pink sea fans. Plus often encounters with Lundys seals.
Gannets drop off. A near vertical wall dropping down to 40 mtrs
Dozens of canyons and gullies on the western side.
Most of our seal dives are on the Eastern side of Lundy. We find a bay in slack water where most of the best seal diving is in only a few meters deep. Some of the best photography when the waters are clear have been taken from Lundy Castaway on this web site.
After all your dives you will be welcomed back on board with a hot drink and a friendly laid back atmosphere. Our aim is always to be able not only good diving but also absorb Lundys very special atmosphere. Camping and cottages are available to rent on Lundy. Lundy has its own compressor for your air by prior arrangement. The Marisco Tavern offers great evening food, good cooked breakfast and a chance to mix with likeminded friendly people.
Many of our divers come back time and time again.
Fantastic Event held on Lundy each year named the LUNDY SPASH IN!
This years event is held on June 14th 2014 and looks like it might be the best ever. Lundy Splash in is the ultimate event for divers and underwater photographers. The event is organised by the Island and the Lundy Warden Beccy. It not only offers a great opportunity to dive and photograph the underwater would of Lundy but also allows you to enter the photographic competition with some incredible prizes. Saturday night will always be a night to remember with live music and the opportunity to mingle with like minded people who love to support Lundy and this very special weekend. Prizes are given out on Sunday and certainly we always see many smiling faces.
This event is certainly a weekend not to miss. Please see the link below.
Update on Lundy Splash In 2014.
Team Scuba chartered Lundy Castaway and had a fantastic time with the best weather ever and incredible vis of 15 mtrs on many of the sites. All the divers enjoyed themselves so much they have already booked up for next years splash in 2015. Saturday night was incredible with English heritage talking about the Iona paddle steamer which is a protected wreck with a great deal of history which we will be licensed to dive. After this talk and presentation the live music in the Marisco Tavern started. Well what a night with the whole Tavern bubbling with excitement. Simply the best night ever. Our wreck diving was first class on the Eastern side. Plenty of friendly seals that loved the divers and incredibly clear Vis on the western side of the Island in the deep rocky gullies under devils slide.This Lundy Splash in which is held each year would not happen without the vast amount of work that Beccy our Lundy Warden puts into this event. Thanks from all of us Beccy !
Popular Dive Sites That We Dive Around Lundy
Diving the Wreck of the Carmine Filomena
My dive on the Carmine Filomena was on a sunny day in mid June. The sea was flat calm and after 3 days of relatively wind free weather I was keeping my fingers crossed for some of the good visibility that Lundy island is renowned for at this time of year.
As I backward rolled over the side of the boat I felt the cold water flushing through my ageing wetsuit but despite the initial discomfort I soon realised that the sea was not as cold as I expected and as I descended the shot line I was too busy adjusting my rapidly filling mask to notice the cold surges of water entering each crease and crevice of the ill- fitting suit.
I had hoped for some decent “vis” and it was soon quite obvious that I was not going to be disappointed. As I hovered a few feet above the sea bed I looked around and was pleasantly surprised to see I had a good 15 metres of visibility. It could not be described as gin clear but it was good enough for this little wreck.
I finned towards the hazy outline of the wreck and soon found myself over the rusting deck plates and supporting beams at the stern. What became immediately apparent was the abundance and wide variety of fish in and around the wreckage. Large Pollack drifted above whilst Ballan Wrasse darted in and out of the numerous nooks and crannies. Because of the relatively shallow depth the sun easily penetrated the clear water making the vivid colours of the Cuckoo Wrasse positively glow. Wherever I looked I could see an abundance of wildlife but I do not think I have ever seen quite so many Starfish in one small area. They were literally everywhere.
As I continued along the wreck large steel beams reached towards the surface and directly below them I could see a very large Lobster which seemed to be totally indifferent to my presence.
The tide had started to run a little bit by now so I allowed it to carry me off the wreck a little way. Deck plates and other pieces of wreckage seemed to be strewn over a fairly large area but not wanting to be carried into the potentially hazardous currents that run to the south of Rat island I about turned and made my way back to the main part of the wreck and continued my exploration. I started to make conscious efforts to look around me hoping to encounter any of the Seals that had been basking on the nearby rocks when I dropped off the boat. Unfortunately it seemed that sun bathing was a more attractive proposition for them and I did not have the privilege of their company today.
The Carmine Filomena ran aground and sank in 1937. Having loaded in South Wales she was en-route to Italy with a cargo of coal.
She lies in depths of about 9 metres (at the bow) to about 16 metres at the stern at low water.