underwater a kaleidoscope of marine species: populates the Hebridean Minch. A mixing pot for vitalising oceanic currents, largely clear and unpolluted, these waters host and sustain a rich, abundance and increasingly diverse range of marine species. Set in excellent visibility, this vibrantly coloured, underwater seascape offers a largely unexplored divers dream.

Beneath the waves the tall swaying kelp forest hosts an abundance of life, for those that wish to explore it! Colourful lumpsuckers, nudibranch, spider crabs, feathers stars, urchins, starfish, painted topshells, shoals of small fish, and cheeky bigger ones too.

The kelp forest gives way to hard rock cliffs, boulder slopes, pinnacles, caves, wrecks and reefs, falling often to hard white sand that is rarely disturbed by weather or swell. Wrecks and rocky crevices spot-lit with beams of sunlight are host to peaking beady eyed crustacean, swift shy octopus, blankets of brightly coloured soft corals, cheeky wrasse, pollock, conger eel, dogfish, angler, ling and many more concealed in caves, chimneys and crevices.

the wrecks of the SS Chadwick, SS Doris, SS Urlana, and HMS Port Napier, our regular destinations feature fully in the wreck section. Dogfish cruise the gently swaying kelp guiding divers around their world. Imagine a 3m propeller encrusted in colour, spot-lit by shards of sun stabbing through the water as silver fish shoal in shimmering colour. Look to the surface and see the boat siting in dappled watery sunlight.

'Conger Crevice', described as a conveyor belt of life will simply amaze you, where conger eel, lobster and ling cram into the crevice, while jewel anemones, beadlet anemones and devonshire cup corals in vibrant pink, green and purple makes this site truly awesome.


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Phone: +44 (0)1470 592 219, email: diveskye@dive-and-sea-the-hebrides.co.uk