Jersey and its surrounding waters offer a variety of scuba diving experiences, from easily accessible shore dives, wrecks, drift dives and even temperate reef diving. The diving is suitable for all experience levels, ranging from sheltered bays to challenging deeper wreck dives.
The average water temperature is 15 – 20°C during the summer months (April to October), 6-15°C during the winter months (November- March). We wear 7mm suits mostly year round with the occasional dry suit! Visibility varies from 0m – 20 meters but will average around 8 meters.
There’s a huge variety of marine life and plenty of wrecks with history around the Channel Islands, many of which date from World War II. The tidal ranges are amongst the largest in the World, and the currents produced create plenty of opportunities for fantastic drift dives. And the best shore dive in Jersey is on the door step of the dive centre and only footsteps away!
We arrange shore, reef, wreck and drift dives throughout the year on board “Grace”, the centre’s RIB. Check out our calendar page for details of scheduled trips.
We also have a dive club option this year for our local beginner dives. For more info on the dive club send us an email or drop in for a chat and an application form.
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Below is Only a sample of the more commonly dived sites. Diving is also possible in Rozel Bay, Corbiere, St Brelade, La Coupe and other smaller bays. Great descriptions are found in The Jersey Scuba Explorers Guide which can be purchased at Bouley Bay Dive Centre.
This is the most consistent and most beautiful shore dive on Jersey; Gavin Parsons a visiting writer from Diver magazine even said it has a similar diversity of marine life to sites he had visited in Indonesia! It is only steps away from Bouley Bay Dive Centre and offers a very sheltered dive site. It can offer calm diving conditions year round, which means it is still diveable when conditions at other sites are not ideal. You can dive the rocks to the West of the bay, the pier, a sandy central area with a mid bay reef, and a rock outcrop known as L’Islet.
There is a variety of sea life spotted here such as anemone, anemone shrimp, nudibranch, tube worms, scallops, pollock, bass, rays, pipefish, mullet, flat fish, lobster, crabs and even sea horses and sunfish have also been spotted. It is also ideal for night diving offering the little cuttle, common eel, John Dory, lobsters and three different species of ray. Potting and commercial fishing is not allowed within the bay which has allowed marine life to flourish.
Bouley Bay offers several easy entry and exit points around the bay. Average depths are 5-15 meters depending on the tide.
Bonne Nuit Bay
Another site located at the North of the island. Entry can be from the pier or the beach. It is another small sheltered bay with a mostly sand bottom. You are likely to see anemone, flat fish and rays. Ideal for a night dive. Average depths are 2-12m depending on the tide.
St. Catherine’s Bay
Located on the North East Corner of the island. Entry is usually from the slipway and best dived along the breakwater. You will find big boulders, wrasse, crustaceans, Pollack, hermit crabs, huge variety of anemones, nudibranchs, black faced blennies, sea hares. Average depths are 2-15m depending on the tide.
On the South coast of Jersey, this site is best dived on a high tide, and offers a great night dive. You are likely to see red mullet and flat fish. Average depths are 2-10m depending on the tide.
On Jerseys North coast, A popular dive with locals around the back of the pier. Big boulder formations with kelp and sandy Botton on the other side. Chance of lobsters, Wrasse, Sea Hares, Pollack, crabs. 5-15 meters.
shore dive in a beautifully secluded bay, eel grass, kelp , rock formations, chances to see cat sharks, sponges, nudibranch and rays. 5-10 meters.
dived at the back of the harbour. shallow dive site. beauty colours of sponges and soft coral, big nudibranches, sea hares, cat sharks, wrasse, varieties of anemones, sea squirts, prawns and feather worms. 1-6 meters.
La Saie harbour
secluded area with small cliff path entry and across the beach, pinnacles and wall dive. beautiful soft coral, sea squirts, nudibranches, sea cucumbers, lobsters, anemones.
Shore dives are £25 per person. Plus any kit hire that is required.
The large tidal ranges in and around Jersey produce opportunities for incredible drift dives. Typically on drift dives you will have the chance to see a variety of colourful sponges, star fish, rays, dogfish, pollack, sea hares and wrasse. Dive sites are accessed by boat and depths vary from 10-30 meters depending on site and tide state
There are some excellent scallop beds around also allowing those with a scallop licence to go scalloping.
Wall dive. Drops off to 30 meters. Boulders, anenomes, nudibranchs, lobsters, wrasse, Pollack and kelp. 15 minutes by boat from Bouley Bay. £30 plus any kit hire required.
A pretty pinnacle dive with a sandy bottom. Good chance of fan corals, nudibranchs, cuckoo wrasse and colourful sponges. Depths of 18- 25 meters. £30 plus any kit hire required
Beautiful offshore islands off the north coast of Jersey. Allows for pinnacle and drift diving. our most popular trip! You will have a chance to see scallop beds, huge kelp, colourful sponges, lobsters, crabs, cat shark, pollack , sea cucumbers, sea squirts, fan coral, nudibranches, mermaid purses and more. There is also a chance of sea horses and pipe fish. Les Ecrehous is also perfect to snorkel or just to sit and watch the resident seals. Dolphins are also common at Les Ecrehous and seen frequently from our RIB, Grace. Les Ecrehous is the perfect day out for divers and non divers; surrounded by a beautiful landscape Les Ecrehous is also a recognized RAMASR site. It takes around 25 minutes to reach Les Ecrehous departing from Bouley Bay. Depths vary between 5-20 meters depending on area. We offer different sites at the islands such as Grand Noir, half tide rock, the Demies Family Pinnacle, and Wills Lagoon. price varies depending on chosen trip between £35 – £65 plus any kit hire.
a staff favourite Beautiful wall dive. Coral, Fans and sponges. Huge schools of marine life such as Pollack and Mackerel. Depth10-40 meters. Very Tidal dive site and only dived on small tides. £40.00 plus any kit hire
Nice pinnacle maximum depth 15 meters . 1 mile offshore of Bouley Bay
Cat sharks, pollack, nudibranches, tube worms, daisy anemone, sponges, kelp, wrasse. Great opportunity to scallop in this area if you have a licence. £25.00 plus any kit hire
A new site this year. Close to Troupers Reef. Similar topography with chances of soft corals, anemones, wrasse, and overhangs. £25 plus any kit hire
a new site this year and favourite for Toyah and Adam to dive in their free time.. around 35 mins from Bouley near Greve D’lecq. Large Boulders to swim in between, mackerel, conger eels, sponges, pipefish, nudibranches, dragonets, goby’s and more
Will’s fan coral wall
Named after Will who founded this site in 2015..So many beautiful fan corals, sheer wall covered in daisy anemones, huge pouting and Pollack. 40 metres max. Close to the Heron wreck on the Paternosters. £35 plus any kit hire
There are so many more to explore, so many more to talk about so come and find out for yourself!
The 65 foot long former States of Jersey barge, La Mauve was deliberately sunk in 1993 to create an artificial reef and attraction for recreational divers. She sits upright on a rocky seabed and has attracted a wide variety of marine life such as tom pot blennies, big schools of pollack and pouting, crab, lobster and is usually surrounded by a huge shoal of pouting. Her location is only half a mile from Bouley Bay and her size makes her an ideal first wreck for new divers. As well as La Mauve itself there is also a pontoon which was sunk in 2002 to extend the artificial reef, and the wreck of a small fishing boat, the Striker, lying within feet of La Mauve’s stern. Typical depths are 22-34m. £25 plus kit hire
This 190 foot/ 57 meters long dutch made cargo ship sank in 1961 from a reef strike on the way from Jersey To Portsmouth with cargo including crates and crates of tomato’s. 3 people on board were killed. the wreck lay on the paternoster reef undiscovered until 2006. It is one of the most popular wrecks dived from Jersey and remains very much intact with a diverse amount of marine life such as huge schools of pouting, anemones and sea squirts. It lies off the North coast and is easy to get to from Bouley Bay. Typical depths are 22-32m depending on the tide.
This 139 foot / 43 meters iron cargo ship sank in 1917 and was rediscovered in 2009 after divers were told of nets snagging by local fishermen. it is told the Hirondelle had an encounter with a German U boat of similar size and was struck off with gunfire, She lies on her starboard side and is broken up, however key features remain such as engine, boiler and forward guns. Typical depths are 26-34m depending on the tide. £35 plus any kit hire
The Dakota plane wreck
The plane was an American airforce plane C-47 transport plane. it was en route from Paris to cherbourg with 12 people onboard in October 1944 on a stormy night. There was an error in navigation and radio problems and it over shot the French coast ending up over Jersey. the pilot circled Jersey giving the international distress signal , whether these signals were mis understood or ignored are still unknown and orders were given to shoot the plane down. The pilot managed to land the plane in the sea on the North coast. The passengers fought in the cold rough waters against rocks to survive, however in the end only the pilot survived and was rescued by German Troops and sent to Prisoner of war camp. It lies a short ride from Bouley Bay and is in around 12 meters. The plane now is broken up but still allows for an exciting exploration dive where you come across various parts of the wreck and items. Huge congers have now made this their home. Chance of rays on sandy botton in between the parts of the wreckage. £25 plus any kit hire
The Olway 65 foot/ 20 meters in length was another vessel scuttled to form an artificial reef in 1999 and now lies around one mile off Bouley Bay on the North coast. She came to rest upside down on a rocky seabed and is usually surrounded by huge shoals of pouting which also hide inside the wreck. This is a beautiful site with the light penetrating the wreck with fish everywhere. It is also home to a very big conger eel and lots of tom pot blennies. It is a fun dive and it’s easy to go around the wreck in a single dive, and also allows for easy penetration as it is so open. Typical depths are 30-40m depending on the tide. £25 plus any kit hire
This 225 foot/69 meters dutch built steamship sank in January 1943 after hitting a reef off the south coast of Jersey. A troop transport ship, carrying German troops on leave bound for France. with a captain who had been flown in that day and had no knowledge of the channel island waters, flares were sent up by escorting boats to warn of a Collision, but it was too late and it hit the rocks it sank with a reported loss of 136 lives. Only around 40 were rescued. It is also rumoured to have been carrying ‘ladies of the night’ due to artefacts such as perfume bottles being found in the wreck, although the German authorities deny any women were ever onboard. Her cargo of cement bags and iron girders are still sitting in the holds. divers can usually expect to see many conger eels and huge lobsters. It is one of the prettiest wrecks on the island, and is usually dived at slack water and on small tides. Typical depths are 26-32m depending on the tide.
Originally a 225.6 foot / 68.25 meters Dutch Rhine barge and converted by the Germans to a armed coaster. In December 1942 it was bound for Guernsey from Granville carrying bricks and cement when it was spotted on the coast of Jersey by RAF and Bombed, it received a direct hit and sank immediately. She lies upside down and while most of the hull is intact there is some damage amidships revealing her two boilers. 25-30 meters.
The Princess Ena
The Princes Ena was a passenger steamer that sank in 1935 after a fire broke out. She was found in 1982 lying 9 miles off Corbeire. She lies reasonably intact and is usually is surrounded by pouting, ling and pollack. She is a popular if slightly deeper than usual wreck, with typical depths being 40-48m.
M343 German minesweeper
This vessel was sunk by HMS Ashanti and now lies just off the Minquiers rocks about 9 miles south of Jersey. It is broken in two with its bow section sitting on its port side 5-8m away from the main body of the wreck. The wreck still has guns, depth charges and a huge anchor on it’s bow. Typical depths are 22-34m depending on the tide.
The ‘Armed Trawler’
This 99foot/ 30 meters trawler sank by German allied aircraft. Not many details are known, it was discovered in the 80’s lying off the coast south of St Helier. 17-25 meters
The Sark minesweeper
Large wreck. 2 guns one on the front one on the back, one pointing skyward. Hole in the boat from being hit, other than that fully intact. Technical dive due to conditions and depth (50-55 meters) Lots of life and rarely dived.
Many more deeper wrecks lie off the coast, which are perfect for technical divers, for example the Copper wreck and the Byson.