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). During winter months visibility can reach 15 meters and is much clearer and warmer than many places in England. During the summer months we wear 5mm- 7mm wetsuits and during the winter 7mm wetsuits with hoods and gloves or dry suits.
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!
Bouley Bay Dive Centre arranges 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.
Shown below are just a sample of the more commonly dived sites. Diving is also possible in Rozel Bay, Gorey, Greve de Lecq 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 or online at Jersey SeaSearch
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, 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, anemone and prawns. 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.
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.
A pretty pinnacle dive with a sandy bottom. Good chance of fan corals, nudibranchs, cuckoo wrasse and colourful sponges. Depths of 18- 25 meters.
Beautiful offshore islands off the north coast of Jersey. Allows for pinnacle and drift diving. You will have a chance to see scallop beds, huge kelp, colourful sponges, lobsters, crabs cat shark and pollack. 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.
Beautiful wall dive. Coral, Fans and sponges. Huge schools of marine life such as Pollack and Mackerel. Depth10-40 meters. Very Tidal dive site.
Nice pinnacle maximum depth 15 meters . 1 mile offshore of Bouley Bay
Cat sharks, pollack, nudibranches, tube worms, daisy anemone, sponges, kelp, wrasse.
Will’s fan coral wall
New dive site for us from the 2015 season. 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.
The 65 foot long former States of Jersey barge, La Mauve was deliberately scuttled 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, pollack, 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 22-34 m depending on the tide.
One of La Mauve’s chain winches was preserved and is now mounted on the old cider press in Bouley Bay. The wreck is scattered with tompot blenny, nudibranch and big schools of pouting.
This 190 foot long ship sank in 1961 from a reef strike on the way from the Netherland transporting tomato’s. It 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 69 foot ship sank in 1943 after hitting a reef off the south coast of Jersey in 1943. A troop transport ship, she was carrying German troops on leave bound for France, and sank with a reported loss of 136 lives. 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. She is 225ft long and sits 3 miles off St. Helier, and divers can ususllay 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.
A small 68 foot armed coaster carrying bricks, the Kromwijk also lies off the south coast at a similar depth to the Schockland. She lies upside down and while most of the hull is intact there is some damage amidships revealing her two boilers. The Kromwijk was sunk in 1942 by two RAF aircraft, which are rumoured to have been shot down during the attack and lying close by.
The Ollway 20 meters in length was another vessel scuttled to form an artificial reef, 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.
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.
This 139 foot vessel sank in 1917 and was rediscovered in 2009 after divers were told of nets snagging by local fishermen. It was a iron cargo ship. She lies on her starboard side and is broken u however key features remain such as engine, boiler and forward guns. Typical depths are 26-34m depending on the tide.
The ‘Armed Trawler’
This 99 foot by 13 foot vessel was sank by German allied aircraft off the south coast of Jersey during World War II. It is a fairly small vessel and although broken up many distinguishing features are still intact, with several winches, a large boiler and bow section. Lots of conger eels and shoals of pollock and pouting are usually present. Typical depths are 17-27m depending on the tide.
An old paddle steamer that was located in 2011. The paddles and boilers can still be seen. Huge lobsters and congers are frequently spotted.
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.