Farne Islands

From Seals to shipwrecks or soft coral reefs, Farne Islands diving is considered to be some of the best scuba diving in the UK depending on your interests. The layout of the islands gives good shelter from tides & currents regardless of direction, there will always be somewhere to dive as long as the seas are not too rough.

Marine Fauna: The Atlantic Grey Seal is one of the rarest species of seal in the whole world, and it just so happens that the UK is home to 40 Percent of the world’s population of them. A good chunk of that 40 Percent can be found here at the Farne Islands where some 5000 seals are estimated to reside. Often referred to as ‘Sea Dogs’ on account of both their appearance and their behavior in the water these naturally inquisitive creatures are known to get up close and personal with divers. The juveniles are especially playful and will often be found nibbling on the end of a diver’s fin.

The Farne Islands are also one of those rare places that Divers can become bird watchers as the seabirds that reside here, such as the puffins and guilemots, can be observed diving beneath the waves to catch fish In addition to the seals and the birds the best of UK marine life can be found at the Farne Islands with Octopus, Conger Eel, Wolfish, Pollack, Wrasse, Cod, Jellyfish, Nudibrachs etc etc etc all showing up at one dive site or another.

Ship Wrecks: As one might expect from islands which sit just beneath the waves at high tide, the Farne Islands have laid claim to dozens of ships over the years, which means that there are some pretty special wrecks for us divers to explore, amongst the best of them are;

The Chris Christenson – a Danish steamer that ran aground at Longstone End in 1915
The St. Andre – a French Steam Ship which struck Staple Island in 1908
The Abyssinia – a German steam ship which sank off Knivestone in 1921
The Britannia – which sank off Callers in 1915

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