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Chynhallis reefscape - courtesy of Carina Hall

Dogfish at Chynhallis Reef - courtesy of Carina Hall

Scuba Diving Southwest Coast of England, UK, Europe

Dive Site: Chynhallis Reef

Location: Coverack, the Lizard, Cornwall

Description: Reef / drift

Depth: 25 - 28 metres (82 - 92 feet)

Visibility: 6 metres (20 feet)

Rating: ***

Chynhallis Reef is a scenic drift dive. The seafloor is sandy with some rocky outcrops that are generally covered by kelp and if you look closer soft coral and sea fans. There is quite an abundance of life, making this a reasonable dive. As we hit the water we immediately saw a dogfish. We passed by the rocks where there were lots of sea urchins, wrasse and rock cooks. In the sandy patches between the rocks there were hundreds of hermit crabs of all sizes. We ended the dive by following a cuttlefish and watching it change colour as he headed from the sandy bottom to hide amongst the kelp. Even though we were diving on springs, the current here was quite minimal due to the shelter of Coverack Bay. The further west you travel (shallower and towards shore), the more the current subsides so you can tailor your dive dependant on what you wish to do. If you want a really fast drift, head deeper out towards the Manacles. Chynhallis Reef is a ten minute journey by rib south from Porthkerris Cove.

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