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The Vase reefscape

Jewel anemones covering the rocks at the Vase - courtesy of Carina Hall

Sea urchin on the vase

Kelp on the vase - courtesy of Carina Hall

Scuba Diving Southwest Coast of England, UK, Europe

Dive Site: The Vase

Location: Manacles, the Lizard, Cornwall

Description: Reef

Depth: 10 - 42 metres (33 - 138 feet)

Visibility: 6 metres (20 feet)

Rating: *****

The Vase is a very pretty, colourful reef dive. It is part of the Manacles and is a rock that is wedding cake shaped with three tiers at varying depths. The rocks are covered in kelp, sea fans and sponges and beautiful jewel anemones of all colours imaginable. There are sandy gullies and coves within the rocks that provide shelter from the current and are home to numerous sea urchins, starfish, crabs, pollack and wrasse. The current here can be exceptionally strong, especially on springs when it is only possible to dive on slack - even then you have to literally drag yourself down the shot line to get to the reef. Theoretically you should be able to pick a depth you want to go to then make your way back up towards the surface, so this should be a good dive for all levels. However, because of the strong currents, it is recommended that divers have some should experience as the initial descent can be tricky. The Vase is a five minute rib ride out of Porthkerris Cove.

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