Porthkerris, Cornwall, has made it on to our list of top UK camping dive sites because of its vicinity to some of the best diving in the UK: the infamous Manacles, lying just off the east coast of the Lizard peninsula. Dozens of significant wrecks lie in the vicinity of the Manacles, which are scattered into three groups, providing rich and varied diving for a range of abilities. Porthkerris Beach itself is a dive site offering one of the best shore dives in Britain accessing depths of between 18 and 20 metres and packed with life. Porthkerris is also a launching point for dive excursions, either privately organised or organised through the Local Dive school: Porthkerris Divers. This really will be the site of one of your best diving holidays.
At Porthkerris you are spoilt for choice – there is literally a lifetime of diving here: there are 24 well-loved wreck dives on the Manacles, regularly visited by boat excursions. Lobster, conger eels, blankets of invertebrate life, kelp forests: there is a profusion of marine life making diving in this area a spectacular privilege.
And, because all of this is set in South Cornwall, in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK anyway, camping and caravanning in this area is also a joy. Close to the historic fishing town of Falmouth, with its fascinating maritime heritage, you can dive in the morning and be lapping up the cultural delights of the area come afternoon. This stunning region has provided centuries of inspiration and sanctuary for people and can for you too. On these pages you will find campsites near scuba diving and caravan parks close to the fabled dive sites so that, whether you want to lay your tired but contented head in your tent, your motorhome or your caravan, you can find something that suits you, your group’s or family’s needs.
So, after an incredible day diving in Cornwall exploring the Manacles, you can crank up the barbeque, talk about what you saw on your dive and plan tomorrow’s descent – life is too short not to!