Conningbeg Rock

Coningbeg rock is fully submerged at high water, which can make it hard to find on a flat calm day. However, the slightest swell means that the sea can be seen breaking over the top. It is very easy to find depths up to 45m here, although the impressive rock formations also allow great shallow dives. The remains of a lighthouse may be seen around the bottom as well as parts of an unknown wreck. A good place to drop divers is on the landward side of the rock. We dropped divers landward and seaward and they all reported a superb dive. The rocks are covered with all sorts of coloured anemones. Large wrasse of all types curiously stare at you as you descend into the depths, swimming amongst ling, pollack and bib. Lobsters, spider crabs and congers all await you at the bottom, happily moving about in the light as if they don’t have a care in the world. The rock is covered with large gullies through which the currents will gently pull you along. This has got to rate amongst the most beautiful Irish scenic dives. However, it must be noted that strange currents may be encountered at all depths, including up and down currents, making decompression a tricky business, and to be avoided if possible. Slack is a must.

There are reported to be inquisitive seals bobbing about on the surface on the seaward side of the rock. None were spotted underwater though.