Alternative Names: Durdle Door Cave
Type of Dive: Easy shore dive just along the coast path from Lulworth Cove with a small cave. With its massive rock arch, set right on the Jurassic Coast between Swanage and Weymouth, is absolutely stunning. There is a sloping beach also suitable for snorkelling around the arch and caves to explore.
Suggested experience: Suitable for training in the right weather.
Distance from Bournemouth: 24 miles and 50 mins
Parking directions: There is plenty of parking 800m from the shore Google Pay and display.
Lat & Long: 50.621079 -2.276531
Tides: Tide tables
Site entry/exit: Its an 800m walk to the shore from the clifftop carpark so a 10L cylinder is recommended, the walk back is a killer.
Underwater directions: The beach slopes away to a sandy bottom with depths no greater than around 15 metres. Along Durdle beach and Manowar cove are reefs and inside of these depths are around 7 metres and sheltered. All around the door, there are large boulders with sandy patches and kelp offering a variety of life from Wrasse to crabs. On the Manowar Reef side of the Door, there is a cave, large enough to accommodate a pair of divers easily. Inside the cave, there is a blowhole where the sun penetrates into the cave.
Nearest Public phone: At the caravan park
Accommodation: At the caravan park
Mobile Network service: Mobile phones don't work here
Other comments: Its a treck down to the water and a lot harder on the way back. If there has been any southerly winds or any swell it's not worth diving.
Created By: Finstrokes
Air & Nitrox fills: The old harbour
Thanks To: Weymouth & Portland SAC
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