Alternative Names: None
Type of Dive: A safe shore dive with lots of life.
Suggested Experience: Ideal for newly qualified to the U/W photographer.
Travel & Parking directions: Babbacombe is situated on the Eastern corner of the southwest peninsular, approx. 30 miles South of Exeter, 30 miles East of Plymouth. Babbacombe is situated on the Northern edge of Torbay and easily accessible from Torquay Harbour by following the many road signs. The main motorway networks link the Southwest from the M6/M5 and the M4 with these main routes connecting around the Bristol area. All routes link directly to the end of the M5 and virtually link Torbay directly from the end of the motorway network. (see google map )
Accommodation: Coast view Tourist Information on 01548 843927.
Lat & Long: N50 28.896 W3 30.842
Tides: Tide Tables
Tides: Best done near high water and as Babbacombe Bay faces east the beach is undiveable during easterly winds.
Site entry/exit: The steps on the small breakwater make an easier entry / exit point at high tide. Pictures to follow
Underwater directions: This is a small bay so just explore
Air & Nitrox fills: Divers down
Other comments: Babbacombe is known for cuttlefish arriving to mate and lay eggs in the very shallow weed just off the shore from early April to mid May.The beach can get very busy on a summers day. During prolonged periods of low south Westerly winds the underwater visibility is best.
Site Hazards: Swell
Nearest Public phone:
Mobile Network service: Most networks
Pub: Cary Arms
Café: Overlooking the bay
Created by: KenByrne
Thanks to: Ken Byrne for cuttlefish pictures
Dive reports: Jenny Pickles, BSAC Dive Leader This dive site is in a quiet calm bay, found at the bottom of a very steep hill (don't over load cars or put tanks at the back of the car or you'll never get back up!). There are toilet facilities during the summer and a friendly pub and this is also a locals favourite fishing spot.The dive is good for training and evening dives, and is a bit like diving in a large rock pool as it's fairly consistently shallow. There's lots of life such as pipe-fish, crabs, shrimps, cuttlefish etc.