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Babbacombe bay

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 peninsula, 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 Best done near high water and as Babbacombe Bay faces east the beach is undiveable during easterly winds.

Depth: 14m

Site entry/exit: The steps on the small breakwater make an easier entry/exit point at high tide.

Underwater directions: This is a small bay so just explore

Air & Nitrox:  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. Don't forget to use the comments at the bottom of the page to let other Divers know what its like to dive here.

Site Hazards: Swell

Nearest Public phone:

Mobile Network service: Most networks

Pub: Cary Arms

Café: Overlooking the bay

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Created by: Ken Byrne

Thanks to: Ken Byrne for cuttlefish pictures

cuttlefish Cuttlefish

Surface Photos: Ken Byrne

Dive Report: 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 overload 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 local favourite fishing spot.The dive is good for training and evening dives, it's 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.

Dive Report: Comment in the box below