User Rating: 3 / 5

Star ActiveStar ActiveStar ActiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

Alternative Names: Ferry point

Type of Dive: Shore dive in Loch Etive.

Suggested experience: Confident Ocean Diver upwards

Travel directions: Situated on the North Shore of Loch Etive, past Bonawe Village

Parking directions: Park considerately by the wreck of an old boat at the car parking area. Google

Bonawe ferry point car parking

Distance from Oban: 15 Miles 35 Mins Google Glasgow: 102 Miles 2hrs 31 mins Google

Lat & Long: N56.447143 W-5.228779 Postcode PA37 1RL  Google

Tides: Tide tablesMake sure you get the tides right for the dive you are doing.

Depth: 30m available, tho’ we stayed around 15m for the bright sunlight.

Site entry/exit: Enter either from the old slipway or over the rocks to the left. At certain times of the tide, you can simply step in and out.

Bonawe ferry point entry/exit

Underwater directions: Swim along the wall/slope to the left to your turn around point. There’s a mix of bottom structure from kelp in the shallows to coarse Granite sand with a copious amount of fingered sponges (Halichondria bowerbankii) and large outcrops of solid rock hiding deeper chasms on the other sides. Watch your timing on the way back to the entry point and begin ascending appropriately halfway back to come up into little bays of coarse sand and kelp, otherwise, you may be taken past the end of the slipway and round the corner where exit becomes more difficult as the rocks are larger and more vertical.

Site Hazards: Rocky entry, currents at all mid tide times, Anglers use the site to fish from.

Nearest Public phone:

Accommodation: Plenty of good B&Bs around Connel, also plenty of good, quiet midge free wild campsites along this side of the loch. Plenty of wood around for campfires. Scottish Tourist Board, Edinburgh. Tel: 0131 332 2433.

Mobile Network service: O2 works fine

Other comments: This can be a fun dive when done on the first two hours of the Ebbtide as there’s an Eddy current in this area that takes you on a gentle drift UP the loch, as you’ll see from the sponges all leaning that way, When you get to 9-10 metres depth when it reverses completely and then takes one DOWN the loch. Again, you’ll see the sponges bending in that direction too. Also, NOTE, this won’t happen on a Flood Tide, the underwater topography doesn’t allow it, IE, you’ll HAVE to swim against the current to come home.

Pub: We took our own as we were camping

Created by: Darryl Mayer

Cafe: A couple of good cafes in Benderloch

Air & Nitrox: Puffin divers & The underwater centre

Date: 29-01-11

Revision: 1

Thanks To: UK Hydrographers Office for producing nice accurate charts so we can plan dives like these.

Links: None

Surface Photos:

bonawe ferry point1

Underwater Photos: By Darryl Mayer

bonawe ferry point4bonawe ferry point5

Dive Map: Not required

Dive Report: Comment in the box below.