Alternative Names: Coral Canyon, Craig en Gelt,
Type of Dive: Good shore dive in the rocks and gullies near the old swimming pool.
Suggested Experience: Novice in good conditions.
Travel directions: From the A1 travelling south at a roundabout marked (Dunbar A1087) turn left for the A199 then to next roundabout and turn right for the A1087 through West Barns and in Dunbar turn left into Marine road and continue to the end. From Edinburgh 30m and 40 mins.
Parking directions: There is ample parking on Marine Road, opposite the great Rocks Hotel.
Lat & Long: 56.006658, -2.526967 Postcode EH42 1AR Google
Tides: Tide tables Best to dive here at high tide. The picture below is at low tide.
Site entry/exit: Two ways to access the dive is either walk across the rocks and jump entry into about 4-6ms, following the rocks on your right-hand side until you come to exit point or swim in from the shore crossing over the small wall over a sewer pipe (no longer used), this leads you into a gulley, turn left and follow the rocks, keeping them on your left-hand side. To exit, it can be a bit disorientating, the first gulley that looks like it will take you back to shore is a dead end, follow on for a couple of minutes to the next gulley, this will take you back to the pipe, then over a small wall back into the old pool area, then a short walk up the steps, this is murder as they are different heights, take your time.
Underwater directions: There is a fantastic system of gullies all along the reefs seaward side, as well as some on the shore side. On the north-west side of the reef you'll come across a break in the reef, called coral canyon, around the back of this there is a large hollow at 15mtrs. Look carefully into all the nooks and crannies for small crabs, fish, the occasional octopus and lobster. Swim for 30 mins depending on your air and turn back.
Site Hazards: Swells with a Northeast wind.
Nearest Public phone: Dunbar
Mobile Network service: Most work here.
Other comments: This dive site is very exposed so its best done after a week's calm weather.
Pub: The rocks The Rocks Hotel has a wee beer garden, perfect for buying a cold/hot drink or a bite to eat, can recommend their bowls of soup after a dive. Previous owners have indicated its okay to use their toilets, but it's up for new management so would have to check before using.
Cafe: Probably on Dunbar high street and certainly takeaways there open till at least 11 pm
Thanks To: MUSAC and Fiona Smith
Created by: Fiona Smith
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