GPS: 52.0545 - 7.5438
Take M9 from Dublin to Waterford , Approaching Waterford take first exit at Quarry Roundabout to next round about 500m on then, take 3rd exit to N25 Cork Road crossing Toll Bridge. Continue on N25 for approximately 50km to approximately 3kms beyond Dungarvan then take R675 for approximately 5kms, going through Ringville – Helvic Pier is approximately 1km straight ahead.
From the car park take the footpath towards the small cove. Enter the water here before snorkeling out about 120m to drop down and dive around the rocks at the head. Try to return on a filling or slack tide – the journey would be quite tiring on an outgoing tide, and make sure you bring your snorkel, its a long trek to the dive site and you do not want to arrive with a half empty cylinder. Expect to see lots of starfish, anemones, and urchins.
TIDE, SWELL & WIND FORECASTS
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NEARBY DIVE SITES
Newtown Cove, Tramore, is approximately 1 hour / 60kms away via the N25.
If the weather is a little rough, it might be possible to do a sheltered in nearby Ardmore, which is approximately 22 kms away (51.9197, -7.7182). Enter the water at the pier along the Cliff Road, and dive in an easterly direction towards the Cliff House Hotel.
Heading further south along the N25 to County Cork, you might like to try diving at Nohoval Cove which is about 1.5hours / 110 kms away just south of Cork City.
The nearest RNLI station is Helvic Head (058-46511), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
Water Temperatures around the south east cost average 15c/54f from June to October, and can vary from a low of 11c/52f in early June, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f degrees in July and August. Temperatures average 11c/52f degrees from March to May, varying from lows of down to 8c/46f in early March to highs of up to 15c/59f in late May. Temperatures average around 10 degrees in wintertime (Nov to Feb), varying from up to 13c/55f in early November, to down to 8c/46f in January or February. These are surface level temperatures, water temperature 10m down will typically be a couple of degrees lower.