GPS: 53.2462, -9.5499
About 40 mins from Galway, take the R336 Spidal / Barna Road via Salthill – continue on this road for approximately 27kms , until you reach a cross road where the R336 veers to the right – go straight ahead for about 2.5kms on this (unnamed) road) until you get to Bothar na Bui Pier.
Bothas Na Bui reef can be reached from the small pier at Bothas na Bui. The reefs are about 200m out from the shore - reaching depths of 15 to 18m in high water. The dive site faces west but is largely protected from the Atlantic by the Carraroe Peninsula so it should be diveable in anything but southerly swells - currents tend to be north to south.
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND FORECASTS
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby lahinch are available here.
NEARBY DIVE SITES
Fanore in County Clare is approximately 100kms away, via the R336/N18/N67.
Coral Beach, in Galway (53.2489, -9.6297) is approximately 10km away. This beach dive is suitable for beginners, with depths of up to 10m and usually good visibility.
Alternatively you could head north to Killary Harbour about an 70kms / 1 hour away via the R336/N59 and dive off Rosroe Pier.
The nearest RNLI station is approximately 60kms away in Gayway (Ph: 091-567 755), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
Water Temperatures 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.