GPS: 51.7153 , -8.3848
About 3 hours from Dublin and 30 Mins from Cork. Coming south on the M8 from Dublin take the Jack Lynch Tunnel. Take the second exit after the tunnel on to the N28 / R611 to Carrigaline (24km) -Drive straight through Carrigaline (coming off the R611) and keep going approximately 5 km to Minnane Bridge - there turn right for Novahal (3.5km) via the L3210 & L3218
A beautiful small sheltered cove with spectacular rocks off shore. Snorkel out of the cove and head east for the best diving - depths of between 10 & 12m at high tides.
The cove faces south east and so should be diveable in anything other than a southerly southerly swell.
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND FORECASTS
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Garretstown beach are available here.
NEARBY DIVE SITES
Roberts cove is approximately 7kms away (51.7454, -8.3130), where depths 6m to 8m can be reached by snorkeling to the mouth of the cove, before dropping down and heading south.
Other shore dive sites in the Cork area include Kinsale next to Charles Fort (51.6936, -8.4983), as well as Castlehaven Beach (51.5181, -9.1887). If you are heading towards west Cork, you could dive at Castle Point cove, which is about 115 kms away via the R586/N71.
If you are heading back to Dublin via Waterford, you might like to try diving Helvic Head near Ring. This dive site is about 110kms / 1.5 hours away via the R628 and N25.
The nearest RNLI station is at Crosshaven (021-483 1999), 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.