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St. John’s Point is a narrow headland that is often known amognst scuba divers as Europe's answer to the Great Barrier Reef, as it hosts great diving sites offering a sheer face down to 30m with an abundant fish-life and colourful anenamies. The village of Dunkineely lays at the head of the headland. Once you make the turn off from this lovely, quite village off to St. John’s Point, your senses are awakened by the pure beautyruggedness and eerie aura it stimulates. 

St John's Point is very suitable for small dive groups without boat facilities. Leaving the jetty by the lighthouse, divers can swim out 80m and then drop down to 23m. From there you can set off east or west. Whichever dive you choose to do, you can follow the wall back to the inlet and do your safety stop while fining over a kelp forest filled with life. There is a small wreck on the northern side of the point at 49m. If you look out from The Point you will see Bullockmore, which is a cardinal mark for vessels, because of rocks. It offers an untouched and largely unknown break for surfing, however only accessible by boat (well known big wave surfer Andrew Cotton has surfed here, according to the locals). 

There are plenty of hidden secrets of St. Johns Point that many locals keep to themselves. As it is a largely untouched area, the wilderness of it is majestic and a great place for wildlife with plenty of birds and more. The waters surrounding also offer marine life with the likes of dolphinssealsporpoises and even basking sharks showing up regularly to feed on the many smaller schools of fish.

Diving profileSt John's Point

  • Level: Beginners to Advanced
  • Min / max depth: -
  • Seabed: Rock,sand, reef, wall, kelp
  • Average water Temperature: Winter/Spring (8ºC-12ºC) Summer/Autumn(10ºC-17ºC)
  • Visibility: Good
  • Best season for diving: All year round
  • Closest hyperbaric chamber: 1h15 minutes (76.5 km)