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Between Looe and Polperro, Talland Bay offers a great dive for beginners or those just wanting to dive from the shore. The inshore reefs are less than 10m deep and comprise of green, purple and grey coloured rocks. It’s also a great place for snorkeling, especially with the tide in when wrasse and the ocasional bass are likely to be seen.

The wreck of the Marguerite lies in shallow water between the two main beaches. She was a 220 ton steam trawler based in Boulogne that ran ashore in the bay in bad weather in 1922. Her boiler can be seen at low tide lying in between the rocks and divers will find more wreckage stuck in gullies further out. Two other wrecks in the bay, that of the Tregothic, which sank in 1786 and of the Austrian brig Ester which sank in 1885, are much harder to locate. Both are very broken up and very little can be seen.

Diving profileTalland Bay

  • Level: Beginner
  • Depth: 10m
  • Seabed: Sand and gravel
  • Average water Temperature: 7ºC - 16ºC
  • Visibility: Medium
  • Best season for diving: Summer
  • Closest hyperbaric chamber: Derriford Plymouth Hospital