Hilsea Point Rock
Hilsea Point Rock (50º17.317ÂN, 4º2.700ÂW)
Hilsea Point Rock is a popular scenic dive suitable for all grades of diver. While slack water gives optimum conditions, a drift dive is possible before or after half tide slack offshore of the pinnacle for the more experienced.
Located south of the old coastguard lookout hut above the cliff face, east of the point itself, the rock rises to just a few metres from the surface and descends over a broken rocky sea bed to 25m.
Plymouth Sound Diver Club dive managers can usually drop a shot right next to the most spectacular part of the site - a narrow canyon Â wide enough for a diver to swim through Â that offers sightings of cup corals, jewel anemones and sponges.
The underwater scenery is spectacular and you can see most of the colourful species in the popular identification guides. Look out for yellow branching sponges, yellow cluster anemones. You can also see all of the UK wrasse species, John Dory, dogfish and, albeit a rarer sight, an angler fish. By Jeremy Clark
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