General information about the country
Ireland is full of breathtaking landscapes, mesmerizing coastal cliffs, historic ancient ruins, but most importantly: of scuba diving sites.
Is Ireland a good place for diving, though? Well, if you ask us: Some of the best diving in the world is at the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula.
But don't just take our word for it, take the legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau's, who said:
Some of the best diving in the world is at the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Brandon Mountains in a landscape of exceptional beauty.
Are you excited for a visit yet?
Ireland is the 20th largest island in the world, located off the west coast of England, and except for England, is the most populous island in Europe. It is known for its stoney cliffs and hills, as well as for its miles and miles of rolling green meadows.
English is used almost universally throughout Ireland. Although Irish Gaelic is the first official language of Ireland, only about 30% of the Irish population can speak it, and only about 5% actually use it regularly (bbc.co.uk, 2014).
Compared to other countries with similar latitudes, Ireland has a relatively mild climate, with temperatures that rarely dip below freezing — even in the winter — and not-too-hot summers with average temperatures around 15 °C (worldbank.org, 2015).
Ireland is generally known for being a rainy country — and generally it is — but it is probably not as rainy as you think. Countries like Norway, Albania, Switzerland and Ukraine regularly get more yearly rainfall than Ireland (nationmaster.com, 2011).
Plenty of shipwrecks, but not only
There is certainly no shortage of shipwrecks in Ireland — there are well over 50 known wrecks located on the coasts of the island. If it's the wrecks you seek, then you may want to avoid Dublin, as there are only a few located near the city. The largest concentration of shipwrecks is near the northernmost and southernmost parts of the island, where you can find dozens of wrecks in relatively close proximity.
But wrecks are certainly not the only things to see in Irish waters. There is a lot of magnificent sea life around the reefs of the island, like the Finnisa Reef or Coral Beach Reef — both of which happen to be great sites for beginning divers.