International Writers Magazine:UK Tourism
(and the UPSAC diving trip)
April 5th 2008, the University of Portsmouth Sub Aqua Club (UPSAC)
journeyed to Cornwall for a fantastic week of diving off the Cornish
Staying at a caravan
site at Kennack Sands near Helston, we travelled to Porthkerris beach
for many varied dives, including the diving of a boat wreck the
Volnay, shore dives and drift diving further from the shore. It was
a wonderful site with a surprising number of facilities including air
fills and a dive shop. While the University club trains all of its members
under BSAC regulations, Porthkerris Divers also provide PADI training
for groups or individuals.
we saw Wrasse, Pollock, purple Starfish (one was even tearing into
a cream egg) and a Seal. The dives were beautiful and it surprised
us all that such good diving existed on the English coastline.
Mid-week we also made a trip to Falmouth, where we dived a popular
shore dive. We were even able to take the famous scallops home for
dinner! That evening we tucked into famous fish and chips from the
local shop and sat looking out over the beautiful coastline, in
what was surprisingly glorious weather.
The trip was incredible,
with most people begging to go back again during the summer. Diving
in Cornwall is not only relatively inexpensive and a great opportunity
for training, but it is also worthwhile, with the marine life varying
daily (and nightly!).
Also in Cornwall:
The Abbey (Penzance) Haute Cuisine £50-£60 per head
The Bay (Penzance) International food using fresh local produce
£30-£40 per head
The Bakehouse (Penzance) Fresh fish and more £20-£30
The Victoria Inn (Perranuthnoe) Gastro-pub £30-£40
Kota (Porthleven) Cornwall meets Asia in style £30- £40
The Lugger (Porthleven) Local English style £20-£30
The Sandbar (Praa Sands) Beach side Bar/Resteraunt, dog friend,
surf friendly from £10 to £20 per head depending
TERRANCE CHOCOLATE FACTORY- watch chocolate being made and try some!
Where to Stay:
Also, for an amazing place to stay in Cornwall, a new set of luxury
flats has recently been constructed in Praa Sands, one of which 'Serenity'
makes for a fantastic place to rent for families with children who want
to be right next to a (blue flag) beach, or for couples wanting a luxurious
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