- An area of 100m by 50m in Balaclava Bay, Portland, 200m to the south-west of Portland Harbour’s southern entrance.
- Exact coordinates:
|1||N50o 34.069||W2o 25.504|
|2||N50o 34.080||W2o 25.465|
|3||N50o 34.030||W2o 25.432|
|4||N50o 34.019||W2o 25.470|
- The Park is clearly marked by 4 yellow marker buoys from April through to October.
- The depth ranges from 10m to 14m.
- The bottom is gritty sand.
- The Park is generally protected from the predominantly southerly and westerly winds by Portland and from northerly winds by the harbour breakwater wall.
- The Dredger wreck is within 50m of the park. There is a thick rope on the seabed from the Dredger to the Park.
- The Hood entrance is 200m away.
- Combined with the Dredger, the dive could easily entertain for the duration of a full cylinder. However, it is recommended you take your time to explore and perhaps take in the Dredger and the Park over 2 dives.
- A dive and boat permit are required. Both cheap and easy to obtain (click here or go to portland-port.co.uk)
- Dive shops in the area provide accompanied tours. See Home Page or Facilities/Services page
- Here is an example of some artefacts on the seabed (not all are listed – this is a designed to be a dive park of adventure):
- A 2.5m tall deep sea diver
- A 3m long shark
- 2 x 6 ton Admiralty mooring anchors
- Upright and vertical 1.2m wide pipes to swim through and down into
- A ruined Roman temple
- There is an abundance of sea life.
- A heavy rope lies on the seabed to guide divers from the Dredger wreck to the Park and then between artefacts.
Underwater Curiosity Park Facts:
Typically diving is between 10m-14m and with a sandy bottom making for good visibility
Number of Curosities
There will be up to 25 man-made artefacts to discover and explore as well as a diverse range of marine life.
The Underwater Curiosity Park is about the size of a football pitch 100m x 50m marked out by 4 large yellow dive buoys.
Tourist Information Centre,
TEL - 01305 443333
Mon-Fri: 10am - 3.30pm
Sat: 10am - 2pm