Thursday, 6 January 2011 12:00 AM
If you enjoy scuba diving in British waters then chances are you will already have Falmouth on your list as a diving destination.
As well as being home to the Manacles, one of the UK's most famous dive sites, Falmouth also boasts several locations that are well-suited to shore diving, giving you a few more options.
By checking out all the holiday cottages Cornwall has to offer, you are bound to find accommodation that is perfect if you're travelling in a group and want to have the freedom to jump in the water whenever you're ready.
There are many advantages for divers staying in west Cornwall cottages, not least the fact that there will be plenty of space to store equipment and cosy rooms where you can warm up after a day's diving.
Although you may want to hire a boat for a couple of days to reach some of the offshore dive sites, there are also some beaches that provide easy access to some picturesque shore diving locations.
One of most popular of these sites is Silversteps, where you will be able to find plenty of shallow-water marine life including shore crabs, ballen wrasse and edible crabs. The area is also known for cuttlefish so keep your eyes open for one of these fascinating creatures.
In addition to the marine life, you will also be able to find the remains of several World War I German U-boats, although these are very broken wrecks.
Silversteps may also be attractive to divers staying in holiday cottages in Falmouth because it is well-protected from the elements, making it diveable when other sites may be too rough or dangerous.
If you want to locate another wreck on a shore dive then you should make Castle Beach your next stop, where another German U-boat from the first world war sits in two pieces.
During the summer months you will also find that there is a cafe here, providing the perfect spot to grab some food before you head back into the water.
Other shore dives located around Falmouth include Swanpool Beach, Pendennis and Gyllngvase Beach, giving you plenty of options to explore during your break.