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Dive Review of Aquaholics in
General Travel/Other Locations/Northern Ireland

Aquaholics: "Diving Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland", Jul, 2014,

by Neil Burgess, NF, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7959.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dove with Aquaholics out of Ballycastle. Their self-catering house there for divers is brand new and very comfortable with a large kitchen, dining area, living room and backyard for drying gear. RHIB is close by in marina. We took daily RHIB trips to Rathlin Island. Drift dives on the North Wall had fair visibility (10 meters) and slight current with water temp 12C. We dove to 30 meters and saw lots of deadman's fingers, crabs, anemones, hydroids, some small fish (mostly wrasse) and a dogfish. Also dove on the shallow wreck of HMS Drake (15 meters). Lots of small fish (wrasse and coal fish) in fair visibility (10 meters). Wreck was fairly broken up with a couple of large cannons near the stern, parts of hull plating, and a crane. No current. Other wreck dive was on the Lochgarry at 30 meters. Strong current going down line and on the wreck. Lots to see on the wreck, but with current we only visited the stern half. Diving out of Ballycastle around Rathlin Island was much better than last day of diving out of Portstewart on local skerries and reefs.
Websites Aquaholics   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving eastern Canada, Caribbean, Mediterranean, UK
Closest Airport Belfast Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 12-°C / 54-°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 8-10 M / 26-33 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive within your training and experience level
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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