Portland has long been a divers paradise for boat and shore diving. The island’s dive boat fleet operates out of two primary locations: Portland Marina and Castletown.
Underwater Explorers is right in the middle of these locations at the edge of the Marina on the main causeway to Castletown - only a couple of minutes away from either and just across from dry suit manufacturer O’Three. We're open every day for all of your needs from air and gas fills to equipment and suit rental, or shopping.
Shuttles are the way to go!
Shuttles: Daily in and out trips to a multitude of dive sites both in and out of the harbour offered by RIB operators in Castletown and hard boat operators at the marina. Fees are paid per person to operator and depend on the distance of dive site to Portland. Shuttles are ideal for individuals, small groups and schools.
Our friends at Dive Beyond in Castletown who run two RIBS and a leading dive school can also cater for single divers who require buddies and welcome divers who are doing their first UK or boat dives.
For daily Portland dive shuttles contact:
Dive Beyond (07521051006 / Dale) in Castletown
Portland Dive Charters (07971977595 / Ian) at Portland Marina
Scimitar (07828105476 / Nick) at Portland Marina
Quality Time Training (07790 902610 / Bob) at Portland Marina
This year in addition to a RIB and Rodman Fast Fisher, Quality Time Training will also be running diving hard boat Huntress out of Portland Marina over certain dates from March through November and a list of their shuttle trips (and charters) can be obtained from Bob Eliot on the above number.
Charters: For groups and clubs based on a daily fixed fee for the boat - offered by hard boats operating out of Portland Marina. 2016 charter fees (normally 2 dives a day unless offshore) are advertised at £560 per day for the whole boat. All hard boats have diver lifts.
Check out charter dates and availability at Portland Dive Charters (for Skindeep/Skindeeper & Scimitar) or contact Quality Time Training (07790 902610 / Bob) at Portland Marina for available dates on Huntress.
Dive site examples:
Harbour wrecks like the Countess of Erne, Spaniard, Dredger are in the 10-18m range. Popular wrecks like the M2, Aeolian Sky, Alex Von Opstel, Binnendijk as well as drift dives around Lulworth are in the 20-30m range. The deeper popular wrecks such as the Buccaneer and the Salsette are in the 40-45m range.
Check out our [List of Dive Sites and Depths] to decide on what you want to dive.
Portland accommodation from £15*
THE BUNKER (Victoria Square) - Super diver friendly and experienced + facilities ✭✭✭✭✭
01305 782556 - 07976 904871
Beds from £14.00 per-bed (bringing your own sleeping bag), £19.00 per bed (duvets provided), £25.00 full Bed and Breakfast. Breakfast only £6.00. Tasty packed lunches and even three course meals with wine! Sleeps up to 22 but never crowded. Great atmosphere. Very close to Portland Marina and Castletown.
BEACH HOUSE (Chiswell, Chesil Beach) Diver friendly and under new ownership + facilities ✭✭✭✭✭
01305 821155 - 07527736596
Single room from £38, twin or double room from £75, en suite twin/double £80 (contact for group bookings).
HOTEL AQUA (Castletown) Diver friendly and experienced + facilities ✭✭✭✭✭
The Aqua is Situated on Castletown Beach and surrounded by the ocean. Offering 25 modern bedrooms with sea views, free Wi-Fi, free parking, a café and a bar. The Aqua is a short stroll to Chesil Beach, a short walk from Portland Harbour and Portland Castle also with regular bus services to Portland Bill, Southwell Business Park and Weymouth.
THE BUNKHOUSE (Portland Bill) Diver friendly and experienced + facilities ✭✭✭✭✭
Only £17 per-night including bedding, rooms sleep 4, 6 & 8 (total 7 collective rooms, dining area and facilities).
PORTLAND BIRD OBSERVATORY (Portland Bill)
Hostel & Cottage, sleeps 24. Non members at £20 per-bed. Cottage £80 per night.
SEAVIEW (Weston Street)
07526546005 or 07858902193
QUEEN ANNE HOUSE (Fortuneswell)
PULPIT INN (Portland Bill)
Double room from £55
FAIRVIEW COTTAGE (Portland Bill)
From £30 single room, £50 double room (with private bathroom).
FORTUNE HOUSE (Fortuneswell)
From £250 p-weekend to £500 full week, sleeps 5.
YHA HOSTEL PORTLAND (Castle Road, Castletown)
Beds from £15 – Private rooms from £32
ROYAL BREAKWATER HOTEL
From £35 per-person.
Single £120, double or twin £140 (refer to web site for discounts).
For more information and alternative accommodation (including weekly lets) visit:
Disclaimer: Actual prices may vary and are subject to changes. Contact accommodation provider for any updates or changes. Underwater Explorers has no commercial link with the above enterprises. This information is to help your planning and is for general guidance only.