Scuba Diving in St Helena

An untouched environment, with great visibility, The most amazing marine life and water temperature ranges of 18-25 degrees C.  

St Helena is a very special diving destination, with something to offer all types of divers and lots to do in-between dives. Most diving is on the sheltered side of the island, with long shallow (10-20m deep) rocky reefs, very little tide or current (water temperature ranges 18-25 degrees C), masses of different fish, lots of interesting macro life, some great wrecks and the potential to see some of the world’s most amazing large marine animals both above and under water. St Helena is also a wonderful place to learn to dive and/or develop your dive skills further.

Dive Saint Helena offers of a wide variety of diving experiences and packages for all levels of diving expertise. You could be a beginner, the summer diving enthusiast, or an all-year-round professional.

Dive Saint Helena can accommodate almost anyone who wants to dive St Helena.  offering tailored dive tours which could be a combination of wreck diving ledge diving, or a more relaxing excursion site seeing around the amazing large rocky outcrops with an average visibility of 15 – 20 meters on most days (dependent on season).

If you are an open water diver (or equivalent) you will still be able to dive at most of St Helena’s popular dive sites which has an average depth of 10 – 18 meters. Most of our dive excursions to wrecks and artificial reefs are located on the leeward side of the Island which means that you will experience a comfortable an enjoyable dive on most days.

Dive Saint Helena also operates an approved PADI dive training facility, we run dive courses for beginners and experienced students from our dive shack in Jamestown and our courses and certification is managed by our MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer), Craig

You can also read about our dive training courses here.

Wreck Diving

St Helena has eight fantastic wreck dives close to our base in Jamestown, including amazing historic ships and a range of boats sunk for divers.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Darkdale, was torpedoed during WWII by a German U-boat and lies almost intact between 30-43m in Jamestown Bay. Close to the Darkdale are the remains (canons, timbers and ballast stones) of the Dutch cargo ship the White Lion (Witte Leeuw) sunk in a battle by the Portuguese in 1613.

The Papanui is close to shore (6-12m) and is undoubtedly one of the world’s best shallow wreck dives and makes a spectacular night dive (especially if you like tiny critters!).