GPS:   53.2489, -9.6297

About an hour from Galway, take the R336 Spidal / Barna Road via Salthill – continue on this road for approximately 34kms , then take the R343 4kms to Carraoe -go straight throught the village and remain on ‘An Cheathra Rua’ for about 3 kms until you get to the beach.


This Blue Flag Beach is noted for its very fine "coral" , which is made of a coraline algae known as maerl. The beach has lifeguards during the summer months. With average depths of 8 or 9 meters this site should be dived on slack tides, currents are typically north to south. Enter the water at the northern most end of the beach beyond the public changing rooms / toilets. Visibility is typically 10m or more, expect to see lots of colourful kelp, crabs, flatfish, eels and anemones.



Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby lahinch are available  here


A more adventurous shore dive can be found at Bothar Na Bui Pier, about 14kms away, alternatively for a deeper dive you could head to Killary Pier which is about 65kms /1.25 hours away via the R336.


The nearest RNLI station is approximately 60kms away in Galway (Ph: 091-567 755), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.


Water Temperatures average 15c/54f  from June to October, and can vary from a low of  11c/52f  in early June, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f degrees in July and August.  Temperatures average 11c/52f degrees from March to May, varying from lows of down to 8c/46f  in early March to highs of up to 15c/59f in late May. Temperatures average around 10 degrees in wintertime (Nov to Feb), varying from  up to  13c/55f in early November, to down to 8c/46f in January or February.   These are surface level temperatures,  water temperature 10m down will typically be a couple of degrees lower.