GPS: 52.124, -6.9327
Take the M7 / M9 motorway from Dublin south towards Waterford. After about 140kms leave the motorway at exit 11 then take take R704 19 kms to New Ross - cross the river in New Ross and take 3rd Exit on to the N25 to Wexford . The road for Hook Head is well sign posted and on the right hand side as you leave New Ross - follow the R733 and sign posts approximately 33 kms Hook Light House.
HOOK LIGHT HOUSE
There are several excellent and convenient dive sites on Hook Head, the most popular area is just under the light house which is also has convenient parking. The stony sea bed here means visibility is usually pretty good. Enter the water from the flat rocks near the light house and keep to the rock face on the left, - heading out this way you should come across a small cave, after checking this out - head further along the rock face until it opens to a channel on the left - take this for a while then turn right to follow a rock wall which is now to your right. Heading out along this wall you should get depths of up to 12m - head back following the same route. The series of gullies and arches which are visible from the restaurant are tempting to explore also, however depths are just 5m or 6m there, at high tide. Be careful of a potential tidal race as you head our from shore.
If the light house is a bit too choppy you could try Solomons Hole - access to this is via Slade Harbour which is about 2.5kms away (heading back the way you came you will see the harbour signposted at a junction about 2kms from the lighthouse). The Solomons Hole Dive site is about a 200m walk from the harbour. Enter the water at the distinctive Arch, you will see a small cave behind you to explore - heading out through the arc there is a crevice dropping down to about 12m, from here head to the left / north. There are several points further up the shore where you should be able to exit, alternatively you can head back and exit from your entry point (provided you complete your dive at, or close to high tide).
About 150 meters further down the coast from Solomons Hole you will find Caraig Ahoy. A rocky promontry, steep on one side, but with step like formations on the other, which make for convenient access to the water. You should get up to 20m of depth diving here, expect to see dogfish, wrasse, crabs and lobsters here.
A further 200m down the coast you will find Black Chan where the cliff face gives way to a gradual slope into the water providing east access to this site where you should be able to find the wreckage of a fishing trawler that sank in the 1960's
Visibility at Churchtown can be quite unreliable, but this is an excellent dive when conditions are good. There are the remains of two wrecks (the MV Croghan, and the Slazine) to explore here, as well as blow holes, caves and gullies. This area is best dived around high tide, as exit can be difficult at low water, beware of a tidal race as you head out from shore.
TIDE, SWELL & WIND FORECASTS
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Tramore beach are available here
It should be noted that slack water on Hook Head is an hour before low and high tide.
NEARBY DIVE SITES
Newtown Cove, in Tramore, County Waterford is approximately 45kms away if you take the Arthurstown / Passage East car ferry, not taking the ferry adds about 30kms to the journey as it is necessary to return to New Ross and take the N25 south. Dunmore East, also in Waterford, is about 35 kms away if you take the ferry.
Heading back towards Dublin via Wicklow and the N11, you might like to try diving the reef at Greystones.
The nearest RNLI station is Fethard on Sea (051-397 511), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by dialing 999 or 112.
Water temperatures around the south east coast average around 15c/54f from June to October, varying from lows of around 11c/52f in early June, to highs of 18c/64f or 19c/66f in July and August. Temperatures average around 11c/52f 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 10c/50f in wintertime, varying from up to 13c/55f in early November to lows of 8c/46f in January or February.
These are surface temperatures, water temperature 10m down will typically be a couple of degrees lower