GPS: 51.7821, -8.2938
Located about 25kms / 40 mins from the centre of Cork City, take the N28 south to Carrigaline, from Carrigaline take the R613 /R612 East for about 6 kms to Myrtleville
The rocks to the right of the beach in this seaside village offer a good dive when conditions are right – but being close to the estuary of the River Lee, the water can be brackish and visibility poor.
NEARBY DIVE SITES
Nohoval Cove, about 16 kms away on the R612 / R611 might be a better bet if conditions here are poor.
Roberts cove is approximately 24 kms away (51.7454, -8.3130), where depths 6m to 8m can be reached by snorkeling to the mouth of the cove, before dropping down and heading south.
Other shore dive sites in the Cork area include Kinsale next to Charles Fort (51.6936, -8.4983), as well as Castlehaven Beach (51.5181, -9.1887). If you are heading towards west Cork, you could dive at Castle Point cove, which is about 115 kms away via the R586/N71.
If you are heading back to Dublin via Waterford, you might like to try diving Helvic Head near Ring. This dive site is about 110kms / 1.5 hours away via the R628 and N25.
The nearest RNLI station is at Crosshaven (021-483 1999), the Irish Coast Guard can be contacted by phoning 999 or 112.
TIDE, SWELL AND WIND FORECASTS
Tide, swell and wind forecasts for nearby Garretstown beach are available here.
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.