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PLACES TO DIVE UK COASTAL DIVES

Farne Islands

THE AMPHITHEATRE

As I swam around the sheer underwater wall, I had high hopes. On the surface, the weather presented an overcast picture not unfamiliar for an English August Bank Holiday. But below, the visibility was better than 15 metres and I had my heart set on an encounter with inquisitive seals.

The wall parted, exposing the entrance to the Amphitheatre. Finning slowly against a steady current, I came to a flat, perfectly circular (well, almost) sandy 'stage'. There, resting on the sea-bed, were three or four grey seals. I stopped finning and gradually and gently settled down on the sand and began to imitate them........read more


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