Gallanach reef is an easy shore dive located at Puffin Dive Centre. The reef is accessible at all states of tides with an average depth of 10mtrs. A great shore dive for entry level diving or testing new kit.
Optimum Dive States: Can be dived at all states of tide. High tides bring easiest access and clearest waters.
Recommended Minimum Qualification: Entry level dive site. Sheltered bay and shallow depths when keeping south.
Important Ancillary Equipment: SMB is recommended although the A-flag covers the dive area.
Description: A large granite rock from the seabed at 9mtrs to 1.5mtrs to the top – a nice wall with abundant life and sheltered waters. A good dive site target for navigation dives.
Transit Location: From the slipway directly west. Take a bearing looking at the white house on Kerrera island directly across the water. Reach the 8mtr contour and follow in the south direction until you hit the reef.
Popular Route: Keep the reef on your left and follow the outside of the wall until wanting to return home.
Areas of Interest: Far end of the reef has plenty areas for finding large edible crab and scallops.
Silt Hazard: Silty bottom with sandy areas – keep good buoyancy off the bottom to reduce silt blow up.
Sea Life Usually Abundant: Octopus, Edible Crab, Hermit Crab, Dog fish, Scallops, Sea Urchin, Star fish
Sea Life Expected: Pipe fish, Nudibranch, Squat Lobster
Sea Life Possible: Conger Eel, Lobster, Sea Mouse