Trip Report – Lulworth Cove 21st August 2011

snorkelling-lulworth-005After launching Naiad, mid morning at Kimmeridge Bay our first stop was Worbarrow bay. The visibility was about 7 metres and from the moment we entered the water we were surrounded by fish such as wrasse, mullet, white bait and Pollock. It was hard to decide where to look. Half an hour in the water passed very quickly.

We then took a leisurely trip round into Lulworth Cove where we anchored up and swam to shore for lunch. While waiting for Andi and Howard to fetch the fish and chips, Amelia and I snorkeled around in 1 metre of water about 3 metres from the shore and surprisingly saw some decent size wrasse.

Following lunch and a relaxing coffee on the beach we headed over to Stair Hole, unfortunately the waves were now about 1 metre high and we decided it would be unwise to snorkel here, so we made our way back to Mupe Rocks and tucked the boat in to the sheltered water.

We started snorkelling in about 8 metres deep where the bottom was clearly visible. Upon moving in towards the rocks where it became about 2 metres deep, once again we found ourselves amongst hundreds of white bait and various other small fish. It was like swimming in an aquarium, only colder. Both Andi and I also spotted a conger eel.