St Helena Island offers some fantastic dives, with an active Diving club and many wrecks around the island to explore.  Having water temperature around 19-26° (66-79F), and visibility of 15-25 metres there is much to discover and see on any dive.





SS Papanui

Maximum depth: 13 meters. This is one of the most popular dives around St. Helena and, being close to the shore and in little depth, is suitable even for novice divers.


Maximum depth: 28 meters. The Frontier was a fishing vessel that came to St. Helena 1997 and was siezed because it was found to be carrying illegal drugs. Over time the ship deteriorated and it was sunk in 1999. The ship lies on is starboard side. For the more advanced diver.

White Lion

Maximum depth: 35 meters. The White Lion has broken down a lot over the years but the ribs of the ship are readily seen, as are the canons. Jaques Cousteau dived this wreck when he visited St. Helena in the 1970s.

RFA Darkdale

Maximum depth: 45 meters. The RFA Darkdale was a fuel tanker torpedoed in October 1941 in James Bay by German submarine U-68 (she was the first British ship sunk south of the Equator during World War II). The Darkdale attracts a variety of marine life, especially Bullseye, Grouper, Cavalley and several endemics (Green Fish, Rock Fish), and during ascent and descent you may see Tuna and Barracuda and even Whale Sharks.




Buttermilk Point

Maximum depth: 18 meters. Starting near the Dockyard, the natural mild current that drifts around this point gently carries you 100 meters towards Banks Battery. Moray Eels are seen in great numbers (they can be aggressive during mating season).

Cavalley Point

Maximum depth: 18 meters. Cavalley Point is a spectacular dive that involves swimming through archways on various levels. Bullseye, Crayfish, Cunning Fish, Soldiers and Cavalley are seen in great numbers, especially around the entrance to the archways.


Maximum depth: 18 meters. Large numbers of Crayfish can be seen as you enter a cave that goes a few meters under the cliff. Only to be attempted in favourable sea conditions.

Red Island

Maximum depth: 18 meters. A very popular dive, providing the opportunity to explore the volcanic reef. Manta Rays are often seen on this site.

Thompson’s Valley Island

Maximum depth: 18 meters. Thompson’s Valley Island is situated neat South West Point. There are many reefs and small caves to explore.

Artificial Reef

Maximum depth: 30 meters. The artificial reef is made mostly of old cars. It’s situated just to the west of James Bay and attracts a variety of the local marine life, including some endemics (Green fish and Rock fish). Manta rays are also frequent visitors.


This is a thriving group on the island. Many people are trained each year to dive through the club. With weekly dives to various locations, an annual sponsored swim and outings for all members it is a very active club.