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The International Writers Magazine:UK Tourism

Cornwall (and the UPSAC diving trip)
Rebecca Wass


On April 5th 2008, the University of Portsmouth Sub Aqua Club (UPSAC) journeyed to Cornwall for a fantastic week of diving off the Cornish coast.

Staying at a caravan site at Kennack Sands near Helston, we travelled to Porthkerris beach for many varied dives, including the diving of a boat wreck – the Volnay, shore dives and drift diving further from the shore. It was a wonderful site with a surprising number of facilities including air fills and a dive shop. While the University club trains all of its members under BSAC regulations, Porthkerris Divers also provide PADI training for groups or individuals.

Underwater we saw Wrasse, Pollock, purple Starfish (one was even tearing into a cream egg) and a Seal. The dives were beautiful and it surprised us all that such good diving existed on the English coastline.

Mid-week we also made a trip to Falmouth, where we dived a popular shore dive. We were even able to take the famous scallops home for dinner! That evening we tucked into famous fish and chips from the local shop and sat looking out over the beautiful coastline, in what was surprisingly glorious weather.

The trip was incredible, with most people begging to go back again during the summer. Diving in Cornwall is not only relatively inexpensive and a great opportunity for training, but it is also worthwhile, with the marine life varying daily (and nightly!).

Also in Cornwall:
Restaurants:
The Abbey (Penzance) – Haute Cuisine £50-£60 per head
The Bay (Penzance) – International food using fresh local produce £30-£40 per head
The Bakehouse (Penzance) – Fresh fish and more £20-£30 per head
The Victoria Inn (Perranuthnoe) – Gastro-pub £30-£40 per head
Kota (Porthleven) – Cornwall meets Asia in style £30- £40 per head
The Lugger (Porthleven) – Local English style £20-£30 per head
The Sandbar (Praa Sands) – Beach side Bar/Resteraunt, dog friend, surf friendly – from £10 to £20 per head depending on order.

TERRANCE CHOCOLATE FACTORY- watch chocolate being made and try some! Shop attached.

Where to Stay:
Also, for an amazing place to stay in Cornwall, a new set of luxury flats has recently been constructed in Praa Sands, one of which 'Serenity' makes for a fantastic place to rent for families with children who want to be right next to a (blue flag) beach, or for couples wanting a luxurious holiday. http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p97969

Rebecca is stydying Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth

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