The clear waters around Guernsey are great for diving and there are several excellent diving schools. The visibility is definitely better than UK waters with up to 10+ metres and also, the waters are slightly warmer by some 2-3 degrees. Literally hundreds of ships having been lost in these waters so there’s some excellent wreck diving, plus reefs, walls, steep pinnacles and open ground.
Hit the waves
Guernsey has a number of popular surfing beaches. If you are relatively new to the sport there are well marked zones to surf in at Vazon Beach. Beginners (i.e. first year of surfing) should stay between the check flag painted on the wall and the large dot on the wall by the Martello tower.
The main surf spots are Vazon beach (great for learning), Vazon Reef/Totherside and Centres at Richmond. Expert surfer also go surfing at Portinfer and Perelle.
All these spots are very dependent on tidal conditions as well as, obviously, swell. Vazon, for example works best 2-3 hours before and after high water. The reef only works at high tides and centres only on Spring Highs. Portinfer is only for experienced surfers. Lots of rocks and boulders, usually only works on a dropping tide from about 2 hours after high water.
There’s also an excellent surfing school at Vazon Beach – all the instructors are qualified Beach Lifeguards and accredited Surf Coaches who are friendly, patient and extremely committed to what they do.