Diving in Portland

Whether or not you have experience of diving in British saltwater you are welcome to join Big Squid on a weekend scuba diving in Portland.

We usually dive around Portland Harbour or Balaclava Bay. With 4 to 5 dives over two days on a mixture of dive sites comprising wrecks and reefs.

On Past visits to Portland, we have spotted: Red Mullet, Turbot, Dogfish, Greater Pipe Fish, Lesser Sand Eel, Garfish, Tom Pot Blenny, Pollack, Mackerel, Cork Wing Wrasse, Cuttlefish, Trigger Fish, Giant Jellyfish and Spider Crabs.

Dates 2024

20-21 Apr£279.00Advanced
08-09 Jun£279.00Advanced and Deep
29.30 Jun£249.00All levels
03-04 Aug£249.00All levels
07-08 Sep£249.00All levels
12-13 Oct£279.00Advanced and Deep

On this trip, it is possible to undertake various speciality courses.

Map of Portland here

Location & Accommodation

The trip is provided without accommodation but we are happy to advise on a range of local options to suit all budgets.

We depart from Portland on Sunday afternoon. Big Squid doesn’t offer transport to and from Portland however, the transport links are good and we try to arrange a lift for you with other members of the group on a fuel-share basis.

Typical schedule

  • Meet at Castletown car park at 08.30 on Saturday morning
  • Dive 1: Saturday 11.00
  • Dive 2: Saturday 15.00
  • Dinner in Portland
  • Dive 3: Sunday 09.30
  • Dive 4: Sunday 13.30
  • Return home    16.00




  • Boat fees,
  • Air,
  • Cylinders
  • Weights

Not included

  • Transport,
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch,
  • Dinner,
  • Equipment hire £35.00 per day,
  • Wetsuit hire: £27.50 per day,
  • Drysuit hire: £49.00 per day.


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