Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Netherlands
The most famous dive site on the north of the Oosterschelde. Big parking, in the weekends very busy. Tidal water, diving on the moment between high and low tide is advised. You'll have a one hour window with no or moderate currents. Later the currents will be extremely strong and diving is dangerous. The Oosterschelde houses huge lobsters and lots of different fishes, such as sea bass. The pillars on the bridge are built are very nice to start your dive. You can snorkel to the pillar and go down there, the depth is approx. 12 metres on low tide. It is also possible to start from shore and swim out. In May/June the catfish come here to mate and lay eggs. A very rare and beautiful site. You can see up to 30 catfish in one dive.
From the parking you can go straight into the water. It is a bit of a climb on the slippery rocks, but is not hard. The sandy bottom is covered with rocks, which makes the life abundant and diverse. The slope goes down rather quick to about 30 meters. Lots of different nudibraches, anemones, big lobsters, a lot of crabs. Visibility is not always good, but it is a nice dive site. Be aware of the currents, you can only dive on the change of tides!!! Plompetoren is on the Plompetorenweg along the Oosterschelde, between Schelphoek and Burghsluis. Drive along the mainroad N59 coming from Zierikzee in the direction of Middelburg. Follow directions Burghsluis and from Burghsluis drive east, the water on your right-hand side. You will see the big tower which is called Plompetoren and the parking here. From the parking, you can go straight into the water.
Also one of the most visited dive sites of the Grevelingenmeer. Parking for apprx. 25 cars, stairs to cross the dyke. Depth range from 2 to 30 meters, most beautiful depth between 3 and 15 meters. To the right of the entry is the Gemaal. Old wooden pillars, beautifully overgrown with all kinds of anemones, sponges and home to many cabs, shrimps and fishes. Great place for photographers.
Kerkweg Den Osse
Kerkweg Den Osse is one of the most famous (and most visited) dive sites in the Grevelingenmeer, a huge saltwater lake in Zeeland. Big parking, two mobile toilets, snack bar available. Stairs to cross the dyke and o help you into the water. Depth range from 2 meters to 30 meters. Most beautiful depth range is 5 to 15 meters. Artificial reef of reef balls placed in 2001, is now beautifully overgrown with anemones and houses a lot of lobsters, crabs and fishes.
In the Netherlands there are over 50 fresh water dive sites and 250 saltwater dive sites. The saltwater divesites are all subjected to tidal influence and located in Zeeland. There are two books available about diving in Zeeland.
A great site to dive, but can be very busy at times. In 2008 this site has been renewed as a result of Shore improvements. It now has a stair leading into the water so getting in or out is easier instead of climbing over rocks