Every year, we welcome many diving enthusiasts to The Hotel Balmoral. Diving in Torquay has experienced a huge growth in the last few years, and this is a trend that continues to grow.

It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner to the world of scuba diving or you are a seasoned expert, the water of Torquay offers something for all skill levels.

As an example, the award winning Meadfoot beach which is right outside The Hotel Balmoral, offers spectacular shallow diving near to the beach, and awesome wreck diving a bit further out to sea. There is also a local dive school. Whatever kind of diving holiday you are looking for, our hotel is the perfect place to base yourself in Torquay.

Our friendly and helpful staff are happy to advise you on which are the best diving sites in South Devon, while also offering details about diving training courses if you are interested in obtaining the PADI certification.

Here are some of the more popular diving sites in Torquay:

Fairy Cove

One of the most popular diving sites in Torquay, Fairy Cove is a great place to start for people who have recently received their PADI certification. With shallow waters and a huge variety of sea life, there is something to explore for the whole family.

Also, a little bit further out and around 8 meteres down lies the wreck of E.Boat T.289. This is a great opportunity to begin your wreck diving hobby.

Brixham Breakwater

Fancy going for a night dive? If so, then Bixham Breakwater is the perfect location, as it is a safe dive for beginner and experienced divers alike.

Babbacombe Beach

One of the most visited beaches in Torquay is Babbacombe beach, and it has some great diving spots to get your feet weet. One such spot is a tiny little cove which can be found by following Babbacombe Downs road.

However, one of the main reasons why Babbacombe beach is so popular with divers is because of the busy pub that sits right on the beach. Just make sure you save the drinking until you get out of the water.

Shag Rock

If you have a few years of diving experience under your belt and you want something more challenging, then Shag Rock is a place not to be missed. Accessible only by boat, you will find sponges and soft corral that will amaze and delight for hours on end.

The Hotel Balmoral

Hugely popular with the diving community for many years, our family run hotel looks forward to welcoming you on your trip to Torquay. We have superb English cuisine cooked by our expert chef, a choice of en-suite cosy rooms (some with a sea view), a large garden overlooking the sea, and a great location that is close to all the major points of interest in the area.

Not only that, but we have a range of special offers that run throughout the year, so if you are looking for a winter bed and breakfast deal, or a midweek break in the summer, we have offers to suit your schedule and budget.

Accommodation for diving in Torquay has never been so good…or affordable!


Temporary Closure until 22nd May – COVID 19 

In line with government advice about avoiding non-essential travel, and the continued risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus we have extended our temporary closure until the 22nd May inclusive

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take advice from the appropriate authorities, and we will only reopen when it is clear that it is safe to do so. If this means that we have to extend the closure beyond 22nd May, we will ensure we update this page.

What this means is that we will now have to defer all bookings for anyone who was planning to visit us during the temporary closure period.

Rebook for a future date: We very much look forward to the day when all of this is over and we can welcome you back to the Balmoral – With this in mind, we are looking upon this as a postponement, not a cancellation.

 We very much hope you will want to postpone your holiday and rearrange it for a later date. You can therefore move your booking to any available date this year, we will retain your deposit to be used against this amended booking.  Please check our website for various deals and offers we have running we may be able to move your booking to the same or similar offer.

If you elect to move your booking to a date with a different seasonal rate, we will need to charge you the new rate, which may be higher or lower, depending on which season you choose.

If you have booked with a voucher then we can move your booking to another off-peak period – which will now be the Autumn. (October onwards)

 We would like to thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these exceptional circumstances .

If you have another date you would like to transfer your booking to please email us at contact@thehotelbalmoral.co.uk kindly bear with us for a response, we will get back to you asap.

 We will only be taking a limited number of calls during this time.

Please stay safe everyone and we are looking forward very much to the day, when we can throw open our doors to you all and welcome you back into the warmth and comfort of Balmoral  And when we do, we can assure you that it will be a time to remember