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Reviewed 11 July 2012

You want to learn how to Dive from top instructors with great experience and even better attitude? Couldn’t say enough about Waterworld. Not the movie. I am talking about the number one dive centre in Ireland.


Professional and Flexible Instructors –check
Easy to use Equipment-check
Something for the kids and other non-divers to do-check
Good Irish banter and Family Ethos-check, in abundance!

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From studies from all around the world, Ireland has been proven to be one of the best educators in the world. No offence to anyone else, but it even has been said Ireland is the best country to go to for learning English as a first language. And so is true for education in diving. Must be the luck of the Irish (

Well Irish eyes are definitely smiling in Kerry. Waterworld is Ireland’s FIRST National Geographic Dive Centre and from the way they care for people I am not surprised by their care for the environment. Situated in the picturesque village of Castlegregory, at top of the peak of Scraggane Pier Road, This PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre operates from Harbour House Leisure Centre, and is home is a family of seasoned professional divers. With their endless knowledge and charming ethos, Waterworld really impressed me with their kind manner and ‘heart’. Their appealing approach to good old fashioned country hospitality puts even the most nervous diver at ease.

The Irish are best known as having the ‘craic’, and this place provides plenty of that. Everyone wants learning to be a bit more fun and less about work, and by this remarkable technique to teaching, you don’t even feel like you are being taught. You are encouraged to move at your own pace and feel completely at ease at all times. There is a wide range of interesting courses offered here and even for non-professional divers who just want to try something new, this place revolutionizes the way to learn by making it fun and motivating at the same time. PADI’s mantra –Diving is Fun- is re-enforced on every lesson.

There are recreational and educational aquatic courses, its not just about diving. You can get certified in National Power-Boating during the day and experienced navigating boats at night with a top class Instructor. You can continue your PADI education all the way up to Instructor or just play around earning your Adventures in Diving.

From my international dive experience, I have never known a better teacher than the Course Director. A lady of class and integrity, she certainly doesn’t have the words ‘I can’t do it’ in her vocabulary. And definitely won’t let you have them in yours after she is through with you! It can be hard to find a happy medium between teacher and friend but this lady manages to flow fluidly between both with ease. By the end of an hour with this fantastic woman, you will feel like you have known each other for years. Superb teacher and amazing friend, I would be proud to have her as my ‘phone a friend’.

The family owners of the centre and B&B are so charismatically good-natured and harmoniously cheerful to everyone you always feel welcome and contented in their presence. Get taught one course by a sister, another by a brother, get your mouth-watering breakfast made by a mother (try the pancakes!!) and get amazing stories and wonderful advice from a father, this family are infectious (. Whether you want to experience some fantastic dives, learn how to drive a boat or just enjoy the beautiful Kerry Countryside, the passionate Waterworld staff are always on hand to guide and encourage you.

Price wise, you won’t have better quality. Coming from Dublin and staying here 10 days was cheaper than doing the course I wanted in Dublin and living at home.

From waking up in the morning to a scrumptious included breakfast to when you lay your head down on your inviting bed, you can’t help but feel relaxed. The Gracious staff are sociable and more than accommodating and the facilities are drenched in Irish tradition that make you feel right at home. When you walk into your brightly decorated room, you automatically smile from the warmth and comfort oozing from the comfortable décor. Even though the sea in Ireland may be sometimes cold, the atmosphere here is always far from it. When you stay here, you feel like family. The warm ambiance reflects the friendly service.

Safety, there is no way this place is beat on Standards. Whether you are looking to enjoy a family holiday, looking for a pit stop on a road trip or want to enjoy some west coast diving, Waterworld can provide it all for you. And more.. With a Gym, Sauna, Swimming Pool, 3 Lounges (including a quiet and tempting reading room and a large upstairs lounge with unbeatable West Coast Ireland views), a bar and a delicious restaurant, Waterworld is more than just a dive centre. Whether you want are a diving fiend or just want to relax in a chilled out quiet atmosphere, Waterworld provides something for everyone. From play areas for the little kiddies to scenic tours for the more mature, this place surely is an oasis with a heart as big as Ireland itself.

PADI is the way the World learns to dive, but that doesn’t mean you have to search the world to learn how to dive.

So bypass the need for lying on the sun lounger in the blazing sun after a dive and keep it local. Check out Waterworld for some amazing diving and even better ‘heart’. From a training point of view, You won’t regret it. Unpretentious, humble, expertly qualified, chill-out dive professionals with an approachable and effortless style. Specialist guidance with world renowned reputations and influential practice, these professonals are on hand to practice in the 3m deep dive pool or in the local bay. Then you can relax in the sauna to smooth those aching muscles.

Diving in Ireland is definitely an experience you will never forget and with Waterworld you’ll be coming back for more. Check out Waterworld.ie for more details.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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1  Thank Aoibhe C
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

having read some of the reviews i felt compelled to write about our experience this month. We were made most welcome. our room was clean, nicely decorated and comfortable and we were very pleasantly surprised. Who needs a TV by the way when you are in such beautiful surroundings.
The location is stunning. I am told by my husband that the diving was excellent The instructors were so helpful and really friendly towards my daughter and i. We were made to feel at home by all who worked there, including the pets who were adorable!! not at all intrusive.
The food was great, children are given a choice by the staff as to what they would like to eat. I would recommend the seafood mornay. Breakfast was delicious.
The staff were so nice, they always had time for a chat with us. We could not have asked for better and i do feel that they went above and beyond the usual customer service you would receive in the bigger hotels. We found them to be a lovely family.
my daughter shed a tear when we had to leave and has begged to go back. What more can i say? Really would recommend this place if you want peace and quiet and a friendly, relaxed atmopshere.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank celeste p
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

Facilities; decent facade but the rooms were uncomfortable. Temperature controlled by Innkeeper and the temperature is whatever he thinks is appropriate...we were cold. The walls are paper thin and the hallway floor squeaks so loud when someone walks by that it wakes up a light to medium sleeper. The Coffee/Tea pot had to be put on the floor next to the bed as there was no outlet near where it was set up. We are early risers and the restaurant did not open until 8 am. The pool/spa/sauna closed at 6 pm. Room cleanliness and attention to detail was poor. Lights and window sills looked like they hadn't been dusted in months. If you are traveling to the area, do yourself a favor and stay at the Castle house in town. Bottom line, the Innkeeper made us feel that he was doing us a favor by allowing us to stay there. No customer service.

Room Tip: Don't go!
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Mike R
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

We spent one night in this place. Rooms are nice and we had a great view on the see. Bed was confortable. The room was clean, but the bathroom was only ok. The bar is also nice.
We had dinner in the restaurant, and however the dinning room was nice, the food was really poor. Ingredient not really fresh and basically not good. It's a shame to leave this very nice place with this impression

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Superkiskin
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

I stayed here with my family in August 2011 and was terribly disappointed.

I would class the accomodation and general facilities as a hostel, more than a guest house or hotel. From arrival, we were not welcomed with a warm reception and found the staff and proprietors most unhelpful. The bedrooms are very basic and in general, the building is in terrible repair. There are also dogs kept on the premises who were allowed into the kitchens through the side door, which I found very poor practice.

Also, the hotel's bar/restaurant area is closed quite early, when the owners want to go to bed and the guests are squeezed into a small sitting room - when we were there 10 of us were put into a small room to finish a drink and no-one was impressed.

The level of service at breakfast was also terrible and the breakfast itself was of a a very poor standard.

We were due to stay here for two nights, but checked out after the first and so did another couple we had met. Others we met at the hotel were surfers who found the hotel excellent as a base for surfing during the day - as the surfing is supposed to be superb near the hotel.

I would not return based on the premises and service, but there is no denying the location is spectacular.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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6  Thank Aoife S
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