A Tour of Nubble Light
by Jim Drew
Nubble Light in York Maine is a favorite dive site for instructors because it's an easy entry shore dive in a protected cove and plenty of sea life to observe. In the summertime, on a Saturday morning, the site will have 40 plus divers.
Parking does become an issue if you get there much after 9AM.
There are two parking areas, the top lot has a 2 hour limit and the lower lot, near the entry area doesn't have a time restriction. Most diving is done
in the cove on the north side of the point with a maximum depth of about 70 feet.
A good first dive is to head out at 90 degrees to the two abandoned
lobster traps and then go left following the wall and large rocks along the west side of the island. The wall along the island will have plenty of ocean life from lobsters, to
wolf fish and torpedo rays, sea anemones as well as fan worms.
An alternate first dive is to head out at 30 degrees to a rock ledge that becomes a wall further out. Both of these dives can be a deep as 70 feet depending on tides and how long your air lasts.
A good second dive is to head out due north to another part of the rock ledge that's in a little closer and it's wall continuing out to a large
bolder field. Here you will see frilled sea anemones, lobsters, sea pouts and many scalpins. The depth here is about 30-40 feet.
An alternate is to head over to an area with large rock formations at a 300 degrees heading.
The depth in this area is 20-30 feet. Crack open a few sea urchins and feed the sea perch in the area. This is fun for the new divers to interact with the fish.
Night dives at the Nubble are very popular throughout the year.
The only time this site gets a bit
difficult to dive is when the wind is coming from the NW through the NE. The wind will be blowing over the open water for a time and can create a surge at the entry point. Crawling in and out of the water is
an option but the surge still can kick you around.
There is no diving at the Nubble on Sundays from the first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October.
Photos and text by Jim Drew. Editing and layout by Daniel Senie (webmaster).