Right at the end of Portland by Portland Bill is Pulpit Rock, a great drift dive and offering excellent underwater photography and videography opportunities. Because of the nature of the tides in the area this fabulous marine dive is only available once a day and is usually about a 45 minute window, Going far out from the area leads to deeper grounds with depths ranging in excess of 35 metres but sticking to shore, especially in the kelp beds, divers can see loads of sea life, crabs and lobsters.
Depth: Variable and suitable for all levels of diver
Quals: All levels of diver
Pulpit Rock is a coastal feature at Portland Bill, the southern tip of the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. The artificial stack of rock was left in the 1870s after a natural arch was cut away by quarrymen at the Bill Quarry. It was intentionally left as a quarrying relic.
Pulpit Rock was designed with religious connections; the large slab leaning against the main stack depicted an open bible leaning on a pulpit. Despite the danger, for many decades it has been a popular place for tombstoning. Pulpit Rock is also a popular point for wrasse anglers. The British record Ballan wrasse was caught there in 1998.
The geological succession up from sea level is: Portland Cherty Series (up to the level of the neighbouring quarried platform), then Portland Freestone (the oolitic limestone quarried inland of Pulpit Rock), then a cap of thin-bedded limestones which are part of the basal Purbeck Formation.