Are you planning on diving in Spain? It’s a good choice! The waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea are at your service. The water temperature in dive sites here doesn’t fall below 20 degrees, even in the winter and summer you’ll enjoy a comfortable 25-28 degrees Celsius. As in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the numerous Spanish islands, there are many excellent places for diving. We will tell about the main destinations, as well as the most interesting.
The Balearic archipelago of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera islands will offer you the chance to visit underwater national parks, dive in caves and explore shipwrecks. Do you want to combine, in just one trip, scuba diving and excursions around the beautiful historical places in ancient cities? Disembark on Mallorca, the largest island of the Archipelago. The El Toro National Park, with its wide variety of underwater life including crabs, octopus, moray eels and clams, is the hallmark of this island. Another option is to combine a love of diving and nightlife by spending your evenings at fantastic clubs and discos; such interests are best catered by Ibiza. Diving in Menorca is a beautiful experience thanks to the abundance of animal life. Schools of barracuda, tuna, octopuses and a variety of corals. Relax in Menorca and enjoy great views of the island where tall buildings are prohibited and contemplate on the underwater world here, preserved in its original form. The great appeal of diving on Formentera stems from its underwater surroundings being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Surprisingly, not many people associate Canary Islands with diving and this is completely undeserved. As is often the case in the most popular tourist locations, intro dives for non-divers are often offered in the Canaries for a tidy sum. For dive centers that specialize in this service, showing beautiful dive sites isn’t a prime concern when it’s possible to simply fleece a customer for a few days. Their business is to make a single dive. For certified divers, there are very different dive centers which are usually located away from tourist areas and on the coast close to the dive sites and marinas. Of course, the water temperature in the Canary Islands differs from the Mediterranean and hardly exceeds 20 degrees Celsius. Some dive sites can have temperatures of 10 degrees or less. It depends not just on the time of year, but also the weather conditions, currents and location. Be prepared for needing two wet suits and, in some cases, you’ll find things much more comfortable in a dry suit. The Canary Islands are literally the tops of the volcanoes. Thus they have fairly steep slopes almost immediately leaving a very large depth. The landscape consists of strangely shaped rock formations formed from cooled lava and of picturesque arches, grottos, caves and, of course, walls. The underwater fauna here is quite diverse. During one dive, you can see several species of stingrays and manta rays. From crevices covered with beautiful, unusual shapes, sponge and sea urchins can peek. Interestingly enough, each of them will have different coloring. It is both surprising and beautiful. Visibility is excellent, so the Canary Islands can be called a great place to create underwater photographic masterpieces. There are large sea turtles and several species of sharks, including the favorite of many divers, whale sharks. If you opt for another trip to the Canary Islands, be sure to stay on the islands of Tenerife and El Hierro and you will not be disappointed.
Not far from Valencia, is the archipelago of Columbretes. The islands are of volcanic origin, and underwater vistas abound with lava-forged ‘mushrooms’ and other bizarre shapes. Here there are quite a lot of interesting creatures. There are lobsters, dolphins, octopuses, moray eels and a variety of fish that we’re more used to seeing in Mediterranean cuisine. This area is loved by many divers thanks to the crystal clear water. Having been here once, you will certainly compare the visibility with other dives, and almost always a comparison will be in favor of the Columbretes.
The popular tourist destination of Costa Brava also has wonderful places for diving. In the luxurious carpets of calcareous algae, there hide colorful nudibranchs. At a greater depth, schools of barracudas and tuna are loiter. There are often octopuses and various large crustaceans. The remains of shipwrecks from the times when, within these waters, pirates flourished. These old ships beckon adventurers for possible discoveries and findings.
As mentioned at the beginning, most of the Spanish coast is of interest for divers. Hundreds, if not thousands of dive sites are waiting for you in the Pyrenees and the islands of the Spanish Crown. Everything you need for choosing a dive center which is located near your area.