Mallorca is the largest island of the Balearic archipelago and a great place for a beach holiday. If you are planning to spend your holidays here, why not take the time to go diving? The high season for diving here, and for tourism in general, lasts from May until October. In May, the Mediterranean Sea is heated to 20-21 degrees, by the end of June dive computers tend to already show 24*c and in August the water reaches 28 degrees Celsius, then things gradually become cooler. But even in the winter months diving here will be fantastic if you are a dry suit diver. National Parks, with their rich underwater world, many caves and wrecks, attract divers from all over Europe and beyond to Mallorca.
Mallorca is famous for its caves, which are popular sites for dives and, on the west coast, there are hundreds. One of the most popular is the Cave La Cueva del Diablo, or Devil's Cave. Inside the first chamber of the cave are several branches, one of which leads to the second chamber, which is studded with stalactites and stalagmites. There is air in this chamber and it is possible to float and look upon what resembles some movie set for a ‘temple’ and share your experiences with other divers. Another notable cave, in the village of Cap Vermell, is called the ‘Cave of Red Walls’. In addition to the special red rock in the cave, a lot of animals can be found nearby, including a gianst mussel whose shell can reach more than 20 centimeters in diameter, schools of barracuda, rays, octopuses and more. Also of interest are the cave of Heavenly Light and another simply named ‘Trinity.’ The first cave is very convenient to begin a course as a Cave Diver and just for getting acquainted with diving in caves. The second cave is interesting for experienced cave divers as it is a complex of three caves that are interconnected by narrow corridors. There are usually a lot of living creatures here. Near the exit from the cave, the rock formations are very similar to a cathedral and you can decide whether it’s possible that Gaudi might’ve had some inspiration for his designs after all. It’s nevertheless a great place for divers to take some pictures!
Mallorca has been inhabited since Paleolithic times. It was repeatedly conquered and for thousands of years has been a base for pirates and a sea harbor for military and civilian fleets. Therefore, around the island at a depth accessible enough, the wreckage of sunken ships of different epochs can be found. For example, if you dive near the town of Palma Nova, you have the opportunity to see in just one dive at least four wrecks lying at a depth of 15 to 30 meters. In and of themselves, these vessels are mere ruins and not very interesting, but they’ve come to form an artificial reef and serve as a home to a great deal of marine life. Perhaps the final consideration is the fact that few divers can claim to have seen four wrecks in one dive!
For fans of underwater photography, we recommend making a dive in the El Toro National Park. The number of divers are strictly limited by the local government, therefore perhaps it is here that the most living creatures can be found: Scorpion fish, octopuses, moray eels, crabs, huge schools of barracuda, various mollusks, stingrays, sea turtles, and nearly a hundred other species of marine fauna are present in these waters.
Mallorca is the perfect place for recreation. Whether you're a lover of studying the architecture of ancient cities, a climber, windsurfer, amateur club musician or just like beach chairs and tropical cocktails, you are sure to find ‘your’ Mallorca. But if you're also a diver or want to become one, it would be this island’s pleasure to open the beautiful underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea for you.