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Dive Guide in Cabo de Gata

LAND OF VOLCANOES AND SEA OASIS

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The Nijar coast is volcanic in nature, arid and devoid of vegetation. Erosion has sculpted it with attractive and whimsical shapes and colors. Cliff walls "interrupted" by huge beaches or small coves of great
beauty and, some, practically lonely. It is surprising that these high walls do not continue their structure underwater, falling to enormous depths.
Once in the water, they do not usually exceed 4/5 m in depth, having to move away a certain distance to reach -14/15 m.
Practically all the funds are colonized by Posidonia.
Thanks to it and the sandy bottoms, these waters show off that beautiful turquoise color "Caribbean type", so spectacular. The abundance of posidonia provides shelter and food for a multitude of species, perhaps a reason for the great density and diversity of fish and invertebrates present in the Park.

LAND OF VOLCANOES AND SEA OASES

The coast of Níjar is of volcanic, arid and devoid of vegetation nature. Erosion has carved it with attractive and unusual shapes and colors.
Cliffs' faces are “broken” by long beaches or small secluded coves of great beauty.
It is surprising that these high walls do not continue their structure under water, falling to huge depths.
Already in the water, they do not usually surpass the 4/5 m of depth, having to move away to some distance to reach the -14/15 meters. Nearly all seabeds are colonized by posidonia. Thanks to it and the sandy bottoms, these waters have a beautiful shade of turquoise color as impressive as the Caribbean Sea. The abundance
of posidonia provides shelter and food for a great number of species, perhaps because of the great density and diversity of fish and invertebrates present in the Park.

Steam

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THE STEAM

She is known by El Vapor when in fact her real name is Arna. It sank in 1928 when it struck La Laja, a ridge of
mountain that is close to the surface near Cabo de Gata.
It is practically 100 m long by 15 m wide, the shallowest part of the deck is located at 26 m reaching 42 m in the sand.
Due to its size, we will need more than one dive to become familiar with it. Although it has several nets hooked on its structure, they do not pose any snagging hazard anymore 
that the waters are usually clear. It is an old wreck and is somewhat deteriorated over the years, but life takes refuge in its immense structure. Emblem of the area, diving in it is a real spectacle, where everyone wants to go.
If possible, we advise using enriched air. If the sea is not in perfect condition it is a dive for advanced divers and tek, since the current is usually strong or very strong, because it is at the most exposed point of the peninsula. It is
convenient to carry a flashlight or spotlight.

He is known as El Vapor but his real name is Arna. It sunk in 1928 when it had a collision with La Laja, a mountain ridge that is close to the surface near Cabo de Gata.
It has practically 100 m of length by 15 m of beam. The shallower part of the deck is located to -26 m reaching the -42 m in the sand.
Because of its size, we will need more than one dive to familiarize ourselves with it. Although it has several nets hooked in its structure, they do not represent any danger of hooking since the waters are
usually clear. It is an old shipwreck and it is somewhat deteriorated by the passaging of the years, but life takes refuge in its immense structure. It is an emblem in the area, diving here is a real show; this is the place where everyone wants to go. 
If possible, we recommend using enriched air. If the sea is not in perfect condition it is a dive for advanced divers and tech, since the current is usually strong or very strong, because it is at the most exposed tip of the peninsula. It is advisable to carry a torch or
flashlight.

THE YELLOWS OR THE DONKEYS

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Yellow because of the color of the wall of a nearby cliff, although it is also known as Los Burros, for the large number of triggerfish that lived in these rocks.
The dive takes place on two rock formations separated by a sand channel and totally visible between them. This dive
it lacks an anchor buoy and it is customary to drop anchor in the sandy passageway to facilitate their meeting on the ascent.
The bottom has no special interest in terms of beauty, but being on a sandy bottom relatively far from the coast, life seeks protection in it, resulting in abundance of groupers, false pollock, crooks and amberjacks and, if we pay attention blue, it is not uncommon to see sunfish.
 The depth ranges from 18 m to 21 m. As this dive site is a bit far from the coast, there may be some
current. Ideal to use nitrox.

It is called yellow by the color of the wall of a nearby cliff, although it is also known as The Burros, because of the great amount of triggerfish that lived in these rocks. The dive takes place on two rock
formations separated by a channel of sand and totally visible between them.
This dive does not have a mooring buoy and normally the anchor is casted in the sandy passage to locate it in the ascent. The seabed is not very interesting as far as beauty is concerned, but since
it is in a sandy bottom quite far from the coast, life seeks protection in it. As a result there are many groupers, gold-blotch grouper, sea bass and amberjacks, and if we pay attention to the blue, it is not
uncommon to see sunfish.
The depth varies between 18 m and 21 m.
As this dive point is away from the coast, there may be some current.
It is ideal to use nitrox.

THE ORANGE TUNNEL

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Due to the vagaries of geology, an underwater tunnel of about 50 m in length has been formed in the walls of a volcanic cliff.
The entrance can be seen from the surface, but in addition to the tunnel itself, huge blocks of rock form innumerable passageways, upholstered with Posidonia that further enhance its beauty.
It is a very shallow dive. The maximum depth that we can reach is about 12 m and the minimum is the surface, since several small vaults are opened inside the tunnel that allow us to breathe.
Apart from the different types of fish that we can find, the greatest charm of this dive lies in the color of the tunnel: the large number of sponges and orange corals on its walls give it a special, increased beauty
according to the time of day by beautiful backlights.
Immersion for all levels of diving.
It is convenient to be provided with a flashlight or spotlight.

By whims of geology, an underwater tunnel of about 50 m in length has been formed on the walls of a volcanic cliff. The entrance can be seen from the surface, but in addition to the tunnel itself, huge rock
blocks forming countless passages and Posidonia meadows increase its beauty even more.
It is a very shallow dive. The maximum depth we can reach is about 12 m and the minimum is the surface, because inside the tunnel there are several domes of small dimensions that allow breathing out.
Apart from the different types of fish that we can find, the greatest charm of this dive lies in the color of the tunnel: the large amount of orange sponges and corals on its walls gives it a special beauty, increased by wonderful backlighting according to the time of day. This immersion is for all levels of diving.
It is convenient to have flashlight or torch.

THE FRENCH CHALET

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Also known as La Cueva del Francés. It is located about 16 m deep, a bit far from the cliff face, being a bit difficult to find if you do not use the services of a dive guide.
It is a small cave on a sandy bottom, full of small 
"Kings", in which the owner and lord is a large grouper, trusting at a distance but fleeing inland when we approach. Apart from the grouper, the scenic beauty lies in several lava corridors colonized by the aforementioned Posidonia and also by several caves / caverns that penetrate the cliff face.
The fauna, typical of the park, but more abundant in terms of groupers.
Cicadas are also commonly seen. It is convenient to be provided with a flashlight or spotlights

It is also known as La Cueva del Francés. It is located about 16 m deep, is a little far away from the cliff, and is a little difficult to find if you do not use the services of a dive guide.
It is a small cave on a sandy bottom, full of small cardinalfish, in which the owner and lord is a large grouper, it is confined at a
distance but it flees to the interior when we approach. Apart from the grouper, the scenic beauty lies in several lava halls colonized by the
aforementioned Posidonia and also by several caves / caverns that
penetrate the cliff face. The fauna is the typical of the park, but more abundant as far as groupers is concerned.
Slipper lobsters are also commonly seen. It is advisable to have flashlight or torch

THE RESTING OF THE ANCHORS

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The dive site is located half a mile from the San Felipe battery. Formerly in this dive there were several anchors, today only one remains. It is a large anchor from the 18th century, which we must visit. But the most interesting part of the dive is a rocky bar that rises about 2 m above the bottom and is about 400 m long. The upper part of this bar is colonized by Posidonia up to where the rocky fall begins and is
they form a multitude of holes. This is where we find groupers, pollock, moray eels, hocks and, if we are alert, we are sure to see amberjacks and some sunfish.
The deepest point reaches 14 m, but the average depth does not exceed 12 m. 
Recommended flashlight to look inside the holes.

The diving point is located half a mile from the San Felipe battery.
Formerly in this dive there were several anchors, at present only one remains. It is an anchor of great size of century XVIII, which we must
visit. But the most interesting part of the dive is a rocky barrier that rises about 2 m above the bottom and is about 400 m long. The upper part of this barrier is colonized by
Posidonia up to where the rocky fall starts and a lot of holes are formed. That's where we find grouper, goldblotch grouper, moray eels,
and, if you are aware, we are sure you will see amberjack and some sunfish. The deepest point reaches the 14 m, but the average depth does not exceed 12 m.
It is recommended to have flashlight to look inside the holes.

THE STONE OF THE MEROS

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It is one of the furthest diving spots from the coast. A
set of rocks that emerge from 32 m to 26 m. It lacks scenic beauty, but life bustles throughout the dive, although it remains at
relative distance of the diver.
There is no anchor buoy and the anchor is dropped. It is convenient to go down the cape, as currents are usually frequent. From the surface you can usually see the bottom and, as we descend, we begin to see the silhouettes of the barracuda banks. When we hit bottom, large groupers, pollock, hocks, and huge shoals of
Dentex hunting, quite a sight! Also a huge anchor rests on the rocks.
It is a fairly flat background and we must be aware of the computer if we do not want to go into deco, enraptured by the amount of life around us. As we were told, the sighting of sunfish and sea eagles is frequent. Ideal to use nitrox to increase time on the bottom.

It is one of the dive points farthest from the coast. It is a set of rocks that emerge from -32 m to -26 m. It lacks picturesque beauty, but there is a great amount of life throughout the dive, although it remains at a relative distance from the diver.
There is no mooring buoy and the anchor is thrown. It is convenient to descend by the cape, since currents are frequent. From the surface
you can see the background and, as we descend, we begin to see the shapes of the shoal of barracudas. When we hit the bottom, we can see big groupers, haddocks, sea bass, and huge shoals of common
dentex, a real show! Also a huge anchor rests on the rocks.
It is a quite flat bottom and you have to be aware of the computer if you do not want to go into decompression, fascinated by the quantity
of life around us. As we were told, there is frequent sighting of sunfish and eagle rays. It is Ideal to use nitrox to increase time in the background

THE AMETHYST

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This dive site is located under a viewpoint on the road that bears the same name. The anchoring is done in a buoy in the Park. It is a dive of great scenic beauty. They go through a
series of passageways, as if it were the fingers of the hand, ranging from -5 m in the shallowest part to -14 m in the deepest part. The entire bottom is covered with Posidonia, leaving only the sand channels exposed. It is very easy to orient yourself, as it will be enough to follow the contour of these channels, which form various cracks and cavities that serve as a habitat for groupers, hamsters, moray eels and some clueless octopus.
It is suitable for all levels of diving.

This diving point is located under a viewpoint on the road that bears the same name. The mooring is done in a buoy of the Park. It is an immersion of gorgeous beauty. There are a series of passages, as if they were from the fingers of the hand, ranging from -5 m in the
lower part to -14 m in the deepest. The entire bottom is covered with Posidonia, only the sand channels being exposed. It is very easy to orientate, because it is enough to follow the outline of these channels, which form various cracks and cavities that serve as habitats for groupers, sea bass, moray eel and some clueless octopus.
It is suitable for divers of all levels.

CALA ROSA

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From Agua Amarga, heading towards Las Negras, when we arrive we will see how the cliff face turns pinkish in color. The anchoring is done with an anchor on a sandy bottom, taking care not to damage the Posidonia meadow, which is very abundant. The main part of the dive and the deepest, 13 m, is to explore a series of bars with numerous holes in their lower part, full of life.
We will also find a tunnel with a number of kings that give color to the photos of the environment and, in the part located at the shallowest depth, a series of rocky outcrops where hamsters, salps and groupers abound.
It is convenient to carry a flashlight or spotlight

From Agua Amarga, towards Las Negras, we will see when we arrive, how the cliff-lined wall turns pink.
The mooring is done with anchor on a sandy bottom, care being taken to not deteriorate the Posidonia bottom, very abundant.
The main part of the dive and the deepest, 13 m, is to explore a series of barriers with numerous holes in its lower part, full of life.
We will also find a tunnel with a number of kings that give color to the pictures of the environment and, in the lower part, a series of rocky landslides where the sea bass, dreamfish and grouper are abundant.
It is convenient to carry a flashlight or torch 

COLD CAVE

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The rocky corridors and the small cave Ideal for lovers of macro photography and simple dives
Of great beauty

Photo: Angular in the cave and Macro in the rest of the dive

The rocky
corridors and the small cave
I deal for Lovers of macro photography and simple immersions of great beaut

  • Type: Rocky bottom
  • Level: Beginner
  • Visibility: Usually good
  • Current: Non-existent
  • Access Access: By boat
  • Level: Beginner
  • Visibility: Uses to be very good

  • Sea: current None

  • By boat: To see Will see

    Photo: Angular in the cave and macro in the res

It is far from the cliff face and it is preferable that they take you if you want to find it.
The mooring buoy is located at a depth of -5 m. We descend to a sandy bottom and after swimming for a long time we arrive at the entrance of a small cave.
After crossing its threshold, at the entrance we will see a small chimney that rises towards the surface, going from 11 m to 3 m. Attention to the uncontrolled inflation of the vest when ascending, as the exit hole is very small.
This way we will also avoid deteriorating the environment of the exit. Both the going and the return are made through narrow rocky passages. It is convenient to be provided with a flashlight or spotlight.

It is away from the cliff face and it is better to have someone to take you if you want to find it.
The mooring buoy is located about -5 m deep.
We descend to a sandy bottom and after swimming for a long time we arrive at the entrance of a small cave.
After crossing its threshold, at the entrance we will see a small chimney that ascends to the surface, passing from 11 to 3 m. Particular attention should be paid to the uncontrolled inflation of the vest when ascending, because the exit orifice is very small.
This will also prevent the damage of the surroundings of the exit. Both the entrance and the exit are made by narrow rocky passages.
It is convenient to have
flashlight or torch

THE PETIQUE OF BITTER WATER

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Ideal for Ideal for lovers of marine biology and relaxation dives

Lovers
marine biology and relax dives
Angular Photo for the wreck and macro
for fish / Angular for the wreck and macro for fish

Type Type
Wreck / shipwreck
Level Level
Beginner and diving courses
/ Beginner and diving courses
Visibility Visibility
Good / Good
Current Sea current
Nonexistent / None
Access Access
By boat / By
boat
To see Will see
The little boat, the
rest is posidonia / The small
boat, the rest are posidonia

On a sandy bottom completely surrounded by Posidonia, lies a small wreck of about 12 m in length. It is in navigational position and is about four years old. The depth at which it lies sunk, at less than 10 m, makes it accessible to all levels of diving and we were struck by the large amount of life that has colonized it.
Serviolas swimming around him, several specimens
of groupers that do not flee, false pollock to touch, brunettes, etc.

On a sandy bottom completely surrounded by Posidonia, lies a small wreck about 12 m long. It is in navigation position and is about four years old. The depth to which it lies sunk, -10 m, makes it accessible to all diving levels. The large amount of life that has colonized it caught our attention, amberjacks swimming around him, several specimens of groupers who do not flee from you, goldblotch groupers you can touch, moray eel, etc

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