Scubadiving in Spain
Scuba diving in Spain
Thanks to the excellent communications in the island of Mallorca, from the Peninsula or from major European cities, the seabed of the Balearic Islands is one of the best scuba diving spots in the Spanish region due to the warm clear waters and a vast submarine geography that protects countless species
The network of specialized diving and countless diving sites in the islands make the practice of this sport one of the most widespread. Scuba diving is made possible at every level of experience as there are departures from shallow beaches or dives at greater depths to visit wrecks. You also have the opportunity to do night dives or cave diving such as in the vicinity of the caves of Drach departing from Porto Cristo.
In recent years, the number of natural reserves in the Balearic islands as increased, allowing the seabed to recover many of its native species such as its impressive groupers and moray, conger eels and breams, completing its fauna and flora.
As for the best diving spots, we would point out, in Mallorca, the Tramuntana spot in the north, the Cap de Formentor or the morro de Sa Vaca in the mouth of the Torrent de Pareis, the Isla de Dragonera in the south along with the Bahia de Palma, and in the northeast through the Bahia de Pollença you will find diving for the less experienced. To the east of the Cala Varques, with its numerous caves and coral reefs, you’ll find diving spots of higher difficulty.
The Archipelago of the Cabrera National Park, declared a maritime heritage since 1991, is worth special mention as it has one of the largest and most well preserved beds of Posidonia seagrass in the Mediterranean, which helps to clean the waters and improve visibility up to 50 meters. This is due to its historical isolation enabling an excellent state of preservation in both the coastline and the seabed. Here in Cabrera you’ll be able to dive in various locations of the National Park but you will need a special permit that must be requested well in advance.
On the Island of Menorca and in its caves, you’ll be able to dive regardless of your level. Forcat for the less experienced, and the Galleries of coral with its walls covered with coral and sea anemones and natural galleries for more experienced divers including a sunken ship.
In Ibiza, and around the largest of the Pitiusas islands you’ll find various small islands perfect for scuba diving like Es Vedra, Tagomago, or the largest shipwreck of Europe, the Don Pedro cargo ship, found at 47 meters below sea level. This dive is for very experienced divers with a minimum of registered dives.
Also, between Ibiza and Formentera you’ll find the marine reserve of Ses Salines that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. It is the largest protected area of the Spanish Mediterranean, where the richness of the landscapes captivate us with its Posidonia sea grass meadows and its vertical walls of stunning red gorgonian coral.
Lastly, there is Formentera with its numerous diving spots of various levels of difficulty and beauty. Starting with simple and shallow dives you have the Arco and Punta Gabina spot that are spectacularly beautiful and have a large variety of scenery. For deeper, more advanced dives there is the Plataforma area or the “Florin Brother's” sunken fishing boat.