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- 1 Best places to cuba dive in Spain
- 2 Some helpful tips
Have you ever dreamed of exploring the seabed and discovering the tranquility that lies beneath the surface of the mediterranean sea?
Did you know that Spain has one of the best scuba diving sites of the European continent?
With a rather mild climate, it is quite normal that the country attracts a crowd of visitors every year. From beginners to experts, many people come here every year to discover scuba diving. Spain’s coast definitely offer the best dive sites to enjoy the sea.
Here’s a list of the most famous diving spots in Spain that will make sure you have an amazing and unique experience. Be ready to dive into a journey to the bottom of the sea!
Best places to cuba dive in Spain
Spots on the Costa Brava
This part of the Spanish coastline offers a wide choice of dive sites. In the province of Girona for example, there are several places among the best dive sites in Spain. Such as the famous “Los Ullastres”, where divers have the opportunity to admire yellow gorgonians, conger eels and groupers, at a depth of 25 to 35 metres.
Roses, Barcelona, Escala, Estartit, Palamos, Tossa de Mar, Mataro or Sant Feliu de Guíxols offer other amazing dive sites. The temperature of the water is pleasant and crystalline most of the year. Perfect for diving courses and diving itself.
The Balearic Islands, not to be missed
What about an extended stay in Ibiza, Mallorca or Menorca? This might be the perfect opportunity to make your holiday in Spain unforgettable. The Balearic Islands offer spectacular underwater environments for divers. That is why they host many international underwater photography events, with visibility ranging from 15 to 40 meters in depth.
Scuba diving Mallorca is great for beginners up to professionals with more than 20 years of experience. This dive centres promise quality, professionalism and fun! You’ll be able to dive in the cliffs, discover caves, be in crystal-clear waters and swim sorrounded by rich marine fauna.
If this is your kind of trip then we highly recommend you to take a look at our diving Mallorca tour.
The underwater rocky landscape, arches and tunnels will offer you an unforgettable experience! You will dive among fishes such as mojarras and salpas as well as octopus, seahorses and surely many more surprising ones!
The inescapable sites on Costa del Sol
The seabeds of the beaches of the Costa del Sol hide many secrets waiting to be discovered. With a beautiful climate and calm waters all year round, it is an activity that is not limited to the summer.
If you want to learn diving, you will find the best diving school in the villages of the coast. Close to Torremolinos for example, you have the chance of getting introductory and first dive courses as well as advanced courses. From shore dive to open water dive. And the best part is, they are open all year round!
Another option is the Marina of Fuengirola, where you can find one of the best diving schools of the entire Costa del Sol. Offering you the opportunity to get to know the underwater world in a safe and fun way.
Finally, located in the south of the country, right in the heart of Marbella’s Marina, you can find courses that work with small groups for a better learning experience. There you can take PADI dive courses from initial level to professional diving instructor level, first dives and guided dives. You can also take any course with Nitrox, which extends your time underwater!
Other wonders, the Canary Islands
Relatively unknown to French divers, the Canary Islands are a very interesting destination and a great alternative to others in terms of price and distance. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Morocco, these Spanish islands enjoy appreciable climatic conditions with water at 20° on average. We could even speak about an eternal spring.
The dive sites in the canary islands are varied and have everything to satisfy the tastes of the most demanding divers.
History lovers can focus on Gran Canaria and its fifty or so wrecks. Fuerteventura will delight curious divers who will be amazed by the astonishing lava formations and the dizzying drop-offs. El Hierro and Lanzarote promise many encounters with abundant and diverse fauna.
If you’re also a fan of other water sports such as surfing, then Lanzarote is the right place for you. The island is visited by surfers from all around the world! You can read more about Lanzarote’s natural heritage on this blog.
Tenerife, protected by its magnificent volcano El Teide also benefits from the presence of very good diving centres. They offer magnificent bottoms and a typical Atlantic fauna combined with numerous subtropical specimens. Cetaceans and big fish are present all year round.
The Canaries are an unexpected diving destination to be enjoyed without moderation!
The Medes Islands, a must-see
The Medes Islands are undoubtedly a must in Spain.
Not far from the Costa Brava, the Medes Islands consists of 7 little islands. In which, with the absence of fishermen, becomes an ideal place to observe the diversity of species. A true paradise for divers from all over the world.
The diving centres are divided between several emblematic sites such as La Vaca, Cavall Bernat or Pota de Llop. The biodiversity you’ll find, make up a unique underwater world that is among the most emblematic in the Mediterranean.
After a long day of diving, you will definitely feel the hunger coming though. Great, because just across the Medes islands, you will find a range of amazing restaurants, right next to the marina. Check out one of our favourite restaurants in the area.
Some helpful tips
Visibility in the Mediterranean Sea is often good at around 15 and 40 metres. The water temperature varies from 14°C in February to 26°C in August. Marine currents are not very strong except on a few deep-sea dive sites.
There is no particular level required. Beginners, as well as more experienced divers, will find what they are looking for in the Spanish seas.
What to see when diving in Spain?
The Spanish seabeds have a very rich ecosystem of animal species. You will have the opportunity to meet sea angels, eagle rays or moonfish in the Canary Islands for example. Overall The Mediterranean Sea offers a unique underwater landscape characterized by reliefs and corals.
Since visibility is very good, you can actually see the underwater caves, home to octopus, moray eels, sars, barracudas and even solitary groupers. But, if you’re lucky, you will also come face to face with whales, sharks and dolphins.
It should be noted that diving is not only for contemplating fish of all kinds in their natural environment. Some sites also house shipwrecks that have marked the history of the country. Over time, these wrecks have become shelters for aquatic animals, and also serve as supports for algae.
How to start scuba diving?
Because of the technical aspects that are essential to master and practice this sport safely, it is recommended that you do an apprenticeship with professionals. Starting with a first trial dive that will allow you to validate your interest in diving, and also your physical abilities.
Luckily, we have made it easier for you to start. You can book this Scuba diving tour that is perfect for beginners and be assured to have a professional instructor by you.
What to pack up and when to leave?
Planning a scuba diving trip is not the same as planning a simple stay in a Spanish city. It is essential to plan your departure well so that you don’t miss anything of the Spanish underwater seas. The ideal conditions for diving in Spain are: the absence of currents, having good visibility underwater, and a water temperature of over 20°. Even so, be aware that it is always possible to dive, whatever the season of your arrival in Spain.
Remember that the best time to start diving is between September and October. Indeed, the water temperature is pleasant during these months and the wind does not blow too much. On top of that, it is the low season, which means the crowds disappear. This provides an ideal setting to approach the fish in complete tranquillity.