Diving in Granada


Costal Tropical de Granada, bathed by the Alboran Sea, is the transition between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The cold and rich waters of the Atlantic meet the warmer and saltier waters of the Mediterranean Sea creating unusual environmental conditions that reflect the wide diversity of marine species. The Sea constitutes the natural border between Africa and Europe, where the tectonic plates of the continents collide giving rise to the Betic mountain range. There we find a smaller mountain range, Sierra Nevada, that reaches the maximum altitude of the Iberian Peninsula at Mulhacén peak, with 3,478 metres.

In addition, they form natural shelters that, with the nutritional contribution of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean marine currents, favour the great abundance of species and habitats that reside in the coast of Granada.  Spectacular orange corals, sea dusters and anemones cover the rocks in the seabed and provide habitats for colourful nudibranchs and rockfish. The high presence of shelters and a relatively deep water coast, invites large pelagics, such as sunfish or sea eagles, to continually visit the tropical coast and be observed while diving.

On the other hand, these rocks provide refuge to large groupers, haddocks, cuttlefish, octopus, where gorgonians and various coral species settle. In fact, this coast is an area of great importance for the study of nudibranchs due to the huge variety of species of these colourful mollusks. The great biodiversity of these waters attracts dolphin families to the shores, which can be observed while sailing or diving.


01 – Diving Zone: Playa Cantarriján

La Herradura/Diving Zone

This dive, also called “La Esquinita”, is highly appreciated by divers with autonomous equipment and by free divers. The dive usually begins in the westernmost area of ​​Cantarriján beach, sailing to the west. We are in the provincial limit between [...]

02 – Diving Zone: Los Candelabros

La Herradura/Diving Zone

From Cantarriján beach in the direction to Cerro Gordo and after passing several rocky promontories, we can see a wall that forms a straight angle with the beach line, located at the shelter of the east winds and topped by [...]

03 – Diving Zone: Los Ceriantus

La Herradura/Diving Zone

The immersion can be done protecting yourself from the winds coming from the west and without many currents. At the beginning we will find a bottom of sand and rocks having on our left the rocky cliff. The rocks will be [...]

04 – Diving Zone: La Cueva de las Palomas

La Herradura/Diving Zone

In this case you can make a dive looking for the protection of the west winds. The name of this dive can lead to confusion since it is not diving in any cave, although the anchor point is located in [...]

05 – Diving Zone: La Pared Amarilla

La Herradura/Diving Zone

It is an immersion in which the mixed bottom predominates between large blocks of rock from landslides and a substrate of smaller rocks along with sands that extend out to sea. This dive can overlap with the so-called “La Cueva [...]

06 – Diving Zone: Calaiza

La Herradura/Diving Zone

It is a very simple immersion and with the possibility of apnea. The dive can be started outside the Place, right on the beach of Calaiza, and travel south-southwest, swimming until you reach almost the southernmost point of the place. Caution [...]

07 – Diving Zone: El Salto

It is a fairly simple dive with the possibility of apnea. Starting our tour near La Herradura beach we will find a border between sand and stones with abundant algae covering the bottom. As we take depth southward, larger rocks [...]

08 – Diving Zone: La Calita

La Herradura/Diving Zone

Once we descend to the rocky bottom. We can go directly south, flying over the rock blocks scattered across the bottom until we reach the end, leaving the great wall that rises to our left. Once we descend to the rocky [...]

09 – Diving Zone: Piedras Altas

La Herradura/Diving Zone

Diving ship support is necessary and the dive begins with it adrift. The direct descent will be made until reaching a level close to 30 m. Here are located the large stones that rise from the bottom several meters and [...]

10 – Diving Zone: La Cueva de Jarro

La Herradura/Diving Zone

This highly exposed immersion resembles immersion 9 “Piedras Altas” due to weather conditions, depth and the ecosystems that can be observed on it. It is recommended only for experienced divers and with the corresponding qualification. The dive is centered in [...]

11 – Diving Zone: La Punta de la Mona

La Herradura/Diving Zone

In a first descent we reach about 6 m where the seabed is formed of gravel and abundant algae. As we continue moving forward and we approach the wall of large stones caused by landslides from the mountains near the [...]

12 – Diving Zone: La Piedra de la Higuera

La Herradura/Diving Zone

In this dive we find a relatively open bay that connects to the north with the beach of Marina del Este. It is a very interesting dive because of its depth, the existence of a rock formation that stands out [...]

13 – Diving Zone: El Roqueo de los 14

La Herradura/Diving Zone

The dive begins about 50 meters from the beach of Marina del Este. At about 9 m we find a sandy bottom and small stones, where on some occasions we can see some seahorses camouflaged with the environment. On the [...]

14 – Diving Zone: Punta del Vapor

La Herradura/Diving Zone

This dive begins from the left side of the beach of Marina del Este and at 5 m we find a quite interesting zone of large and rounded rocks with a great variety of species. A few meters from the [...]

15 – Diving Zone: Las 21 – Las Motos

Almuñécar/Diving Zone

This dive will begin in Almuñécar, through the rocky borders next to San Cristóbal beach. Once we anchor the boat we will dive to 8 m deep where we will find a sandy bottom. Diving north or northwest we will [...]

16 – Diving Zone: Pecio San Cristóbal

Almuñécar/Diving Zone

This dive will begin in Almuñécar, along Peñón del Santo in front of San Cristóbal Beach. There is a wooden boat located on a sand bottom 24 meters deep about 12 m in length with a large number of stones inside [...]

17 – Diving Zone: Embarcadero Calahonda

Calahonda/Diving Zone

The first milestone of immersion is found just below the mooring rope, in the remains of an ancient trammel net over which a curious biological community has developed.  It is easy to find seahorses (Hyppocampus guttulatus) and in the hollows [...]

18 – Diving Zone: Cueva de las Palomas o del Zambullón

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

The dive begins below “Torre del Zambullón”, and runs eastwards along the cliff, leaving the wall to the left. Several caves appear on the route, the most important being the Cueva de las Palomas or Cueva del Zambullón. Its entrance [...]

19 – Diving Zone: La Laja

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

The dive begins on a sandy bottom, where the ship is anchored to avoid damaging the communities of the rockers we are going to visit. Once we submerge we will reach the depth of 12m and follow the rocky profile [...]

20 – Diving Zone: Zacatín

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

The area is of a unique beauty, appearing multi-colored gorgonians among which you can see common dentex (Dentex dentex) and greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili), being a place especially recommended for the observation of rough pen shells and rockfish. Also noteworthy is [...]

21 – Diving Zone: Punta del Cerrón

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

We will anchor near the cliff, on the sand, in order not to damage the communities of the rocks that we are going to visit. The dive begins at 12m deep following the cliff wall in the Northeast direction. This [...]

22 – Diving Zone: Cueva Hormigonera

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

It is a very simple and easy immersion in which we will always find good visibility. We will anchor next to the wall in a sandy area that does not damage the habitat that we will visit. Once in the [...]

23 – Diving Zone: Cala Higuera

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

It is a very small cove near “Punta de la Rijana”. It is more than advisable to dive from a boat if heavy autonomous diving equipment is to be used. It is a very simple and easy immersion in which [...]

24 – Diving Zone: La Rijana

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

The orography of the beach offers refuge on both sides, the dives are usually made on the east wall, as it is richer in terms of diversity and morphology. We begin the immersion in the area near the beach, on [...]

25 – Diving Zone: La Rijanilla

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

We will anchor the ship in the sandy area, west of Rijanilla Bay. Here, in the extreme of “Punta el Condenado”, a large rocky slab that enters the sea. There is the possibility of several itineraries but mostly they run through [...]

26 – Diving Zone: La Grieta – Los Tajos

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

We will find ourselves inside this small cove, anchoring the boat over a sandy area so the reef areas underwater don’t get damaged. Once we start diving we will easily reach a depth of 12 m that will allow us [...]

27 – Diving Zone: Cueva del Melonar

Gualchos-Castell de Ferro/Diving Zone

The melonar cave and its surroundings possibly constitute one of the richest and most colorful areas of this protected area (ZEC). The dive begins in the most southwest area of ​​the waterfront, anchoring the boat in a sandy area. We submerge [...]

Scuba Tropical

La Herradura/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. The center has a training room, equipment washing area and bottle loading.Being located at the Hotel Almijara offers special prices for divers. It also manages reservations for sailing trips, with excursions of three hours, full day [...]

Open Water La Herradura

La Herradura/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. Located on the seaside, overlooking the magnificent bay of La Herradura, the center is a platform to transport you to the adventure and beauty of the waters that surround it.


La Herradura/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. The center is located just 50 meters from the seaside, next to the entrance of the New Camping La Herradura. Most of the dives take place in the Maro-Cerro Gordo area, which after years of protection, [...]

Buceo Aqualia

La Herradura/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. Buceo Aqualia owns a set of facilities to develop its courses. The initial parts of the courses are hold in a confined water environment, the shallowest part for initial exercises and the deepest part for buoyancy [...]

Almuñécar Dive Center Scubasur

Almuñécar/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. Scubasur shows the sensations and experiences that are lived being a diver under the supervision of an instructor. The course involves a confined water session for basic training followed by an open water session to go [...]

Buceo Marina

La Herradura/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. All levels of training, from simple introductory programs (Discover Scuba Diving) to professional levels such as instructor development programs (IDC). Specialized in: – Dives in La Herradura and the Maro cerro Gordo Natural Area – Initiation [...]

Buceo Calahonda

Calahonda/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. Buceo Calahonda is a center that offers rigorous training in knowledge and the acquisition of safety and skill in the water for both new students and those who wish to advance their career as divers, with [...]

Buceo La Herradura

La Herradura/Active tourism companies

Diving and underwater activities. We carry out courses for all levels from the initial level to the instructor level. Adaptation to the client in days and hours. Buceo La Herradura offers a technical service for regulators, jackets, computers and suits. [...]

The Costa Tropical is perfectly prepared for any incident during diving. The area is equipped with rescue and medical assistance services suitable for diving activities. It is a widely hospitalized coastline that has a hyperbaric chamber less than an hour away. Remember to use the 112 telephone number in case of any emergency.

Due to the orography of “La Costa Tropical”, the dives quickly reach depths of 20 to 50 meters and there are points subject to currents. If you do not know the area, it is best to go to one of the local dive centers to do the activity with them comfortably and safely. You can access an updated list of dive centers on the Costa Tropical on the same website.

Are you ready to dive?

- Check where you have your degree.

- Look at the expiration date of your insurance.

- And the last medical checkup? Remember that it is mandatory to do it every 2 years according to the Order of October 14, 1997, which approves the safety regulations for the exercise of underwater activities. Chapter IV, Section 5.

Is your equipment ready to dive?

- Check that you do not have damaged material ( broken suit, flashlight batteries, knife).

- Check that the regulator, jacket and bottle revisions, are up to date.




1. Help the injured as far as possible. If you are on the surface, do not leave it unattended at any time. In case of being submerged try to apply rescue techniques. Mark the last location in case of disappearance.

2. Initially assess the risk situation and the possible damages or injuries of the injured party. Contact emergency services as soon as possible. During the transfer to the coast and / or on the shore itself, apply CPR or oxygen supply as appropriate.

3. Request help from the 112 or nearest Medical Service (Almuñécar Health Center, Open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Phone 958 64 97 63/958 63 22 66) and prepare the evacuation of the injured. Contact the medical services to explain the accident, stating if it was a diving accident, and providing as much detail as possible and requesting, if appropriate, the helicopter service and the notice to the nearest hyperbaric center (El clinic Angel of Malaga contacting 952 04 50 00).

4. If you are already on the shore and there is a possibility of transport, transfer to the injured. If not, wait for medical assistance. While the injured person is under our responsibility to constantly apply CPR or 100% oxygen as appropriate.

5. Locate the dive computer, the victim’s dive book, accident insurance, documentation of the degree and the maximum data (depth, dive time, type of dive, etc. What was being done) that can help the doctor to establish the most appropriate treatment.


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