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 a lush mass of pine trees that make it unmistakable.
This dive usually begins in the middle of the wall, anchoring at 7 m depth and moving towards the area where the rocky cliff meets the sand. Leaving the wall to our left in an approximate heading of 225º, we continue until 17 m, reaching to the tip. This gradual descent makes possible a very simple and suitable immersion even for new and inexperienced divers. The average route is around 150 m (300 round trip), as we begin the dive more or less near the tip, but thanks to the shallow depth, even with a 12L bottle we can dive with enough time to contemplate the great diversity. For the same reasons of safety and simplicity, it is an ideal area for night dives.
In this environment we can observe the usual sandy fauna, like some cerianthus anemone, hermit crabs, striped red mullet and striped seabream. In open waters we will find large schools of fry of various species, as well as sardines and mediterranean chromis. On the border between sand and rocks it will be easy to find octopus and if we get closer to the cliff we can admire a wide variety of algae, sponges such as Ircinia fasciculata and Ircinia oros and many other sponges covering the rocks. It is also common to find several species of polyps such as Anemonia viridis, among whose tentacles we will frequently find Inachus phalangium spider crabs. There are also multitudes of planarians and different nudibranchs, the most frequent being those of the genra Chromodoris, Hypselodoris and Flabellinas. Peltodoris artromaculata or the cow nudibranch will be one of the most appreciated and colorful.
Continuing our tour we reach the tip, where large rocks extend from the bottom almost to the surface, with numerous crevices where conger and morays hide. In one of these large stones, there is a large cavity in the middle of the water, on which an old fishing net rests and with a little luck we can find a large lobster. To the right of this great stone, we will find the remains of a sunken ship, only remaining a few buried ship frames and some candlesticks that protrude from the sand and give name to the dive “Los Candelabros”.
We can continue aiming to the stones closer to the open sea, where we can observe some school of carangidae, or surrounding the tip and heading towards the east, refuge of other schools of fish such as Diplodus sarga, Sarpa salpa, Mediterranean chromis, common two-banded sea bream and saddled seabream. Return in the opposite direction,ince consumed 1/3 of the bottle, leaving the cliff to our right. If we try to lose depth again along the cliff we can enjoy the great diversity of organisms attached to the stones.
Access to this diving area exclusively by boat. From the beach of Cantarriján they are more than 600 m distance, not recommended for diving.
Access by boat only.
Rocky wall descending until 17 m depth.
Sandy zone: sand communities: tube-dwelling anemones (Cerianthus), hermit crab, striped red mullet and striped seabream.
Pelagic zone: Sardines and mediterranean chromis (Chromis chromis).
Rocky zone: octopus, algae, Ircinia fasciculata, Ircinia oros, etc. Anemone: Anemonia viridis. Crabs: spider crab Inachus phalangium. Nudibranch: the most frequent genra Chromodoris, Hypselodoris and Flabellina.
Interesting species: Sea-fans, spirographs, nudibranchs, orange coral, forkbeards, congers, sea snails (Cypraea lurida), shrimps, lobster, groupers, morays, trigger fish, squid. Peltodoris artromaculata the cow nudibranch, congers, morays, lobster, Carangidae, Diplodus sargus, sarpa salpa and Mediterranean chromis.
A diving permit is required to dive in “Paraje Natural Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo”. You can make the immersion through the dive centres that have the required permission or independently requesting the “autorización para la realización de actividades de uso público, turismo activo y ecoturismo en Parajes Naturales ” to the Territorial Delegation of the Ministry of Granada.
No more precautions need to be taken than normally adopted. The dive has a low difficulty level, with a maximum wind force of 4 (Beaufort scale) of moderate breeze, and depth is not considered dangerous.