Diving Zone

04 – Diving Zone: La Cueva de las Palomas

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°43’53.1″N 3°46’15.0″W

Difficulty: Medium-Low, return in the opposite direction once consumed 1/3 of the bottle.

Depth: Maximum depth 17 m and mean depth 15 m.

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 60 min.

Recommended weather conditions: Moderate breeze (4 force), better east winds than west winds.

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 the vicinity of “La cueva de las palomas”, also called “Cueva de la Virgen” or Cave of the Virgin. From this point we will sail along the border between sand and rocks, leaving the rocky cliff on our right. During this tour we will find large blocks of stone from landslides, which leave mazes and cavities that give shelter to many fish, invertebrates and algae. The large rocks are also covered by mostly brown and red algae, especially in their areas most exposed to light and by a multitude of invertebrates in the darkest and most hidden areas.

In this dive, depending on how many stops we do, we can get to travel a good part of the dive area called “Los Ceriantus”, characterized by the presence of these colorful anemones.

As in the rest of the place, the striking yellow anemone colonies and many other species of polyps are frequent. In this dive, depending on how many stops we do, we can get to travel a good part of the dive area called “Los Ceriantus”, characterized by the presence of these colorful anemones (Ceriantus membraneceus). Schools of carangidae frequently appear in this area, such as greater amberjack that stalk other species as sardines. Other schools of fish such as Sarpa salpa, common two-banded sea bream and other sea breams are also frequent. In the background, among the corridors and caves that leave the great stones it is easy to find congers, several species of serranidae among which you can see some groupers, and also frokbeard, and other species of similar habits.

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The route can be extended until 1/3 of our bottle is consumed, then start the return, although there is the option to make a Caribbean-type dive and finish the tour in the west direction until reaching the inmmersion called “Los Candelabros”. .

SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

Located at the end of a shelter area, close to the cave itself, we will begin the dive at about 7-8 m and head towards the Southwest following the intersection between rocks and sands. We will continue turning towards the west until consuming 1/3 of the bottle to begin the return on our steps. We can ascend a few meters to reach a depth of 10 m enjoying the rocky slope until we reach the end of anchorage.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Brown and red algae, yellow anemones, schools of carangidae (greater amberjack), sardines, common two-banded sea bream, Sarpa salpa, etc. Congers, groupers and forkbeard.

PERMITS

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.

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SECURITY

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.



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