Diving Zone

05 – Diving Zone: La Pared Amarilla

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°43’48.6″N 3°46’08.8″W

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

Depth: Maximum depth 24 m and mean depth 20 m.

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 50 min.

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

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 de Las Palomas”. In fact you can start or finish in this cave that would be at the western end of the wall. The deepest point on the border between rocks and sand is about 24 m. We must pay attention to the ascents and continuous descents if we insist on traveling the great rocks that rise from the bottom to a few meters from the surface. It is not advisable if we want to avoid a decompression accident and also less experienced divers can easily have some buoyancy problem.

It is also common to find one of the most emblematic species of the place, which is the sunfish (Mola mola), which usually travels through these waters from spring to autumn.

Let’s start at one end or another of the wall, this immersion is characterized by the large number of conger and other cave species that we can find, such as forkbeards, Sciena umbra, torpedo rays, groupers and many others. It is also common to find one of the most emblematic species of the place, which is the sunfish (Mola mola), which usually travels through these waters from spring to autumn since it seems to be a cleaning station for them, where the mediterranean rainbow wrasse strive to eliminate parasites from their skin.

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In this area, invertebrates are frequent as colorful sponges, spirographs, serpulids, various types of cnidarians such as the striking yellow anemones or orange corals, and of course the great variety of colorful nudibranchs that live associated with the walls of these large rocks. Among the algae species we also have in this area great diversity, predominantly brown algae such as Stypocaulon sp. There is also a great abundance of the red algae Asparagopsis taxifolia, to our regret, a highly prolific invader.

SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

You can start from the point facing the current (if there is current). Next to the tip we will quickly find a depth of 20 m while traveling the bottom towards the west (heading N-W) we can maintain this depth or reach even 24 m. Return in the opposite direction once consumed 1/3 of the bottle, trying to go closer to the wall that will be on our left to lose some depth.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

GEOMORPHOLOGY

Large blocks of rock with a mixture of small rocks and sandy areas.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Forkbeard, Sciaena umbra, torpedo rays, groupers, sunfish and nudibranchs, sponges, spirographs, serpulids, orange coral and brown algae.

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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