Diving Zone

07 – Diving Zone: El Salto

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Location: 36°43’29.5″N 3°44’11.5″W

Difficulty: Low, return in the opposite direction once consumed 2/3 of the bottle.

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

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 70 min.

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

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 will appear among where it is easy to observe several species of anemones among which we will highlight the Ceriantus sp. We will also find a good number of sabelids (spirographs) and other tubal worms embedded in the stones rocking their plumes with the waves. As in almost every dive sites, the diversity of nudibranchs can make this a very interesting dive. It is common to find octopus and some cuttlefish, in addition to torpedo rays, striped red mullets and other fauna associated with sand and stone bordering areas. We can find here many schools of sardines and other species fry that will take our attention by their constant flashes and reflections. It is an area very visited by divers and the occasional freediving fishermen, so other species of interest such as groupers are less frequent.

If we want to start the dive from the jump, which is very attractive for many divers, we will have to go down through an unstable and slippery dirt road.

 

If we want to start the dive from the jump, which is very attractive for many divers, we will have to go down through an unstable and slippery dirt road. The jump is made from an elevated rock a little over a meter above the water sheet and is a great step forward that is not recommended for less experienced divers. It is possible to leave the water at the same point thanks to a ladder, although it is also somewhat complicated and not recommended for beginners or in bad weather.

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Starting the dive at this point, we can navigate a few meters to the south and carefully visit the great stone called “Del Hombre” and which is frequented by several species of fish such as seabreams, mediterranean chromis and typical wildlife of these large rocks. Then we will go to the beach of “La Herradura” progressively losing depth until we have consumed 2/3 of our bottle. If we have not reached the beach yet we must swim on the surface although it will not be much.

Finally, if the dive is done from the boat, we can choose the starting point and end as it suits us but it is usually done looking for the depth, that is to say in the south direction and return by the rock that will be on our right at less depth.

SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

From the beach you can navigate on the surface about 100 m until you reach the rocky area and start the immersion in a southern direction bordering the limit between rocks and sands. Once consumed 2/3 of our bottle we will start the return. From the jump you can make the reverse route to finish on the beach. Finally, from the boat, we will have the opportunity to go deeper into the South, almost reaching another dive point known as “La Calita”, although we will expose ourselves to the inclement weather and we will have to pay attention to the wind.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Anemone (Cerianthus sp.), spirographs, Octopus, cuttlefish, torpedo rays, striped red mullet and Schools of sardines and other species fry.

PERMITS

No permissions are needed to dive.

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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