Diving Zone

08 – Diving Zone: La Calita

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°43’17.1″N 3°44’09.7″W

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

Depth: Maximum depth 30 m and mean depth 20 m.

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 30 min.

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

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 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, which are devices rich in biodiversity, and it is a common appeal to divers. In this case, after the sculptures we will also sail southbound to overcome the cape and take south-east direction until we have consumed 1/3 of our bottle.

In addition to the usual species of sea breams and wrasse such as ornate wrasse and mediterranean rainbow wrasse with groupers, not large but equally striking, hidden under crevices and caves.

Among the rocks in the background we can find the usual, but always surprising fauna of the area, highlighting some species of gorgonians, orange coral colonies, and even some colony of candlestick coral (Dendrophyllia ramea). The nudibranchs and the spirographs will not be missing. Among the vertebrate fauna, schools of mediterranean chromis will be our company throughout the dive. In addition to the usual species of sea breams and wrasse such as ornate wrasse and mediterranean rainbow wrasse with groupers, not large but equally striking, hidden under crevices and caves, which can be of considerable size. One of these caves is called the Lobster Cave due to the presence of one of these impressive decapods.

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The average depth of the dive, close to 25 m with maximums that can reach more than 30 m, will force us to reduce our dive time and return soon to the starting point. It is important a good weather conditions since this area is given to currents and sudden changes of oceanography that can lead to occasional complication.

SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

We begin the immersion at the anchor point in the shelter area of this small cove. We descend through the mooring rope to about 12 m and begin to swim in the south direction always controlling the depth that can reach 28 m once the end of the rope. We will cross the area of intersection between the sand and large scattered rocks until we reach 1/3 of our bottle. In the return it is advised to stay closer to the great wall that will be on our right.

ACCESS

Access by boat only

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Gorgonians, orange coral and Dendrophyllia ramea. Nudibranchs, spirographs, schools of mediterranean chromis, groupers and lobster.

PERMITS

No permissions are needed to dive.

SECURITY

More precautions need to be taken than normally adopted. The dive has a medium-high difficulty level, depth is considered dangerous.



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