Diving Zone

11 – Diving Zone: La Punta de la Mona

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°43’09″N 3°43’38″W

Difficulty: High.

Depth: Maximum depth 40 m and mean depth 35 m.

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 25 min.

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

In a first descent we reach about 6 m where the seabed is formed of gravel and abundant algae. As we continue moving forward and we approach the wall of large stones caused by landslides from the mountains near the coast, we will leave Punta de la Mona on the right.

Around 13 m deep we find the virgin’s cave where the bottom is sandy.

It is very likely to meet here with seahorses. Around 13 m deep we find the virgin’s cave where the bottom is sandy. This cave with orange corals and yellowish tones is found with a great diversity of mediterranean cardinalfish and forkbeards. Once reached 17 m deep we will notice a slight current, so in that case it is advisable for safety reasons to turn around, since the current is increasing.

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We find countless nudibranchs, numerous Anthis anthias and in the crevices, groupers, congers and morays. There are many red scorpion fish (Scorpaena scrofa) and octopus. Hidden between the stones at a depth of 5 m we will find gudgeons (Gobio gobio) and combtooth blenny, as well as, Sarpa salpa, common two-banded sea bream and Diplodus sargus. From May, there are some natural spectacles in which silver fry run away from atlantic bonito (Sarda sarda) and frigate tunas (Auxis thazard), while the wrasses delight us with their courtship.

 

SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

The immersion “La Punta de la Mona” or also known as “La cueva de la Virgen” (there is a virgin of the snows deposited there by some divers), begins in the southeast towards the cliffs. It is a serene area, sheltered from shallow currents of low difficulty, very suitable for the initiation of divers.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Mediterranean cardinalfish, forkbeards, nudibranchs, groupers, congers, morays, red scorpionfish (Scorpaena scrofa), octopus, Sarpa salpa, common two-banded sea bream and Diplodus sargus.

PERMITS

No permissions are needed to dive.

SECURITY

More precautions need to be taken than normally adopted. The dive has a high difficulty level, depth is considered dangerous and the cape is exposed to winds and currents.



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