Diving Zone

18 – Diving Zone: Cueva de las Palomas o del Zambullón

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°42’05″N 3°24’29″W

Difficulty: Medium-Low.

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

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 70 min.

Recommended weather conditions: Moderate breeze (3 force). 

Several caves appear on the route, the most important being the Cueva de las Palomas or Cueva del Zambullón.

The dive begins below “Torre del Zambullón”, and runs eastwards along the cliff, leaving the wall to the left. Several caves appear on the route, the most important being the Cueva de las Palomas or Cueva del Zambullón. Its entrance is about 8 meters deep, presenting a fork a few meters from the entrance. Entering at any cave is forbidden, as it might become an excessive risk to the diver and greatly damage the ecosystem. However, it is possible to observe a large amount of life from the entrance of them.

Also to the right of the Cave of Zambullón the remains of a semi-buried cannon can be found, being one of the remains of the armament and ammunition thrown by the republican troops in their withdrawal towards Almeria during the Spanish civil war. The rest of the dive takes place along the cliff, gaining depth progressively while an area full of large detached rocks presents a large amount of fauna and flora.

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SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

Start from boat under “Torre del Zambullón”, diving in the East-West axis following the cliff wall. Walk the bottom bordering the cliff to the entrance of the cave. To the right of the entrance there are war remains of the Spanish Civil War. Return in the opposite direction once consumed 1/3 of the bottle.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Octopus (Octopus vulgaris), lobster (Palinurus elephas), conger (Conger conger), grouper (Epinephelus marginatus), trigger fish (Ballistes capriscus), gorgonians and nudibranchs.

PERMITS

No permissions are needed to dive.

SECURITY

No more precautions need to be taken than normally adopted. The dive has a medium-low difficulty level.



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