Diving Zone

22 – Diving Zone: Cueva Hormigonera

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°42’22″N 3°23’48″W

Difficulty: Medium.

Depth: Maximum depth 20 m and mean depth 15 m..

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 70 min.

Recommended weather conditions: Moderate breeze (3 force). 

It is a very simple and easy immersion in which we will always find good visibility. We will anchor next to the wall in a sandy area that does not damage the habitat that we will visit.

Once in the water we will submerge 10 m until we find a sandy and rocky bottom where the rocks size will increase as we get closer to the cliff. We can dive to the northeast where we would approach to the dive zone “Cala Higuera”.

Once in the water we will submerge 10 m until we find a sandy and rocky bottom where the rocks size will increase as we get closer to the cliff. We can dive to the northeast where we would approach to the dive zone “Cala Higuera”, it would take some time reaching such a point and on the way we will following the rocky cliff without pausing and observing at each detail. If we take this direction diving slowly, we will observe species of rocky environments such as mediterranean chromis (Chromis chromis) or sea breams (Diplodus spp.). We will have a great diveristy of fauna that will colour the dive with fantastic purple starfish (Ophdiaster ophidianus), spirographs, sea squirts, cephalopods, numerous nudibranchs, multiple species of prawns on abundant anemones (Anemonia viridis y Aiptasia spp.) and orange coral (Astroides calycularis) covering most of the rocks.

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Due to its oceanographic qualities, it is an area with a large number of fried egg jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata), which attracts large fish to feed on them (eg. Sunfish Mola mola).

SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

Start from ship on rocky bottom, diving on the wall from 5 m in the Southwest direction following the cliff or in the South direction through an underwater canyon and then Southwest. Return in the opposite direction once consumed 1/3 of the bottle.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Mediterranean chromis (Chromis chromis), Diplodus sargus, the purple starfish (Ophidiaster ophidianus), anemone (Anemonia viridis and Aiptasia spp.), orange coral (Astroides carycularis), fried egg jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata), sunfish (Mola mola), spirographs, ascidians, cephalopods 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 difficulty level.



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