Diving Zone

23 – Diving Zone: Cala Higuera

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°42’23″N 3°23’44″W

Difficulty: Low.

Depth: Maximum depth 19 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 small cove near “Punta de la Rijana”. It is more than advisable to dive from a boat if heavy autonomous diving equipment is to be used. It is a very simple and easy immersion in which we will always find good visibility.

Once in the water we can follow several starting routes: one in the South direction, navigating between large stones that form an underwater canyon and then head towards the base of the cliff or follow the cliff from the beginning in the Southwest direction.

Once in the water we can follow several starting routes: one in the South direction, navigating between large stones that form an underwater canyon and then head towards the base of the cliff or follow the cliff from the beginning in the Southwest direction, leaving it to our right. The wall will guide us until we reach a large rock arm perpendicular to the coast that descends to 17 meters deep. The dive alternates rocky and sandy environments so we can find species from both environments.

It is here where you can see the largest batoids in the area, appearing also a multitude of rock fish such as mediterranean chromis  (Chromis chromisor Diplodus sargus (Diplodus spp). In addition, a large number of invertebrates appear: purple starfish (Ophdiaster ophidianus), spirographs, ascidians, cephalopods of an imposing size, numerous nudibranchs, prawns of multiple species on the abundant anemones (Anemonia viridis and Aiptasia spp) and orange coral (Astroides calycularis) covering most of the rocks. It is because of its oceanographic qualities an area where a large number of fried egg jellyfish (Cotylorhiza tuberculata) is usually accumulated that attracts large fish such as the sunfish (Mola mola).

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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 low difficulty level.



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