Diving Zone

27 – Diving Zone: Cueva del Melonar

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USEFUL INFORMATION
Location: 36°42’57″N 3°21’43″W

Difficulty: Medium.

Depth: Maximum depth  25 m, and mean depth 15 m.

Access: Access by boat only.

Estimated duration: 60 min.

Recommended weather conditions: Moderate breeze (3 force). 

The melonar cave and its surroundings possibly constitute one of the richest and most colorful areas of this protected area (ZEC).

The dive begins in the most southwest area of ​​the waterfront, anchoring the boat in a sandy area. We submerge until 10 m depth following the cape and continue diving towards the rocky areas where  we will observe well-preserved photophilic communities where the algae constitute the most colorful component, among which the formations of the brown algae Cystoseira tamariscifolia stand out. The deepest areas will be covered with coralinaceae  (Mesophyllum lichenoidesthat will house among them a rich and varied microfauna that we can enjoy by observing carefully.

During the journey one of the main protagonists will be Astroides calycularis with its colorful orange color.

We continue the immersion in the northeast direction keeping the rocky area on our left, during the journey one of the main protagonists will be Astroides calycularis with its colorful orange color. In addition, there are a large number of notable invertrebrates: purple starfish (Ophdiaster ophidianus), the rough pen shell (Pinna rudis), spirographs, sea squirts, cephalopods of an imposing size, numerous nudibranchs, the sea snail (Charonia lampas), the red oyster Spondylus gaederopus or the seaurchin Centrostephanus longispinus, among many others. Likewise, we have interesting gorgonians of the genus Eunicella and rare sponges of the genus Tethya covering the rocks..

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SUMMARY OF THE DIVE

Start from a boat on a rocky bottom, dive towards the wall to the north, then following the profile of the cliff or heading northeast. Return in the opposite direction after consuming 1/3 of the bottle.

ACCESS

Access by boat only.

BIOTA

Communities and Species. Brown algae (Cystoseira tamariscifolia), clacareous algae (Mesophyllum lichenoides), orange coral, purple starfish (Ophidiaster ophidianus), rough pen shell (Pinna rudis), spirographs, ascidians, cephalopods, nudibranch, sea snails (Charoina lampas, Luria lurida), Spondylus gaederopus and sea urchins (Centrostephanus longispinu).

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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