Punta de la Isleta (La Isleta Point)
Minimum depth: 5 metres.
– Maximum depth: 15 metres.
The immersion can begin from the beach or boat; we anchor at 5m, and follow the outline of the mountain, passing by the cliffs, until reaching the point, depending on our air usage we can go right the way round and come back through a narrow passageway. There is a nursery area with large schools of juvenile fish in search of protection in the rock formations. We can find three typical mediterranean habitats here: rock, Posidonia Oceanica meadows and sandy areas.
Piedra de los Meros (Groupers´ Stone)
- Minimum depth: 25 metres.
– Maximum depth: 32 metres.
Located in open waters, a half mile out from the La Isleta promontory, at an underwater mountain where you can see great examples of serranids, like groupers and pollack. There are enourmous conger and moray eels between the cracks in the rock. Large schools of barracudas, sea bass, common dentex and other fish. There is also a lot of small sealife such as nudibranchs and planarians. An XVIIIth century anchor can be seen. Maximum bottom time is 20 minutes with air.
Los Burros (The Donkeys)
- Minimum depth: 15 metres.
- Maximum depth: 21 metres.
Also known as the “los Burros immersion”. It is an open water immersion, about 200m from the coastline. We´ll anchor over a sandy sea bed, at about 16 metres, where there are two large slabs of stone about a metre tall, that are separated from each other by a narrow sandy passageway. We will follow the two slabs, observing the abundant fauna that live there. Large grouper fish, golden groupers and sea bass float inmobile near the rock, swimming through the blue we will see large schools of barracuda, different types of bream, mojarras and amberjacks. We may spot grey triggerfish, moonfish and eagle rays. Conger and moray eels, octopus and nudibranchs have taken refuge in the hollows of the rock. There are beautiful anemonies, ceranthius and nudibranchs.
El Túnel Naranja (The Orange Tunnel)
Minimum depth: 3 metres.
- Maximum depth: 12 metres.
A zone of incredible rock formations, formed by thousands of years of erosion. We´ll visit many canyons and at the end of one of them we will go through a large fracture in the cliff face. On the walls of the tunnel we´ll find many polyps of the Atlantic Species Astroides Calcycularis and many bright orange sponges cover the walls, which is what gives this immersion its name. A large school of sea bass live inside the tunnel.
Cueva del Frío (Cold Cave)
- Minimum depth: 6 metres
- Maximum depth: 15 metres.
We´ll anchor over a bed of rock at 5 metres, over the high side of a large rock formation, close to a structure similar to a glacial circus, from where a narrow canyon will take us to the deeper area. An area with various canyons where we´ll visit a small cave inhabited by sea bass and hundreds of cardinalfish, on our way back to the boat we´ll go up through a pretty arch to the higher part of the formation. There are large schools of mojarras and flathead grey mullet.
Cueva del Francés (Frenchman´s Cave)
- Minimum depth: 8 metres.
- Maximum depth: 18 metres.
An extensive area, with several possible routes depending on the sea and wind conditions, that always has an abundance of life: red mullets, groupers, moray eels, octopus, shrimps... The immersion starts at the 8m anchor point and goes through passages and rocky areas, until reaching an underwater mountain. At the end of a large canyon with a sandy bed we´ll find a small cove that is home to several large grouper fish, pollack, sea bass and huge amounts of cardinal fish. In the last part of the outing we we´ll explore several fractures that penetrate the cliff walls. Spectacular light and shadow effects.
Bajo de San Felipe (Saint Phillip´s Lowland)
Minimum depth: 6 metres.
Maximum depth: 15 metres.
Located nearby the San Felipe castle. An underwater mountain emerges from a bed of sand and Posidonia Oceanica, from -15 metres to six metres, where the boat is anchored. Completely covered in Posidonia Oceanica. An enourmous anchor lays rested between the Posidonia Oceanica in a connecting flat. There is a nursery area where we´ll see large schools of juvenile fish, and on ocassion we will be spectators to the predatory activity of some carnivorous fish like barracudas, sea bream and common dentex.
Las Hermanicas (The Little Sisters)
- Minimum depth: 5 metres.
- Maximum depth: 12 metres.
An inlet located just below the Fraile hill (monte del Fraile), protected from the winds of the East, we´ll anchor in the cove over a bed of rock at about 5 metres. During the outing we will go over a large step that is parallel to the cliff face and has many canyons and openings where groupers, eels, scorpion fish and brotolas live. We´ll follow the slope back to the anchor point, by the higher part of the step, -5 metres, discovering its crags and openings. There are large schools of bream, flathead grey mullets and other fish species.
La Restinga de las anclas (Anchor Shoal)
- Minimum depth: 12 metres.
- Maximum depth: 14 metres.
Close to la Isleta, in the middle of the bay. In the large Posidonia Oceanica meadows that cover the sea bed, we´ll come across various fractures that are parallel to the coastline, forming a structure reminiscent of terraced cultivation. There are two steps between 30 and 180cm where we will see moray eels, scorpionfish and groupers amongst the openings. The anchor point is at 14 metres, close to an old anchor that lays on a stone covered in benthic organisms.
El Vapor (The Vapour)
- Minimum depth: 28 metres.
- Maximum depth: 42 metres.
Less than a while away from the Cabo de Gata lighthouse in open waters, -42 metres over a pebbly sea bed, lies the “Arna” wreck, a Czechoslovakian merchant ship that sank in 1928 after hitting the Cabo de Gata slab. The stern is intact, except for the deck that was blown up by the Armada, the
enormous propeller is conserved. To go into the cellars, lamps and torches are recommended. It is completely colonised by sea life with great examples of the common dentex, moonfish, groupers, barracudas, eagle rays, etc. Strong currents are frequent here.