Nature Reserve – Reserva Marina
Once you leave our bay in Font De Sa Cala to the left, you will enter the nature reserve “Reserva de Levante”. This area of approximately 5900 ha offers a lot of marine diversity in their different living environments.
Cala Gat is one of our diving spots for bad weather conditions, because it is sheltered. Once we can not take the boat, we use the car to get to this pituresque bay and then go in from the shore. You can see a lot here, sometimes even a cat shark.
Close to the port of Cala Ratjada you will see a huge rock rising from the sea, which is called “Cheese”, because it has a lot of holes just like Swiss Cheese. Without a doubt this is one of the top spots in the Mediterranean Sea. Because of slight currents you will often find hunting Barracudas or Sardine shoals. Octopuses, morays and nudibranches are regular visitors as well and all of this within a depth of 12 to 27 m. This location is a must for every diver!
The Northplateau is connected to the Cheese and you can reach a depth of 28 m there. It is just as rich in fish as the Cheese itself but does not have the typical holes and passage ways. You will often see Octopuses, Barracudas and morays, so better have your camera ready.
Right below the lighthouse Faro lies the corresponding dive spot. It reaches down to 28 m and offers a lot of hideouts for morays, which therefore you will find a lot here. We moor the boat on a buoy and usually dive right shoulder along the coastline.
Punta de L’Olla
This spot offers depths of 5 to 25 m. Occasionally you will find rays here, more often shoals of damsel fish and bream.
L’Olla means “pot” and this is a very accurate name for this diving spot. It is a bay which you can only reach by boat. Because of its sheltered location it is a great spot for divers and snorkelers. Inside the “pot” you have a maximum depth of 8 m, outside 32 m. Therefore it is one of our favourite spots for deep dives.
Ca L’Olla is a rather shallow dive spot with a maximum of 15 m, but it still has a lot to offer. Besides the omnipresent ocotpuses and morays we have also spotted a Mediterranean slipper lobster.
You can reach the “Little Cheese” not only by boat but also from land, which makes it one of our “bad weather” spots. But do not think this will make it a boring dive site. Just like its bigger namesake it offers passages and holes that want to be explored by you. A maximum of 16 m makes it suitable for beginners.
Sa Mula, the spanish word for “mule”, appears like an underwater mountain which is placed right in the middle of Cala Agulla. It is one of our spots which is not directly by the coast but more offshore.
You can dive around the mountain or visit the cavern which is located more deep down. The highlight of this dive spot is a statue on 30 m. Maximum depth of this site is 25 m.
Punta Na Foguera
There are 3 bigger boulders in Punta Na Foguera which you can circle. Also a canyon and a smaller cavern are part of this dive site, where in September you can often find sardine shoals. Maximum depth are 26 m.
This 16 m deep dive site is well sheltered when there is waves coming from northern direction. You will find a small horseshoe-shaped passageway and plenty of fish, as everywhere in the nature reserve.
The “Cathedral” is one of the dive sites our guests mostly ask for, besides the “Cheese”. It is a cave system with a huge entrance and cavern, which makes it possible to go diving in it even without the special cave diving certification, but certainly not without competent guidance and good buoyancy skills. The entrance reaches down to about 15 m and allows you a marvellous view into the deep blue when you are looking out from the inside of the cavern. Two passageways branch off here, which -for the most part – you can explore diving next to each other. Through one of these passages you will reach an underground chamber where – after crossing a few thermoclines – you will be able to emerge. Other passageways offer the possibility to take a circuit.
Outside, on the way back, you will be able to explore another cavern (“Lion’s Head”) and a scarp slope.
Cueva del Raya
“Cueva del Raya” (Ray Cave) lives up to it’s name. Outside of a large cave you will find a lot of rays, sometimes even a thornback.
Into the front part of this cave you can dive in even without a special certificate. For those of you who want to go in deeper: You have to have cave certification and the necessary experience.
Cap Freu is the dive site that is the most furthest away from the center. If you are lucky, you will see everything a diver could wish for: Barracudas, Moray Eels, Octopus, Flying gurnard, Dorid Nudibranchs and Triggerfish. It is on of our deepest spots, you can dive down to 40 m. On 32 m you will find a swing; the spot also offers a tunnel and a cavern in which you can surface. This great variety is the reason why Cap Freu is one of the top spots of our guests.
Turning right is also great.
On some of our tours we will take you to spots outside of the Nature Reserve, which means we will take a right at the end of our bay. Diabolo and The Witch are awaiting you!
The Big Bay is located right in front of our center and therefor ideal for Discover Scuba Diving, Refresher or Check Dives. You can start exploring the underwater world right from the shore and enjoy the most beautiful sides of the sea.
The bay is also great for night dives, where you are likely to see hunting Squids, Rays and Dragonheads.
The Small Bay is also just a stone’s throw away from our center. Whether walking or going by boat: It is easy to get to this dive site.
It is shaped by small canyons and rocks and has a maximum depth of 16 m. In the past couple of years we have seen a lot of rays here and occasionally Nudibranches.
The name gives it away: This dive site has canyons of different sizes through which you can dive. Some of them are connected by small bridges and arches. On a larger sandy area one can find Rays or Wide-eyed Flounders. Also Needlefish like to hang out here. It is one of the dive sites that you can reach from land or by boat.
Canyon is one of our closest dive sites. It has a lot of gaps, holes and small caverns and is well known for its “chimney”, which you can dive through from bottom or top, just as you like. From here it is only a few meters to the actual canyon. “One-way” or with the boat ankered: In a depth between 6 m and 20 m there is always a lot to see.
We like to pay Diabolo a visit when the waves throw a monkey wrench in our plans. You will find a couple small openings, a cavern in rather shallow water and a plateau, which you can use to emerge and end the dive. It is also a great spot for snorkelers because they can observe Octopus, Dragonheads and a lot of Starfish.
Dance of the Witches
This dive site goes by the nickname “Witch”. It has a lot of caverns and passages which make it interesting and worthwhile to dive at. You can enter the caves in depths between 3 m and 17 m and they are all suitable for recreational divers. Two connected caves are a bit more challenging for divers, because the passage is only a few meters wide. Main attraction is the actual “Dance of the Witches”, a cave with different exits. Its shape resembles a huge hand.
Plaza de Torres
Plaza de Torres is the ideal dive site for cave lovers and those, who want to become it. There are different caves between 2 m and 14 m and in some of them surfacing is possible.
The “Big Table” is a very varied dive spot, ranging from 4 m down to 21 m. There are cliffs, a big wall and even a cave where you can emerge. You will find the usual suspects, large schools of damselfish are often around.
“Cap Vermell” is located in Canyamel and is – with a maximum of 13 m – a rather shallow dive site, but especially in this area it is very beautiful. Swarms of monk fish and breams can be found here. A stone arch invites you to dive through.