About Scuba Diving Spain
Scuba diving Spain offers a great diving and is suited for all levels of scuba divers, whether you are just starting out and learning how to dive properly or you have years of experience behind you and you are looking for your next big adventure. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Cantabrian Sea.
The Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Columbretes Islands are both known for their great visibility. The south of Spain is known for its warmer waters. In the zone where the Atlantic Ocean transitions into the Mediterranean Sea, there are marine mammals, including whales.
In the northern areas, the tides are rougher and the waters are colder, but the sea life is still abundant, so scuba diving these waters are certainly for more experienced divers.
When is the best time to go scuba diving Spain?
Visibility depends upon the dive site, as do currents, which can range from calm and easy for beginners to more intense and ideal for experienced divers. Scuba Diving Spain can be done year round and some dive centers offer excursions all year round but the typical scuba diving season in Spain runs from March through November.
Water temperatures here vary as well, thanks to the diversity of the dive sites, but in the Balearic area, they can range from 10-26 degrees Celsius, or 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit. During the summer months in the Balearic zone, water temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius, or 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Must visit dive location when scuba diving Spain:
- Sunset Beach – This is a perfect site for beginners, where you can see the occasional ray, in addition to the usual variety of colorful fish, like the cuttlefish and sardines.
- Gibraltar – This location in the south of Spain is known for its numerous wrecks which house a diverse population of fish including groupers, congers, and octopus.
- La Herradurra – Located in Granada is one of the most perfect scuba dive locations in Spain, ideal for everyone, this site is in a protected area and features reef dives, wall dives, swim throughs, and caverns where you can see octopus, squid, and schools of large and small fish.
- Tarifa – This is a great site if you want to dive both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in the same day and witness the marine life that each body of water has to offer.
- San Pedro Wreck – This site features the wreck of an old gallion, though little is known of its history.
Marine Life Found in Spain
Spain’s dive sites are rich in marine life, and each dive site has something different to offer, but they are all filled with a lot of colorful corals of various types, in addition to invertebrates, as well as a diverse population of fish, including cod fish, groupers, barracudas, moon fish, and others.
Whether you dive in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, or the Cantabrian Sea, or visit one of the nearby islands, you may also get the chance to see different species of eels, turtles, dolphins, whales, rays, octopus, and angel sharks.
Spain is a European country filled with history, natural beauty, culture, and friendly people. While visiting this incredible nation, you can enjoy the unique music, cuisine, historical sites filled with architecture that will inspire you, and modern cities, which feature shopping and museums, scattered throughout the country.
Nearly surrounded by water, Spain is also a perfect location to take in the beautiful beaches, ocean breezes, and get out onto the water for adventure, whether swimming, snorkeling, boating, or diving.
How to Get to Spain?
Flights to Spain are very easy to get, and many are quite affordable. Spain’s airports accept airlines from around the globe, including Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Flights to the country from outside of Europe, however, only arrive in the airports in Madrid and Barcelona. From Portugal or France, you can get to Spain easily by train. Direct trains from Italy and Switzerland get to Spain as well by first travelling through France.
Or you can simply drive your car over the borders into Spain from neighboring countries. Busses are also available to get you into Spain from other European nations. If you would like to get to Spain by sea, ferries travel from the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Algeria, and Morocco.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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