The best of four great dives at Esparta, it sounds daunting but in fact it is just an exhilerating drop off from 5m down to 23m before carrying on in shelves beyond 40m. Gentle currents well up from deeper water bringing nutrients and lots of unusual fish to feed. Favourite haunt for Baracuda but we've also seen Trigger fish and Sunfish here. A more advanced dive.
2.."The Forest of Gorgonias" Bledas Plana Island - Nature Reserve
A spectacular journey 'through' the forest of soft coral fans in an effortless gentle drift. Black in appearance, these delicate corals wave gently in the current, exploding into firey crimson under torchlight. A more advanced dive, between 35-40 m. Rich in marine life.
Our Dive Sites
Few good dive sites look good on the surface too, but Margaritas islands are an exception with their huge low impressive arch and high imposing cliffs. Underwater, it is like Swiss cheese - lots of interlinking holes with openings on the outside, like windows. Its an easy, but slightly deeper dive with the entry at 26m immediately rising up through the chain of caverns, brightly lit by their "windows" and exiting at 15m. If you cross across under the surface arch, checking out the cracks for morays and conger, you can finish your stops and explore a beautiful swim-through at 4m to a garden of sponges, coral and growth that is a riot of colour.
With more than 15 islands both in and around the
Cala d'Hort Marine Nature Reserve, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to dive sites, but to give you an idea of what's on offer, here is a quick run down on just a few out of our 'top twenty.
Click on the numbered dive flags for a site description and photos
7."The Point of No Return" Esparta Island - Nature Reserve
At the extreme western end of 'Esparta' island there is 21m shelf with remnants
of amphora from a wrecked Roman or Phenician galley and directly after that, a breath-taking drop-off that goes down to.... Lots of barracudas, crayfish and morays and amazing viz too!
9."Hannibals Cauldron" gives us a new 'fishy' alternative to the "Haystack" on the backside of Conejera island and protected from north easterlies. Large shoals of many types of smaller fish plus big morays.
1."Es Payaret" - The Haystack
Everyones favorite dive here, this tiny little cone shaped rock about 500 metres north of Torre Rovira is one of the most famous around Ibiza. An easy dive that you can't get lost on, it's a real 'fish fiesta' with myriads of Damsel fish, Sergeant Majors, Moray eels, three different species of grouper but most spectacular, huge shoals of barracuda all watching you suspiciously . No great distances or depths make this a great dive for any level of diver.
11.Isla Redonda Este (East Round Island or 'Logans Rocks') on the Bledas outer islands, is one of our latest additions to our most recent 'discoveries'. Descending from a clear white spit of rock at 6m, you slowly drift down to 15m on the south side, glancing into the hundreds of cracks and fissures that host morays, octopus and many different types of crab. The viz is astounding due to it being about 7nm from the main island. There are two underwater "humps" further past the island to the east which are unexplored.
8. "Espartita" A new gem beside the other great sites on Esparta island. Easily the best, fishiest, liveliest dive site of 2012 with huge shoals of baracuda and the best place to see lots of morays and conger eels. Good for Open Water and Advanced.
4 The Wreck of the 'NEPTUNE'
Quite often we follow Margaritas cave dive with a shallow second dive on the wreck of the NEPTUNE, which previously called the "Nosay K", a jigsaw puzzle dive piecing together the remains of a Greek tanker that sank on 16 Jan 1980, just past "Ses Torretes'. 142 m long, on its way to be scrapped, it broke its tow lines and was blown onto the rocks and sank. A great shallow second dive.
5."Snakes and Ladders",
Just around the corner from Torre Rovira, is a spectacular trip through a maze-like labrynth of canyons and gulleys full of colourful sponges and corals. Morays and small grouper quickly hide as you slowly progress through the maze of cracks and crevices. At the end it is common to see octopus and sometimes cuttlefish. A shallow-ish dive, it is, however, very easy to get lost without a guide.
3 "The Organ Pipes" Conejera Island - Nature Reserve To be honest, The Organ Pipes could be called "Swiss Cheese" or a number of many other things your imagination sees, but it gives this fantastic dive its name despite being just one of many great features. A daunting overhang where you see the fish swimming upside down, the 'Stairway to Heaven' gulley with its beautiful silhouette, not to mention our resident Sea Horse, 'Harry' (if you're lucky!) An easy dive for Open Waters or Advanced.
13. "The Caves of Light" and "The Pillars of Hercules" Two famous Cave Dives, almost side by side up the north west coast, offer a thrilling chance to experience big cavern diving. At the right time of day, the sun beams down through a hole in the rock above giving a dazzling light show, hence the name the 'Caves of Light'. max depth 16m. Advanced divers and above.
DIVE CENTRE Located in a quiet little bay 5km from San Antonio beside a beautiful sandy beach, we are perfectly situated for access to the Cala d'Hort Marine Nature Reserve to the west and all the excellent varied diving to the north.
When it comes to diving, we focus on safety first, offering good service and quality diving - not just words, that really is our philosophy, and we are still here 23 years and a recession later . Could it be our sensible pricing or our friendly helpful staff ? One thing is for sure, we must be doing something right.