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Jun 172013
 

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The Arch offers a rich, recreational seascape. It is an ideal dive site to brush up on your diving techniques or to simply enjoy a pleasant dive.
The Arch dive follows the length of the rocky formations that follow the coastline. Diving at the Arch is perfect for practicing your diving technique because diving can take place at all levels: from 3 to 15 metres, with a progressive depth gradient. The Arch is also one of the best dive sites in Formentera for initiation dives, as it offers a fascinating dive at shallow depths.

The dive site is termed the Arch after a rock in the form of an underwater bridge. The rock arch lies close to the water’s surface and can be easily swum though at a depth of between 3 to 6 metres. It is an ideal dive site for taking underwater photos as the Arch offers a unique underwater seascape.

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Because of its shape, the Arch also provides protection for a rich and varied marine flora. As the walls of the arch are populated with a number of marine species, we recommend this dive for those who wish to see sea sponges or false corals. “False coral” is a coral-like species that looks similar to red coral, although it is, in fact, orange, and can often be found in shallow waters. It colonises rocky outcrops, the entrances of cavities, or other sites out of direct sunlight.
The rock arch also attracts many fish species, including saddled seabream and sargos. You may also get a close up of barracudas and groupers.

 

 June 17, 2013  All dive sites
Jun 172013
 

Dive depth: 12 to 33m

The marine platform was a floating fish farm for gilt-head seabream. This huge metallic structure even had huts for the workers to rest in.

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A monument to the economic boom, it was abandoned even before the arrival of the crisis and was finally sunk in 1996 in the crystal-clear waters of Formentera just off the island of Espardell, for the enjoyment of diving enthusiasts. The structure’s size is a reflection of the era of economic bubbles but these days it conjures up an underwater seascape from a science fiction novel, and the only bubbles to be seen are those of divers.

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The platform lies at a tilt on a sandy seabed at a maximum depth of 33 metres. It provides a unique refuge for the Mediterranean marine ecosystem, enjoying great biodiversity and a large variety of fish species. As with all artificial habitats, the platform is densely populated. Morays, conger eels, lobsters, crayfish, amberjacks, barracudas, groupers, dentex. It’s also not uncommon to find huge shoals of barracudas marauding around the platform.

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The Platform offers a unique environment for underwater photography. The dive takes place at between 12 and 30 metres, so only divers with an appropriate level 2 diving qualification CMAS or Advanced can take part.

Plataform Mariane

 June 17, 2013  All dive sites
Jun 172013
 

Dive depth: 5 to 25 meters

This dive site forms the extension of Es Banc and El Arco, and is located at a rocky tip northeast of Formentera. The dive consists of a tour of rock formations that lie at depths of between 5 and 20 metres. There is plenty of sea life at shallow depths, so it’s an ideal location for initiation dives, beginners or those who wish to refresh their dive techniques at the start of their holidays.

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Octopuses are often found here, along with species common to the Mediterranean coastline, starfish, giant doris sea slugs, leopard sea slug, tubeworms, hervias and sea anemones. As with most rock formations, there are dense populations of blue damselfish, ornate wrasse, damselfish and red scorpionfish.

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The seascape topology is varied, has many fissures and other nooks for many fish and other species common to Mediterranean coastal waters. The dive at Punta Gavina is known for its vertical sea cliff, which plunges to depths of 20 metres and forms an immense vertical wall. At the foot of the cliff lies a sandy seabed at a depth of 30 metres. From there you can access a cave inhabited by a conger eel and enjoy many other species such as cardinalfish,lobsers,common cuttlefish ,meagres, forkbeards, and also prawns.

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 June 17, 2013  All dive sites
Jun 172013
 

Dive depth: 10 to 25m

This dive site is located within the Es Vedrà Natural Park, which is famous for the Island of Es Vedrà, with one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Balearic Islands.

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At the foot of the Isle of d’Es Vedrá lies an amazing seascape of sheer walled, narrow canyons. You’ll feel like you’re flying while diving among such precipitous rocks!

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The canyons provide refuge of a varied ecosystem of sea sponges, anemones, tube worms, starfish and seaweeds. The canyon walls are colonised by numerous species. We recommend that divers take a dive lamp to enjoy the true colours put on show by this profusion of sea life.

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With three canyons to enjoy, this spectacular dive takes place at a depth of around 20 metros. It is, without doubt, one of the best dive sites in Ibiza.

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The trip between Formentera and Ibiza, with the majestic island of Es Vedrá in full view, is an unforgettable moment through one of the best sites in the Balearic Islands. You may even be lucky enough to see some dolphins!

 June 17, 2013  All dive sites
Jun 172013
 

Dive depth: 8 to 20 m

Es banc is one of the top dives in Formentera, and rightly so. As with El Arco and Punta Gavina, which are nearby, Es Banc is a dive site protected from currents and swell. What’s more, it’s one of the closest dive sites to the dive centre. It’s a pleasant, easy dive, ideal for beginners or your first dive of your holidays.

The shallowest dive takes place on a rocky platform at a depth of 10 metres. From there you can follow the cliff to a depth of around 20 metres.

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On your dive at Es Banc you can enjoy many fish species typical to the Balearic Isles such as forkbeards, golden groupers, amberjacks and meagre. The numerous fissures and crevices in the rocks provide an ideal habitat for octopuses and sea crayfish. You may also spot some of the less commonly seen species, such as the John Dory or the flying gurnard. This recreational seascape has a fissure wide enough for divers to dive through. Large shoals of barracudas are commonly found.

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 June 17, 2013  All dive sites