isla de benidorm
In this area we can find dive sites for all tastes and levels. There are easy dives for beginners in this wonderful world, such as the points of Embarcadero and Punta Garbí, the more experienced, will enjoy in points such as the Llosa, which reaches 33 meters deep; you can also find places for all levels, such as the points of North Face and Los Arcos.
Dive from 9 to 25 meters deep that already asks for a little more level, because the rocky structure gives rise to hollows and some other tunnels, as the most famous arch through which we must pass. The play of light between the rocks is spectacular, a pleasure for the eyes.
Apart from the stunning scenery, it also offers an explosion of life with large schools of fish, barracudas, sea eagles…
A characteristic of the waters of the island of Benidorm is its usual transparency, an aspect that divers always appreciate and even more when it is combined with beautiful bottoms full of life, as in this dive. On the NE side of the island we anchor at a buoy at about -6m and from there we descend comfortably to a maximum of -22m. We find a rocky substratum with medium sized pieces that get smaller as we move away from the wall and the sandy area gets bigger and bigger to form huge boulders as we approach the island. The suggested route consists of advancing from the buoy, parallel to the island and recognizing the cyclopean rocks and the life they harbor of sea bream, schools of bream and octopus, with frequent encounters with schools of sea bream. When we drift towards SW the rocky bottom changes to give way to another cliff, when we climb to about -14m we approach the wall, emerging again the large rocks and, among them, some elongated caves superimposed as viewpoints, at -9m, which form great backlights. Following the wall that we leave to our left we can return to the anchorage, gradually eliminating the nitrogen.
If it is our first time diving or we just want to do a simple and at the same time beautiful dive, we will dive in Punta Garbí, next to the slope of the island of Benidorm. Sand bottoms where we can find, hidden under the sand, rat fish in winter and raores in summer. Multitude of moray eels and conger eels among the rocks of the slope of the island and, again, the sea eagles flying over the blue or semi-buried resting on the bottom.
In this case we look for the south face and head towards Punta Garbí. There we can moor the boat on a buoy that takes us to a depth of -8mts. We are almost on top of a rocky platform that from -4m descends at this point to -20m, offering us an attractive vertical drop over a rock wall full of holes and crevices where some moray eels and numerous octopuses soon make their appearance. The dive will consist of following this wall leaving it to our right, heading W and exploring the thousand and one nooks and crannies occupied by a variety of fauna, from castanets to thrushes. The wall has numerous longitudinal cracks and in the lower part, balconies with the roof covered with the colorful yellow encrusting anemone where we may find a grouper sheltering. There will be frequent encounters with nudibranchs, carnations and sponges and in the sandy bottom that reaches -28m, some stingrays. As we drift towards E towards the jetty, there is a more continuous sandy area that forces us to decrease the depth looking for the rocky platform that finally leads us to a colorful arch. This may be the moment to return, this time over the platform until we reach the starting point where we can calmly make the safety stop.
With a depth ranging from 1 to 20 meters, it allows a very pleasant dive suitable for all levels. We will be able to see castanets, obladas, sarpas, scorpion fish, octopus, nudibranchs, moray eels… and vegetation on the rocky surface. A very attractive point is the arch formed by the rocky floor. The night dives are especially beautiful. When the sun hides, some predators such as conger eels and small life appear.