Benidorm Island

NORTH FACE

Immersion from 9 to 25 meters deep that already asks for a little more level, because the rocky structure gives rise to cavities and the occasional tunnel, such as the most famous arch through which we must pass. The plays of light between the rocks are spectacular, a pleasure for the eyes.

Apart from the impressive landscape, it also offers an explosion of life with large schools of fish, barracudas, eagles …

LOS ARCOS

A characteristic of the waters of the island of Benidorm is its usual transparency, an aspect that divers always appreciate and more when it is combined with beautiful funds full of life, as happens 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 substrate with medium-sized pieces that shrink as we move away from the wall and the sand increases, and that enlarge to form huge stones 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 that they harbor of gilthead seabream, shoals of bream and octopus, being frequent the encounter with shoals of spits. When we drift towards SW the bottom of stones changes to give way to another one of cliff, at which point we ascend to about -14m we approach the wall, the large rocks reappearing and, between them, some elongated caves superimposed as a viewpoints, at -9m, that form stupendous backlights. Following the wall that we will leave on our left, we will be able to return to the anchorage progressively eliminating the nitrogen.

LA LLOSA

A fantastic blue chasm at a depth of 33 meters. This location is behind the island of Benidorm (away from the coast and in deep water). A great variety of large fish, octopus and crustaceans can be seen at La Llosa. Occasional strong currents and great feeding must be some of the reasons why sea life seems so much larger here than those found near the shore. Many consider this place as the most beautiful, between Calpe and Benidorm

It is located approximately 300 m to the south of the island. Its highest part is 6 m from the surface. The environmental conditions of luminosity and hydrodynamism, make up a habitat of singular importance. It is frequented by predatory species such as Serviola, Espetón and Denton. It also constitutes an important refuge for more sedentary species such as moray eels, octopuses, different species of bream, etc. The plant component is represented by various species of infralittoral photophilic algae.

At the base of the vertical walls of the island (especially N and E faces) and on the E face of the Llosa there is a bottom made up of numerous rocky blocks, many of them the result of landslides. At first glance, we only discover a large number and diversity of fish, but making a more detailed observation of the bottom will allow us to distinguish a multitude of invertebrate species hidden between the nooks and crannies of the substrate and the algae, the main characterizers of the landscape. An animal community (infralipidicultural community) made up of bryozoans, sea squirts, sponges, polychaetes, etc., lives on the lower face of the loose blocks and rocks.

The dimensions of the Llosa and the many interesting motifs allow several underwater incursions, with up to 3 mooring buoys available for mooring boats. This time we approach the one located further north and that descends to the platform, at about -8m. If we continue heading in an absorbing fall appears that, combined with the great visibility that we usually find, will make us glide to a bottom of -29m. Here begins a string of large rocks that cause a multitude of backlights and host an abundant life of considerable size such as gilthead bream, dentex, orderly shoals of sea bass and bream and, more crouched in innumerable holes, large octopuses and showy moray eels.

The route, following the southern profile of the Llosa that will remain on the right, consists of visiting these colossal rocks, some of which are traversed by a tunnel at its base, such as the Virgin’s cave, for, when the air or The accumulation of nitrogen advises, approaching the wall of the Llosa where we will find huge rips that we can take as a reference to go up while the motifs of interest continue, this time in the form of numerous and colorful nudibranchs, until we reach the starting point again.

PUNTA GARBÍ

If it is our first time diving or we simply want to do a simple and beautiful dive, we will dive in Punta Garbí, next to the slope of the island of Benidorm. Sandy bottoms where we can find, hidden under the sand, rat fish in winters and raores in summer. Crowd of moray eels and congers among the rocks on the island’s slope and, again, 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 -8m. We are almost on top of a rocky platform that descends from -4m at that point to -20m, offering us an attractive vertical drop on 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 that wall leaving it on our right, heading W and exploring the thousand and one nooks and crannies occupied by various fauna, from castanets to thrushes. The wall has numerous longitudinal cracks and in the lower part, balconies with the upholstered ceiling of the showy yellow encrusting anemone where we may find a grouper taking refuge. There will be frequent encounters with nudibranchs, carnations and sponges and already on the sandy bottom that reaches -28m, some stingrays. As we drift towards E towards the pier, a more continuous sandy area appears that forces us to decrease the depth looking for the rocky platform that finally leads us to a showy arch. This may be the time to return, this time above the platform until we reach the starting point where we can safely make the safety stop.

EMBARCADERO

With a depth that ranges from 1 to 20 meters, it allows a very pleasant dive and suitable for all levels. We will be able to see castanets, obladas, sarpas, scorpions, octopuses, nudibranchs, moray eels … and vegetation on the rocky surface.

A very attractive point is the Arch formed by the rocky ground.

The nights are especially beautiful. Hiding the sun appear some predators such as conger eels and small life.