Scuba Diving around Ibiza - The West
Illa Gorgonia - The Island of the Gorgonias
Between Sa Conillera and S'Espartar there is a little uninhabited island archipelago which used to be haunted by whales. The natives hunted them, until there were none left, and they have never reappeared.
Today, the archipelago is a refuge for rare sea birds and a unique species of lizard. But the area is exceptional under water as well. From a depth of 33 metres onwards divers find themselves in a forest of red Gorgonias, a species of coral that is extremely rare in the Baleares. They require constant water currents - which they get here.
A diving trip for experienced divers will reach to a depth of 40 metres. The bottom is at 58 metres. But this should not constitute a problem, for even if one gets into the decompression range, the ascent automatically allows for the necessary stop periods. At 35 metres down the rock face opens into a large perpendicular cleft which provides a habitat for all manner of marine creatures, like corals, sponges, cod, octopus, lobsters, eels and moray eels. The ascent is correspondingly slow.
At a depth of 10 metres below the surface the cleft ends. The route takes you along the rock face sideways to a cave which is full of corals and well worth a small detour. From there we return to the boat.
The isle of the Gorgonias
Characterisation: Deep Diving Turn
Minimum requirements: AOWD for experienced divers,
for less experienced divers and beginners there are
worthwhile tours in the range of 18 metres max.
Depth: 9 - 40 metres, bottom 58 metres, for OWD: max. 18 metres
|Big Blue Ibiza, Cala Vadella,
just down by the beach, (Local Can Jaume).
Tel. 650 76 92 96
Open May 1st to October 31st
|Orcasub Ibiza, Club Hotel
Cala Tarida, just down by the beach.
Telephone/Fax: 971 80 63 07,
Mobile 657 557 143.
|Rumbo Azul, Tort d'es Torrent. Telephone/Fax 971 39 44 86, Mobile 655 576 807 or 655 576 808.
Open all year round.
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