SELECTION OF OUR MOST POPULAR SHORE DIVE SITES

 

NAME  

DEPTHS

FEATURES

 Son Xoriguer Bay

 6-11m

An easy entry from a slipway into 1-2m of water puts you straight on top of smooth rocks and boulders, which form an alluring home to a number of different kinds of Blennys and Gobys.  Explore further and swim over a belt of Neptune grass, this opens up onto a huge sandy bay.  Frequently stingrays and electric rays are found skulking around in the sand. Moving further out to sea the shoals of fish tend to increase in size.  On the return there are plenty of nooks and crannies to investigate.

 

Cala Murta Wreck

 

6-11m

 

A steam powered twin-masted sailing yacht.  Her big engine block, some plates, spars and a considerable amount of other remains lie on the mixed sand, weed and rock bottom, spread over a wide area. Being relatively shallow and accessible as a shore dive she makes a perfect site for a first wreck dive or for navigation or search and recovery training.

 

Lighthouse

 

12-18m

 

This is one of our most requested dives because of its abundance of larger marine life and amazing scenery. The dive starts with a drop-off over a gentle reef, follow a craggy wall until it rounds the corner revealing huge boulders strewn around on the seabed, close to the cliff wall.  Initially hug the bottom to catch sight of the deeper pelages.  But on the return, rise up slightly to weave in and out of the boulders and cave at the end.

 

Cala Blanca Bay

 

6-11m

 

A sheltered cove with a sandy bottom, shouldered by craggy walls and overhangs forming wonderful swim-thrus; reefs and Neptune grass play home to clams and starfish.  This area is rich with a constantly changing variety of aquatic life. We not only used this site for our confined and open-water training, but also for our sport dives, day and night.

 

Grand Canyons

 

5-21m

 

The general topography on this dive is hard to beat.  Swim through an underwater labyrinth of channels which snake through the reef just 20m from the shoreline; all open & well lit from above.  No two routes are the same.  At the turn point is an incredible sink-hole to drop into.  Sometimes there is an time to sneak into the letter-box of the Grand Cavern, right at the back of the main chamber.  A fantastic photo opportunity. 

 

Grand Cavern

 

5-21m

 

The starting point is the same as for Grand Canyons and elements of the above fascinating dive are repeated, however most of the dive is spent looking around and exploring this splendid cavern.  Enter directly into the vast mouth; amble slowly through to the back.  On the right is the letter-box.  Firstly, turn to the left and delve a little deeper into its two passageways, never venturing beyond the light zone.  Fresh and salt-water layers are seen (halocline) before they mix causing hazy vision.  In the roof are seams of limestone and remnants of stalactites.  Exit is through the letter-box.

 

Slipway i, ii & iii

 

8-25m

 

A gentle slipway eases into 8m, heading out of a narrow bay.  At the end, free-fall over the edge of a magnificent drop-off down to 18m.  From here you begin any of the three fascinating dives.  To the right immediately see the towering submerged massif (Submarine Rock) creating an enormous canyon with the coastline.  The steep walls are decorated with different sponges and corals.  Look carefully to see brightly coloured nudibranchs clinging to the side.  Continue on along the wall to be rewarded with a rare look inside an elongated cavern (Church Door).  Or turn in the opposite direction and enormous boulders appear out of the blue, tumbled on top of each other.   These create perfect shady places for grouper, brown meagre, and other shy residents to linger.

 

Tunnel Vision i & ii

 

12-25m

 

Enter into a massive crack through a rocky headland at 3m.  This impressive tunnel splits into two at the centre and joins up again as it leads out of the large cave opening at 12m.  Shrimps and prawns can be seen scampering around inside, along with the swift moving brittle stars.  Frequently a conger eel is resident.  Again there is so much to see, this divesite is worth visiting at least twice.  Straight ahead, out in the open, are two wonderful drop-offs down to 25m.  Sandy patches are decorated with discarded shells, while octopus do their best to hide behind pebble walls.  Either return by the second passageway or follow the coastal wall back to the entry point.

 

Cala Morell Bay

 

3-18m

 

The mooring and engine blocks scattered over this sandy-bottomed seabed are home to cuttlefish and octopus.   Head out of the bay by following the steep wall on the left.  Tucked away is a small cavern whose floor is littered with sand dollars. Further along swim under a towering overhang, which is encrusted with coloured sponges and coral. 

 

SELECTION OF OUR MOST POPULAR BOAT DIVE SITES

NAME  

DEPTHS

FEATURES

 

Malakoff Wreck

 

31-40m

 

Ocean going French-owned Cargo Steamer (1929).  Sitting upright on a sandy bottom she forms a fully colonised artificial reef, some 105m long.  This wreck is home to huge morays and scorpionfish as well as attracting many deep-water pelagics, such as barracuda, dentex, gilthead bream, triggerfish and John Dory.  The fish life on her is outstanding, and this is undoubtedly the most prolific dive site in Menorca.

 

Pont d’En Gil Cavern

 

10-18m

 

World-Class Cavern Dive (220m long).  Suitable for almost all divers, as there are few places where daylight cannot be seen or there isn’t a breathable supply of fresh air, giving people a chance to experience something very special and surreal.  Filled with a stunning display of stalagmites, stalactites, and cascades, this cavern is a geological masterpiece.  Universally agreed to be a dive in a million!

 

Cap Negra Sud

 

6-15m

 

One for the rock-wrigglers.  A multitude of swim-thrus and small but impressive caves make up this wall dive.  Don’t let the shallow depth put you off!

 

Cova des Moro

 

10-18m

 

Swim along underneath the shade of a smooth overhanging reef wall, then on thru a naturally formed tube.  Finally turn the corner to discover a huge cavern where a chimney in the ceiling allows a shaft of light to shine down onto the floor.  A dazzling affect.  Past this the cavern reaches back another 50m, surfacing in a small chamber decorated with wonderful limestone formations.

 

West Coast

 

16-18m

 

Reef and wall dive with swim-thru’s and deep, impressive overhangs.  Plenty to explore, time and time again.

 

Francesquita Wreck

 

41-50m

 

Spanish Coastal Steamer.(1952). A superb deep wreck dive, today she stands upright on her keel on a flat, silt-free bottom and is still in near perfect condition. Her stern rears dramatically up some 8.5m from the seabed. She is well-known for the quantity of marine life and, due to her considerable depth, this wreck attracts some exceptionally large fish, both pelagic (open sea) and benthic (bottom dwelling) species.

 

Francina Wreck

 

6-16m

 

Large Dutch Merchantman  (1974).  Remains start in only 6 metres of water in a remote rocky cove under dramatic soaring cliffs.  Her massive engine blocks, anchors, chains and plates are scattered over the rock bottom right across the cove and at least down to some 20m.  Although she is well broken up this is a superb wreck for photography, and can be enjoyed by divers of all levels of experience.

 

Barge Wreck

 

38-40m

 

Barge Work Platform (1998). Several compartments can be safely penetrated.  Control gauges still in place & in good condition.  Excellent training ground with visibility up to 30m some days.

 

SELECTION OF OUR ‘FURTHER A FIELD’ DIVE SITES

NAME  

DEPTHS

FEATURES

 

Swiss Cheese

 

23m

 

This hollow reef on Menorca’s North coast is riddled with holes.  There is plenty of time to meander in and out of this maze of tunnels, chimneys & letter boxes.  A real play ground for the adventurous. 

 

Moon Pool

 

0-17m

 

The entry chamber is a conventional sandy bottom cavern with a soaring arched ceiling.  Inexperienced divers should not explore beyond this chamber.  At the back to the left, a short transitional passage gives way to a channel about 30m long whose floor is covered with well-worn and rounded boulders.  At the end is a perfectly smooth semi-circular wall with no apparent continuation.  Ascend up the shaft; this leads to a small air bell.  Surface here – the air is fresh and very cool.  Only the beam from torches can be seen now, creating a circular pool of light.

 

Fossil Cave

 

0-15m

 

 

The next cave along is Fossil Cave distinguished from the others by its spilt level entrance creating magnificent silhouettes as you look back.  A paradise for creative photographers.  For the most part explore the majestic chamber until towards the back you rise to appear in the air bell whose ceiling is completely covered with mollusc shell fossils.  An amazing spectacle.  

 

Switchback Cave

 

12m

 

The cavern opening is a fairly narrow tall crack.  Enter and swim round the large standing stone, which almost blocks it.  Up to the right you will see faint daylight, follow this tunnel at about 12m depth through to a second slightly wider cave with a sandy bottom, and then exit back out on to the wall.  Explore under the large standing rocks outside, where grouper and scorpion fish thrive.