Coves for Scuba Diving all Year Round
Our region has a privileged location east of the Iberian Peninsula and bathed by the warm and calm waters of the Mediterranean. All this makes the water temperature ideal for diving even in winter.
The Region of Valencia, with its more than 600 km of Mediterranean coastline, is an excellent attraction for diving enthusiasts since, in addition to its many dive sites, it offers everything a diver could want: calm and clear waters, mild temperature, and a lot of underwater life.
The location of the Region in front of the Mediterranean is critical so that the water temperature is perfect at any time. The average temperature of the water is around 18 degrees Celsius, being in winter around 14 degrees Celsius and rising over 26 degrees Celsius in summer, a 5mm suit is perfect most of the year, reserving the 7mm for cold winter days.
In the waters of Castellón, Valencia, and Alicante we can find all kinds of dives adapted to the needs and levels of each diver, such as marine reserves, wrecks, caves, or coves with calm waters. The latter, being sheltered from the wind, allow you to enjoy calm dives any time of the year.
In the province of Valencia
Diving on the coasts of the province of Valencia is characterised by its fine sand bottoms and the absence of cliffs or rock formations, except the coves of the Faro de Cullera. Not being a large area, but clear and shallow, it allows less experienced divers to practise this sport in a very comfortable way between rocks and cliffs.
In the province of Castellón
In the province of Castellón, we find Cala de la Foradada in Vinaròs, which offers crystal clear waters in which to discover numerous fauna. It is surrounded by cliffs; hence its name, also in its waters emerges a large rock with a hole.
A little further south, just two kilometres away from the town of Peñíscola we find the Cala del Moro; rocky bottom and usually good visibility. Whether we leave the coast to our right or left, we will see a bottom covered with different types of algae that serve as a refuge for great diversity.
Still in the province of Castellón, in the Sierra de Irta Natural Park, we find Cala Pebret, one of the best known and most significant in the area. At the entrance, there is an area of fine sand, but both on the left and right it has a shallow rocky coastline, ideal for diving.
In the province of Alicante
The coast of the province of Alicante is more rugged and full of coves, rock formations and cliffs with a great variety of immersion points. Among them, we find Cala el Fresquito in Dénia, located at the end of Les Rotes, next to the Marine Reserve of Cabo de San Antonio. Although its access is difficult, carrying the equipment through irregular rocks, once in the water you can enjoy an abundance of life. In this area, when fishing is restricted, you can enjoy a trusting fauna allowing unthinkable approaches in other areas.
Cala Granadella de Jávea, very appreciated by tourists and divers for its beautiful surroundings. It offers a shallow dip in which, taking the cove’s left wall as a reference, you can cross a stone arch and see native fauna such as croaker, octopus, moray eels, crustaceans, and perhaps some conger eels.
In the same town, we also find Cala Barraca or Portitxol, in front of the namesake island, from which you can access various dives in its surroundings such as the Termas, south of the island of Portitxol, María Claudia or Escull, and the Cap Negre. This area is characterised by numerous rock formations such as arches, caves and chimneys, and a great variety of fauna: octopus, moray eels, lobsters, crayfish, small prawns, and sporadically some grouper.
Heading south in the Region of Valencia
Little further south, descending the Puig Llorença massif through the Cumbres del Sol residential complex, we will access Cala del Moraig in Poble Nou de Benitatxell. Once we reach sea level, on the right, we will find a cave (Cova dels Arcs) which is the access point to the dive. In its interior, we will see a pool through which to descend and reach the open sea through a large window.
Sheltered by the Peñón de Ifach, we find the town of Calpe, where, even in winter, you can find shielded places to practise scuba diving. One of them is Cala Gasparet, very close to the tip of Morro de Toix. This cove is only accessible by boat and offers bottoms filled with vegetation, corals and molluscs, as well as mojarras, damselfish, and octopuses.
Following south, north of the town of Benidorm, in the Serra Gelada Natural Park we find Cala del Tío Ximo, a simple dive suitable for all levels. Leaving the wall of the cove to our left, we can take a circular route on a sandy bottom surrounded by walls covered with algae. Among the sand, we can find mabras and pelayas, and among the rocks small fish such as blennies and damselfish, crustaceans, and the occasional octopus.
In El Campello, we find the small Cala del Llop Marí, with a thick sandy bottom and rich in fauna. Besides, there is the Cueva del Llop Marí. Legend has it that the Berbers passed through it to store their treasures inside the Cabeçó d'Or.
These are some coves among the many more offered by the coast of the Region of Valencia. All of them bathed by crystal clear waters, with different formations and abundance of life. If you enjoy diving, you should visit them.