Dive sites Cartagena.

We now have a dive boat located in cartagena which is approximately 15 minutes drive south west from our dive center. Here the dive sites are  generally more protected than in the Islas Hormigas marine park which means less waves and current that some divers will find more comfortable and relaxed to dive in. If you are a relatively new diver or not very confident we recommend diving here before choosing the cabo de palos marine park dives. 

Las Palomas Reef.

Large reef system extending  off  the Palomas Island which is very close by. This site has a large plateau at the shallowest point  and slowly gets deeper and narrower as you swim south west along the steep walls with lots of cracks and crevasses in the walls which are home to many moray eels and in the open water there’s  a huge abundance of marine life.

At the very end of the dive site there is another deeper plateau and full of purse codium which look like big green doughnuts  approximately 20m deep .Swim toward the edge, there is a sheer drop to a sandy 40m seabed where you will see a huge shoal of brown meagre fish  maybe even an eagle ray or two. Swimming north east along the reef edge take a close look at the reef to find lots of various  nudibranches  and slowly head on top of the shallower plateau to make your safety stop and then surface.

Common marine life: Barracuda, bait balls, moray eels, nudibranch. Possibly eagle rays or even a turtle.

Visibility: 10-30mgrouper at needles

Min depth: 6m

Max depth: 40m

Experience level: Open water

Conditions: Mainly calm with small waves. Can be a slight current.

 

El Espeque

Large underwater rock reef just outside Cartagena port to the south east, this site had a large beacon extending out of the water to prevent large ships coming into port from hitting the shallow reef but was blown up and sank when an extension to the port was made.

The beacon now lies on the northern side of the reef in 25m of water and has attracted lots of marine life and now encrusted. This site has some steep edges and drop offs and a huge variety of marine life can be found here. On top of the reef you can find the base of the beacon and a thick chain link going down into the depths of this site.

Common marine life: moray eels, hermit crabs, sea bream, bait balls, occasional sunfish.

Visibility: 10 m to 25m

Min depth: 8m

Max depth: 40m

Experience level: Open water

Conditions: Mostly flat and calm unless a strong southerly wind is present, minimal current.

 

La Cueva de la virgin.

This small cave system is great for people with no cave diving certification but wish to make a memorable dive. Swimming towards the entrance you will find 2 archways, the first arch extends back approx. 25 m but the second entrance is bigger and more open, and is where the small stone statue of the Virgin Mary protects the entrance. 

Turning on your flashlight you then proceed inside of the cave where it is approximately 15m wide and extending to 30m wide the further you swim in. Looking back you will see the bright blue entrance and makes a great contrast with divers and their flashlights to take some photos. Looking up the ceiling of the cave is approx. 5m deep and the bottom at 15m but gets progressively shallower  the more you swim inside and loosing most natural light but in the distance you will see a light tunnel extending down which shows the caves main chamber inside. As you are getting into the shallow water you will see a thermocline and notice the water drop a couple of degrees and a large sloping rock from extending down from the surface which has 4 stalagmites which also makes for a great photo before surfacing into the chamber. Inflate BCD and have a good look around, here there is a crack into the cave which sunlight will penetrate so you can turn off your flashlight to make some more great photos.

On the western side of the cave there is another small chamber but only recommended for more confident and advanced divers. Once you descend to the west you will see a small dark hole approx. 1.5m x 1.5m wide, inside here you can find some small stalagmites and stalactites and a huge crystal formation which is the highlight of this smaller chamber. Here we have also found fossilized sharks teeth!

Once back out into the main chamber bear to the right and you will see the light coming from the entrance and follow it until you are outside into the reef. Here there are some large boulders piled up and you should find some big mullet patrolling the entrance. Swim to the right along the reef wall , look for a crack in the wall and here you can find a conger eel and sometimes sea horses.Keep swimming right and you will eventually return to the boat.

Common marine life: Octopus, shrimp, mullet, maybe a conger eel and some beautiful seahorses have been spotted here!

exiting the caveVisibility: 8 to 25m

Min depth: 5m

Max depth : 15m

Experience level: Open water, but must not be claustrophobic in any way.

Conditions: Mostly flat calm, no currents but not dive able when the entrance is rough in a southerly wind.

 

 Wreck of the CBA Tug and Harrier Jet plane.

This Tug boat was sank in the 1950’s by the navy for training of their divers. It is 20m in long and 4m wide and has some areas for light penetration into the wreck. Swim along the port side to the bow of the ship and swim 20m off to the left you will come to the harrier jet fuselage also sank by the navy approximately 15 years ago on a sandy seabed. This is the deepest point of the dive and is very interesting to look in the jets engine and large intakes that confirm the harrier jet characteristics. At the cockpit you can sit inside which makes a great photo from in front of the jet.  

 divers in harrier jet

Swim back along the jet to the tail and usually you can see the bow of the wreck, continue along the starboard side of the wreck where you can penetrate the holds and also the bridge. And finish the dive by swimming on top of the bridge and up the mooring to make a safety stop before surfacing.

Common marine life: Large scorpion fish, moray eels, nudibranch and sea bream.

Visibility: 8- 20m

Min depth: 15m

Max depth: 22m

Experience level: Open water

Conditions:  Mainly calm with small waves.

 

 Escombreras

The island of Escombreras has two different sides to dive, east and west, one being shallower with a rocky bottom and some big boulders off the sloping island and is interesting to look around and under the boulders for nudibranch, octopus, some big scorpion fish , crabs, the occasional sea horse as well as moray eels , groupers, even sunfish in spring.

Common marine life: Large scorpion fish, moray eels, nudibranch and sea bream.

Visibility: 8- 20m

Min depth: 5m

Max depth: 25m

Experience level: Open water

Conditions:  Mainly calm with small waves.

 off to the south of the island at 40m deep there is an area where you can find the ancient amphora’s from the roman times which is highly protected so tempting as it is to take one back to the boat, it’s a look and take only photos and leave only bubbles site to protect this ancient area of Cartagena artefacts.

 

At Adventure divers we are always looking for new and exciting areas to dive, hopefully we will soon find the treasure to make us rich! or at least another new dive site!