Cadiz Diving

Sunk in the Bay of Cadiz, an abundance of historical treasures wait to be discovered by divers. Ceramic work, cannons and ammunition lie ready for observation before heading to Tarifa to drift alongside large pelagics such as the incredible oceanic sunfish.


Diving in Cadiz

Cadiz is the oldest city in western Europe, situated in the Andalusia region of Spain. Cadiz’s beautiful golden-sand beaches host historically important wrecks beneath the water’s surface while nearby, Tarifa is situated where the Mediteranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean converge. Due to the city’s close proximity to Tarifa, divers take the opportunity to dive the Atlantic and the Mediterranean all in the same day - diving The Bay of Cadiz and the Atlantic in the morning and the Mediterranean Sea at the east of Tarifa in the afternoon.

Scuba diving in Cadiz is possible from several dive sites found on the Andalusia coastline with many offering dive courses, from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster.

Best time to dive

Cadiz has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters. The best diving conditions in the region are from March to October while the rainiest period is from November to March. The water temperature ranges from 16 C to 24 C with dive centres in Cadiz operating throughout the whole year. In the Bay of Cadiz, the visibility can be as low as 5-metres due to the turbidity caused by the Gaudalete and San Pedro rivers yet it’s worth it to witness Cadiz’s historic wrecks.

Types of diving

Situated in the Bay of Cadiz, a plethora of wreck sites and archaeological treasures await. The main attraction of the dive sites here is the presence of artefacts such as ceramic work, cannons and ammunition, from the wreckages in the area. Many of the dive centres of Cadiz also descend into the waters surrounding Tarifa. Here, there are several sites perfect for the training dives in dive courses, such as The Cabin, while other sites feature current-swept walls, swim-throughs and tunnel-systems.

What to see

While scuba diving in Cadiz, divers will encounter similar marine life to that in Tarifa yet there are fewer pelagics as the area is not as current-swept. Moray and conga eels can be seen hiding in the debris of wreckages while octopus, starfish, and vibrant nudibranch are also present. Venturing to Tarifa, eagle rays can be sighted drifting in to feed in the shallow waters of training dive sites while at sites with strong currents, large pelagics such as the oceanic sunfish have been spotted. Large groupers and rays are found drifting in strong currents while it is also a great place to head out by boat to search for dolphins and whales.

Best places to dive

La Caleta is one of the most pristine beaches in all of Spain and is a mecca for wreck-enthusiasts. Located in Cadiz, La Caleta has been used as a port in the past which explains the abundance of ceramic fossils, Roman anchors, and 18th-century canons that can be witnessed while diving here. At Tarifa, divers of all levels can immerse themselves in Levante Creek to discover brunettes, octopus, and spider crabs while at The Gap, enter a cave which is magnificently backlit. For the current lovers, Moroccan Point hosts the remains of old ships as well as lobsters, ocean sunfish and large pelagics.