Fornells is the gateway to the impressive caves, arches and tunnels found at the North Menorcan Marine Reserve. Descend down to explore labyrinthine rock formations surrounded by large schools of barracuda and groupers while an array of macro creatures can be spotted among the rocks.
Diving in Fornells
Fornells is an idyllic fishing village on the northern coast of Menorca. Situated in the Mediterranean Sea, Fornells has an unparalleled variety of water sports including impressive scuba diving. Plunging in, divers will witness beautiful rock formations and an abundance of marine life that can be attributed to the establishment of the North Menorcan Marine Reserve - dived straight from Fornells.
Fornells diving operates from several dive centres located in the village. There are sites for every level of diver from those completing their first-ever dive to becoming a dive professional with the Divemaster course.
Best time to dive
As part of the Balearic Islands, belonging to Spain, Fornells water temperature ranges from 14℃ in winter to 26℃ at the peak of summer. High season for visiting Menorca is during July through to September when the water temperature is at its most comfortable. However, scuba diving in Fornells is possible year-round if you don’t mind the colder water!
Types of diving
The shallow waters and pristine beaches of the bay at Fornells are ideal for beginner dive courses while it’s possible for experienced divers to descend as deep as 40-metres to explore the rock formations of Solla. The most common dives in Fornells are cave dives. At Llosa Dels Ocellers travel through labyrinthine tunnels, caves, and canals or explore a perforated rocky islet aptly named Swiss Cheese.
What to see
At many of the dive sites of the marine reserve, there is abundant fish life from schooling barracuda to giant groupers. Stingrays can be spotted resting on the sandy seafloor and it is common to find moray eels in the cracks and crevasses of rock formations. Macro-enthusiasts can search for flying gurnards, slipper lobsters and hermit crabs while cuttlefish and octopus are often encountered. Rock cod and well-camouflaged scorpionfish can be witnessed in caves.
Best places to dive
At Llosa Patró Pere descend to a maximum of 24-metre surrounded by an abundance of groupers and barracuda. The highlight here is a beautiful archway where the barracuda usually school. Visible from the surface, the Cave of the English can be reached by descending 14-metres to its entrance. Search for prawns, crayfish and crabs in the blue light shining through the exits and entrances.
Porros Island marks the northernmost point of the marine reserve. Here, divers can explore a vertical wall and an underwater canyon decorated with white gorgonians. Impressive vertical wall diving can also be had at Baptist Point. Descending 35-metres at the wall, divers can observe red coral, a rare species within the marine reserve, before arriving at a large cave where several species of crustacean can be encountered inside.