Murcia Region Diving
What makes the region Murcia, on the south east coast of Spain, such an attractive diving destination is that it has three types of diving to be done; flourishing reefs, caves and caverns and different types of wrecks. These elements allow divers of all interests and levels to be able to have a thrilling experience.
Diving in the Murcia Region
Murcia is a region on the south east coast of Spain with Murcia City as its capital city. This region is the gateway to some of the best diving in Spain. This coast is known as the sunny coast with approximately 300 days of sun every year and that in combination with calm waters and good visibility, it has great diving conditions. Off the coast of Murcia is the Isla Hormiga Marine Reserve which has been marine protected area since 1995 allowing the marine life here to really flourish, to the enjoyment of many divers. Aside from a high abundance of schools of reef fish and marine critters who live among the many cracks and crevices in the thrilling rock formations that make up the topography here. The dive centres and dive resorts here know exactly where to take divers to see the best of the best. Some highlight species which can be spotted here are Eagle Rays, Sea Turtles and Barracuda with on the luckiest days Manta Rays at La Manga and Mola Mola a.k.a. Sun Fish at multiple destinations. Air temperatures do range a significant amount; between 10 degree Celsius in January to 26 degrees Celsius in August. The water temperatures range between 15 in winter and 26 degrees Celsius in summer. Visibility is above average throughout the year, between 10 and 25 metres and more on the best days. The many marine species, the collection of different types of wrecks and rocky topography are all to be explored either through shore dives or boat dives for an unforgettable diving experience.
Best places to dive
La Manga is a seaside spit and this region provides thrilling dives for novice divers all the way up to technical divers. There are a handful of World War I shipwrecks lying on the seabed here, but for the most part, are deeper than the recreational diving limits. Other highlights here include a large cave lying at just 6 metres that all divers can explore and the chance to spot the graceful Manta Rays.
Cartagena is a larger port city of this region and a gateway to some unique diving opportunities. The highlights in this area include an assortment of different wrecks including shipwrecks, a jet plane wreck and a beacon wreck, they are a representation of where humanity meets nature. The other main event here is a small cave system La Cueva de la Virgen which allows all divers to have a true cave experience.
Cabo de Palos is one of the main gateways to the Islas Hormigas Marine Reserve and so to some of the best coral reefs in the region, providing divers with a lively and colourful diving experience, filled with a multitude of different marine species, it is an ideal location for novice divers or for dive courses. On the flip side, there are also some impressive shipwrecks here which lie in deeper depths for the avid technical divers.