With a coastline of 5000km which includes the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands there is no shortage of scuba diving opportunities in Spain. In fact Spain has the largest coastline of the EU yet surprisingly it has only relatively recently joined the list of desirable diving destinations.
For most divers it is the clear waters of the Mediterranean that is most attractive for a diving holiday. In prehistoric times the Mediterranean was a valley that flooded when the isthmus that joined Spain to Africa was breached by the Atlantic. The western part of the Mediterranean is very deep and without plankton which means that as well as there being no danger of coming across basking sharks or manta rays there is also very good visibility, excellent characteristics for most divers.
One of the highlights of diving on the Costa Brava are the Medas Islands off L’Estartit which have been protected since 1990. As well as conger and moray eels you’ll come across a huge diversity of marine life and many fish tend to come close to divers as they are protected and have no fear of fishermen. There is plenty to see from as shallow as 10m down beyond 50m including magnificent cave structures. There are some great dive sites on the Costa Blanca, the most notable ones being around Calpe which is a stone’s throw from Benidorm. Further down on the south coast there are great dive sites off the western Costa del Sol from Fuengirola and the other major resorts as well as from Nerja and Almunecar in east.
There is some outstanding diving off the rugged west coast of Mallorca stretching all the way from Pollenca in the north to Andratx in the south. There are regular sightings here of morays, octopus, scorpionfish, bream and anglerfish as well as the shoaling barracuda. The island of Cabrera off Mallorca is a protected marine reserve which can be booked in advance by divers. The southern coast of Menorca offers stunning underwater scenery which attracts many cave divers as well as recreational divers. Marine life is similar to that in Mallorca with common sightings of barracuda, amberjack, dentex and dolphins as well as the occasional swordfish.
In this section we provide information on scuba diving holidays in Spain and where appropriate we suggest small businesses which specialise in particular regions. We receive no commission from these companies so rest assured that we are providing genuine recommendations to people considering such activity holidays. We also welcome emails from other small companies which offer specialised activity holidays in Spain.
Useful Diving in Spain Links
Diving off Calpe (Costa Blanca)
Calpe on Spain’s Costa Blanca offers excellent diving possibilities in clear, warm water with dives suitable for all levels of diver from beginner to advanced.Scuba
Diving off Torrevieja (Costa Blanca)
Just off the coast of Torrevieja on the southern Costa Blanca there is a variety of wreck and reef diving for divers of all standards.
Diving off La Manga (Costa Blanca)
Some of Spain’s best dive sites are located off the coast of Murcia near La Manga.