An underwater heritage site rich in biodiversity
The northern area of La Manga offers a whole range of different diving possibilities, from photographing seahorses in the Mar Menor, to shipwrecks from World War I, to the protected area of the Isla Grosa (island). Surrounded by Neptune Grass, the area's reefs generate veritable aquariums, not to mention remnants of the ancient Phoenician and Roman civilisations, or those of 19th-century freighters.More
Ranging from 18 meters to 2, it constitutes a veritable trap for vessels. Its walls harbour mainly eels and octopuses. On days when there is a current, one can always find large schools.
Islet where a couple of dives between 6 and 18 meters are possible. Of special note is the great variety of species that inhabit its protected waters, accounting for practically 80% of those found on our coast.
The island offers 4 different dives between 6 and 18 meters of depth. The sea bed features numerous cavities, serving as a magnificent breeding ground, for grouper and corvina, particularly.
A rock formation at 13 to 18 meters of depth, with an abundance of nudibranchs. On days with a current we can find schools of dentex and barracuda going after the meek damselfish. It is also very common to see manta ray gliding below.
Cueva de la Grosa (cave)
120 meters long, at a maximum depth of 6 meters. With crystalline waters and little light, it shelters mainly prawns and scorpionfish.
The 120-meter S.S. Thordissa was a steamer sunk by a German U-boat during World War I. It rests on a sandy bottom at 45 meters and its foredeck measures 35. It teems with bogue, mackerel, large corvina, lobster, conger, hake and dentex.
The 104-meter S.S. Doris, an Italian steamer, was sunk near Carbonero by the same German submarine, on the same day. It rest at a depth of 47 meters, about 5 miles from Tomás Maestre
Ulla and Turia
Off the coast of La Manga, the Spanish Navy sank these two minesweepers in 1999.
The 72-meter Francoli, a steam/sail freighter, rests on a sandy bottom 47 meters down, off the coast of La Manga.
You'll be surprised, as another type of diving is possible here, searching for species native to this protected area: sea horses, pipefish, sand smelt, fan mussels ...