Diving at the Costa Tropical
10 good reasons to come to the Costa Tropical to dive.
- Huge variety of dive sites for both beginners and advanced divers
- Beautiful coastline with secluded bays, beaches and traditional Spanish villages far away from mass tourism
- A unique microclimate which makes diving possible all year round
- Interesting variety of excursions and cultural visits to cities such as Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Malaga
- Authentic hinterland with typical white villages
- Ideal location to fully immerse in the Spanish way of living
- Large number of water sports, activities and (language) courses for all ages
- Popular Sierra Nevada ski resort in close proximity.
- Not too far from home and a stone's throw from Morocco which also offers attractive diving locations
- Customised (diving) programs, according to your wishes, including transport, accommodation, excursions etc.
It is just great diving here!
At the Costa Tropical you will find a great number of beautiful dive sites, the underwater area with its flora and fauna and various caves is fabulous! It is an area of great ecological value in the Western basin of the Alboran Sea, a unique marine area. The permanent flow of currents between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic gives rise to a remarkable biological diversity of both Mediterranean and Atlantic species characteristic of the area.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are growing in popularity along this rugged coastline. The area is now known as one of Spain’s best diving locations. La Herradura, Marina del Este, Punta de la Mona and Cerro Gordo are superb locations for snorkelling and diving where the water is extremely clear. So you'll have an excellent visibility to observe the plentiful fish life. Besides that The Costa Tropical takes its name from the gentle micro-climate found here, which ensures mild winters and makes it a great place to be all year round. Surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Nevada and caressed by the warm North African winds, this place is one of the most unspoilt on the whole of the extensive Andalusian coastline.
The area is where the Sierra de Almijara plunges into the sea, erosion has created a spectacular coastline of cliffs, undersea caves, pinnacles and small sheltered bays. It is designated a National Underwater Park (Paraje Natural Acantilados de Maro-Cerro Gordo) and in addition to the above natural points of interest the government is sinking artificial reefs and boats to increase the already rich diversity of life here on the Costa Tropical.
La Herradura is known for scuba diving due to the dozens of coves that are brimming with life in the area.Two large rocky points (Punta de la Mona & Cerro Gordo) mark the beginning and end of the two kilometre long bay of La Herradura.
Our dive sites consistently rank at the top of the best ones in Spain!
- The novice-friendly dive site Cerro Gordo has large stone blocks that rest at the foot of the surrounding underwater cliffs. Here you’ll find a cave at 16 meters where conger eels flourish. Wrasse, bream and mullets frequently come here to hunt and get away from the strong currents. Theentrance, nestled deep within the wall of the Cerro Gordo cliff, is hard to miss and easy to access. As you enter, you’ll need to swim for about five meters then ascend normally into the cave. Flitters of light trickle in from the hole at the top of the cave and illuminate the surroundings. The intricate labyrinth like cave system is for experienced (cave-) divers only. It is fed by freshwater and the visibility is fantastic. After about a distance of 80 metres, you can surface in an enclosed cavern of fresh water.
- Punta de la Mona reaches depths up to 50 meters and the lack of light gives the surroundings a greenish hue and a unique appearance which might affect visibility. Moonfish use the area as a cleaning station and encounters with pollock, dentex and seabass are common sights in this area at around 35 meters. Between the green algae covered rocks exist yellow coral fields where octopus breed and nudibranch reside. This dive site is fairly deep and is known for fast currents; dress warm (hood and gloves) and make sure you can handle swift waters.
Are you ready to explore the underwater world of the Costa Tropical?
- If you have ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater and want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving will let you try scuba to see if you like it
- If you want to learn to dive, you could take a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Open Water Diver course, the most widely recognized and respected diving certification in the world. Within a few days, you can be enjoying the underwater world.
- Or maybe you are already an experienced diver? Here you will find some of the best diving sites in the Mediterranean. We are able to offer interesting diving programs at some really unique divingsites in this area!
- If you would like to to improve your diving skills and prepare for new experiences and adventures there is the advanced Open Water Diver course. There are courses to become a rescue diver, divemaster, assistent instructor....
- And ready to specialise yourself? You could follow the Enriched Air Nitrox course or Deep Diving....
You can be absolutely sure that diving with our qualified and enthusiastic diving team, whether you are a novice or a more experienced diver, will be safe, fun and incredibly enjoyable!
So join the adventure and go diving in La Herradura, Spain!
PADI Open Water Diver Course
The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the level of initiation and teaches students the foundations of diving knowledge and skills required to dive with a partner and without supervision. This course is the most widely recognized and respected diving certification in the world. Within a few days, you can be enjoying the underwater world!
The PADI Open Water Diver certification qualifies you to:
- Diving with a partner without supervision while applying the knowledge and practices learned in this course, within the limits of their training and experience. You shall be licensed to dive to a depth of 18 meters.
- Obtain air fills, scuba equipment and other services.
- Plan, conduct and log open water dives without decompression when properly equipped and accompanied by a companion in a position where they have experience or training.
- Continue your diver training with a PADI Advanced Open Water or PADI Specialty courses.
The Open Water Course consists of 3 parts:
- 5 theoretical modules: Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving.
- 18 exercises in confined water in order to develop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving. You learn things like how pressure affects your body, how to choose the best scuba gear and how to set it up, what to consider when planning dives etc. You’ll also practice some emergency skills, like sharing air or replacing your scuba mask
- 4 dives in the open water. This is where you attain the skills you need to dive in open water and where you fully experience the underwater adventure with your PADI Instructor at one of the beautiful dive sites at The Costa Tropical.
Learning to dive is a great value when you consider that you learn to dive under the guidance and attention of a high trained, experienced professional PADI instructor. From the first day, diving starts transforming your life!
Our Special Offer: Join the adventure!
PADI Open Water Diver course incl. 1 week stay in a good quality, family run 3 star hotel (HB) in the center of the friendly Andalusian village of La Herradura. The Hotel is within 5 minutes walking distance from the beach.
From € 499.= p.p. (min 2 pax)
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