25M Shore dive
The beach of Sa Tuna is, together with the cala de Aiguagreda, one of the most accessible places of the coast for diver with little experience. It is a pleasant beach, well sheltered from all winds and closed to the east by the point of Es Plom. The beach is quite large, with single and coarse sand. Showers, bars and a telephone are also found here.
A cliff path circles the beach of Sa Tuna to the right- south (towards the small beach of S’Eixugador) and to the left – north (leading to the Cala of Aiguagreda). The beach of S’Eixugador opens onto the south west corner of this bay, which is difficult to get to by land, Next to this little beach is the Cave of Sant Pau.
You can take the car down to the beach to unload the equipment, and there is a marked parking lot quite near the beach. For over a near, a notice at the entrance to the beach diving is forbidden from 1st June to 30th September.
There are buoys separating the anchoring and bathing areas on the northern side and there is a small jetty for dropping off passengers. Due to the conditions of this cala, with its sheltered waters, sailing boats frequently anchor here.
The seabeds at the centre of the beach of Sa Tuna are basically large sandy extensions replaced by patches of Neptune grass towards the beach of S’Eixugador and the point of Es Plom. After the first 30m out, the rock and sand bottom falls gently to a depth of just 4-5m. At about 50m from the beachline, the depth is still only 7m. The seabeds to the sides of the cala house a photophilious community with abundant small fish. The further from the beach and the deeper you go, white sea-whips appear. Further on, in the cracks and holes at a depth of 15-20M you will see red coral, especially in the isolated rocks from depths 17-20m onwards.
The seabeds on the south side of the cala, towards S’Eixugador, present a range of rocky recesses, with holes and crannies. This is the shallow area hardly 3-8m deep. There are some tubes here that are often mistaken for the famous cannons of Sa Tuna at a depth of 4m between rock blocks. There are two pipes and tube works have settled in one of them. A bit further on, at a depth of 7m you will come across another pipe about 4m long. In this area there are abundant octopus, bream, scorpionfish, gudgeons, blennies, etc.
The north side of the cala is the most attractive for diving. Here the bottom descends slowly and gradually to depths around 20m (where the coast clearly turns westward) On the upper part of the rocks there is an attractive photophilous community, with bream and labroids swimming amoung abundant green algae and sea urchins. The main attraction of this area is the cannon (this time the real one) that is leaning against the wall at a depth of only 5m.
Start your dive from the beach on the 45 deg course, swimming on the surface to save air. Keep the north coast of the cala near your left until the depth is 4-5m. If you wish to vist the cannon, descend here.
You will come across the cannon at a depth of 5-7m, incorporated in the rocks of the north wall on which it leans. The cannon measures about 2.5m long, its mouth faces the beach and it is leaning on a small platform or ledge in the blocks. From this platform the seabed falls abruptly 3m to a depth of 10m. Here the bottom is covered with detritus in the shallow parts. Nearby is a mooring buoy held at a depth of 8m, with another intermediate buoy at a depth of about 3m.
Follow the wall at the point where it meets the sandy bed, descending slowly until you reach the seabeds at 13-15m. To your left you will see abundant white sea whips on a steep vertical wall.
When the coast wall starts to turn left, leave it, keeping 20 deg. Here you will discover the remains of a boat on the bottom at a depth of 21m, but the rocks that rise 2-4m from the sand, at a depth of 25m are more interesting to explore. This is the most attractive scenery of Sa Tuna.
Max 21M shore dive
The Cala of Aiguafreda which means cold water, is one of the most accessible places to learn diving. It is a long narrow inlet, open to the East and surrounded by rocks and pine trees. A cliff path runs along the right and left hand side of the cala offering attractive views of this stretch of coast. The beach of very small with shingle and course sand and a wide platform to the north on which bather and divers do their sunbathing. This platform leads to a jetty off which divers can enter the water fully killed. A large part of the north side of the cala is occupied by the anchoring area marked by buoys whose numerous ‘deadmans’ moorings you will see when diving. Just behind the beach is a small river whose cold water give its name to the cala, flows into the sea and forms a freshwater source. The Cala also has a cafe and bar with benches under pine trees, with toilets and showers available.
Aigua Freda is not only home to our Dive Boat Xaloc but also to our adorable and now protected seahorses. Over the past few years we have found and secured nearly 10 breeding couples and watched them together right through to the hatching period by the male. Naming a few which can be seen in our photo gallery we have our first found Sid with his red hair and wife Gabiel. These were discovered on the Garry Glitter for his hair with wife Bald Ed (no guessing why!) who were, unbelievably in the shallows where we conduct the Discover Scuba Diver courses so as you can imagine this was wonderful for the clients´ first visit! Last year we discovered Lil Leo, named after our daughters´ lovely dog and his wife hairy Mary, these were penned off to ensure all divers knew to take care of fins and buouancy, very important when looking at seahorses! Also no torch light please as this can harm our beauties. Please see our page on Facebook regarding the treats to the seahorse world.
The seabeds of Aiguafreda are sandy with a few Neptune grass bushes in the centre of the cala where you will have to go to find depths of 20m.
The sides of the cala in contrast offer a good example of a photophilous community. Then, deeper, a precoralligenous environment with white sea whips and colonies of yellow incrusting anemones. Finally in the cracks and holes at depths of 15-20m, a small though highly representative corralligenous appears with some small branches of red coral, specially inside the famous ‘chimneys’ of Aiguafreda.
The seabeds on the south side of the cala, looking towards Sa Tuna, feature a succession of recesses with large rock blocks prepared with holes, slots and cracks at their bases often sheltering large quantities of fish. The shallowness near the coast (8-10m) makes it very suitable for snorkel diving. Here you can enjoy a long low-consumption immersion by sliding among the blocks, going in and out of their passages and canyons, admiring the large anemones, numerous octopus, some tube-worms and abundant little Cape Town lobsters (especially in the shallow crevices no deeper than 6-8m) In this stretch of the coast there is a tunnel that enters quite a way inland. If you go some distance away from the coastline and head for the point of Es Plom you will discover a series of rocks rising from the bottom (20m) with corals on them and if you are lucky a ray may appear in the sand and shingle surrounding them.
On the North side of the cala, on the upper part of the rocks, there is an attractive photophilous community with bream and labroids swimming among the green algae. Here is particular, sea urchins and sea-cucumbers abound. One of the points of interest for divers are the two Chimneys, which in fact are two short tunnels, on a sandy bed that you can enter horizontally from below but then come our vertically – hence their name. The lower opening of the first tunnel is at a depth of 14.5m and its upper opening at 7m. The second tunnel starts at 13.5m and ends at 8.5m from the surface. The tunnels are narrow and only allow one diver to pass through at a time. Near the tunnels there is a notable presence of cardinalfish, scorpionfish, brown meagre, nudibranches, small lobsters and some grouper.
You could start the dive from the beach itself or comfortable jump off the end of the jetty, swim away on the surface to save air, keeping the north coast of the cala to your left until you reach a depth of 607m where you descend.
During the initial trip, slide along the border between the sand and the rocks, following a 90 deg course, increasingly gaining depth as you enter the rocks. Further on at a depth of 17m, just where the wall turns left, you will see the remains of a boat on the sand on your right. You could inspect the boat and shine your torch into the deep crack in the wall which is full of life.
Continue around the wall (approx 30 deg) while the depth stabilizes at 18-19m. You will discover that the wall almost immediately, turn left again, forming a deep recess or canal (330 deg) that you could go round or over to head directly 9course 30deg for the area of the Chimneys.
After leaving another fissure to your left to up a little (follow the border between the sand and rock wall) and you will find yourself opposite the first chimney. This entrance is hard to see from a distance because of the play of light and shadows there. Avoid standing in from of the entrance to the tunnel as the bed is sandy and stirs up easily. If the water is clear, from the entrance, you can see the light at the other end, just 9 or 10m away. Pass through this first tunnel one by one, making efforts not to hit the walls and study the crannies with a torch. Also take the precaution of emptying the air from your jacket otherwise you may be swept to the surface when you come out. The first tunnel ends at depth of about 7-8m (although the rocks rise much higher) where you turns to the right (north) to find the upper mouth of the second tunnel, that enlarges as it gets deeper. To the right are dark cracks with corals, cardinalfish, perhaps a brotulid, etc and when coming out, avoid standing on the bottom so as not to cloud the way for the next diver. Opposite the exit is a circular block with remains or ropes that help locate the tunnel if you missed the entrance to the first chimney. In front of this point rise other rocks whose cracks may contain lobsters and hermit crabs etc.
From there there are two options for the return journey. Back along the same way or following a more direct line at less depth passing over the rocky platform 9210 deg followed by 270 deg) during the return trip avoid emerging near the jetty as there is a lot of boat traffic here
Also one of our snorkel buouys so as you can imagine, this is very protected from the prevailing winds and therefore great for the newly qualified or inexperienced diver with a maximum depth of 15m it is a very beautiful boat dive with a lovely natural arc to swim through giving great colours with the light and many different fish being right next door to the Marine Reserve of Ses Negras.
In front of the famous holiday home of Franco and round the corner from our Home, Aigua Freda you will see our buouy the point of Cap Sa Sal with a maximum depth of 25m but with everything to see at 18m, it has a beautiful cave where you can see the famous scorpion fish, Octopus and the odd Eagle Ray.
Max 13M Shore diveDelightful sandy beach with plenty of restaurants and cafes with showers on the beach. Very popular night dive site with us.
North side of the Cala – Octopus Highway so called because of the abundance of octopus here. Very easy access off the platform or from a small sandy bay around the corner or from the main beach. There are lots of boats moored here during the summers months so please keep within the buoys until your descent at the rocks and the same when you return.
Going out follow the rocks on your left along the sandy bottom where you will find an abundance of large anemones, beautiful cuttlefish displaying their wonderful colours and if you are lucky they will dance for you! Numerous octopus and some tube worms along with rays displaying their full beauty. The depth is only about 12 metres so you will have plenty of time to search among the rocks, usually after about 20 minutes into the diver in a cove of rocks, you will find our friend DADDYPUS who is enormous with huge arms and sucks, so be careful with your mask if you get too close and he has taken a liking to our Staff Instructors’ lately! On your return during the summer months, returns along the same route but during the winter (October to May) you can come up the beach.
On the South side of the bay there is another lovely shallow dive, again with plenty to be seen and very easy access.
Right in front of the port of Aigua Freda you will see, a short boat trip to our buouy of Es Plom, with a maximum of 25m you will find a wonderful wall full of colourful Gorgonia Corals and, without fail some langostas, many of which are huge !
Unmistakenly and in our opinion, one of the best dive site on the Costa Brava, comparing with the famous Medes Islands but, much less quite of course, you will find, after a short boat trip the lovely underwater pinical of Furio Fito with great reefs of Gorgonia Corals, many scorpion fish, langostas, moray eels, octopus and looking up shoals of barracuda passing by. In the months of May and June, you will almost always see Moon/Sun fish flapping around as they do, maximum depth 12-50m for the hardy so covers all levels.
Next to Furio you will find our buouy at the pinical of the Island Fitu which, can be dived the whole circumference and also include other smaller underwater islands. Starting through the ´garden´of the island we can hit a maximum of 25m but for the less experienced 18m will see everything around the island including, Moray Eels, langostas, fan coral, barracuda, and of course octopus.
Futher south down the coast towards Aigua Blava we can find our new buouy this year at the headland of Cap de Begur which is a lovely dive starting from a 5m platform and dropping to a maximum of 5m so making it a perfect dive for beginners and advanced divers. Towards the end of the wall at 12m you can see the new and ancient anchor which has been discovered with the highlight of this dive along with seeing the normal octopus etc, etc.
Our buouy here is also one of our snorkel sites, so as you can imagine has many shoals of fish to spot throughout the dive. Again, it is an island that can be circumnavigated as well as crossing to other smaller islands. This is a lovely dive for all levels to maximum of around 20m.