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Scuba Diving in Mallorca Hot

Dive area / region : Mallorca - See the map Scuba Diving in Mallorca

Best diving season : May  •  June  •  July  •  August  •  September  •  October
Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days
Number of dive sites : 11 to 15 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 11-15C : Full Wetsuit
Average visibility : 21 - 25 meters
Average dives depth : 15 Meters
Type of currents : Medium level currents
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Medium conditions
Wreck types : Recent world ships  •  Artificial wrecks  •  Airplane
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Type of marine life : Anemone  •  Barracuda  •  Corals  •  Grouper  •  Jacks  •  Moray Eels  •  Octopus  •  Plants  •  Reef Fish  •  Sea urchins  •  Softcoral  •  Sponge  •  Star fish  •  Turtles
Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Semiclosed


Water temperature: Sea temperatures vary from around 26°C (79°F) in August to 13°C (55°F) in January. In November and June you can expect a temperature of about 18°C (64°F), warming up the closer to the summer.
 Suit: In July and August a 3mm full length wetsuit will be a comfortable option, for the rest of the holiday season a semidry should be enough. If you dive out of season (November to April), you will probably want to use a drysuit Visibility: 10 - 40 metres (30 - 130 feet). In the summer 30 to 40 metres (100 - 130 feet) of visibility can be expected at most sites Type of diving: Reefs, walls, caves, wrecks.

Mallorca (also spelt Majorca) is the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands. It is mountainous in the northwest and has flat plains in the east. Most of the tourist resorts are located down the eastern side of the island, but you may wish to stay away from these to get a flavour for what Mallorca was like before the tourists arrived. Whether in a restaurant, shop, or hiring a car, the majority of people you meet will speak English and German as well as Spanish, although most will appreciate it if you attempt to use some Spanish to converse with them.
Mallorca can be a picturesque island, with some wonderful mountain views and beautiful, clear blue seas. Undeniably however, Mallorca has been developed as a cheap tourist destination so in the built up areas it is not always as pleasant, with most of the buildings being constructed from concrete rather than using traditional architectural styles that compliment the landscape so well. Despite this, the island has something to offer for most people. If you enjoy Costa del Sol-style holidays, you will not have to travel far from your hotel or apartment to find some form of entertainment. Most resorts have been built around a beach and there are golf courses, swimming pools, and all types of water sports on offer as well as many cafés and bars to pass the time in. Accommodation is generally quite basic, with a range of apartments and hotels on offer and there is even a campsite on the east of the island. To escape the tourism a little, why not hire a car and visit some of the more traditional villages or take a walk in the mountains?
In the southwest of the island is the Dragonera Nature Reserve, which is relatively unspoiled and provides the walker with some great views out to sea and a selection of wildlife amongst the trees. The photo inset here on dive site directory was taken at Dragonera, but please don't expect the entire island to look this beautiful! Well worth a visit is the village of Randa in the Center of the island, which is home to a 13th Century monastery and a traditional Mallorcan café called the Cellar Bar. It is highly popular with the locals and serves some first class cuisine. On the east coast there are also some astounding cave systems such as the Ceuvas del Drach, where amazing stalactite and stalagmites have formed over thousands of years in extensive underground chambers.

There is diving available all around the island, although some of the best is around the southwest due to there being a number of marine reserves and because of the rocky nature of the seabed. Islands emerge out of the sea providing wonderful wall dives that are home to a large quantity of marine life. There are also many caves, caverns and tunnels that have formed in the carbonate rocks providing all levels of diver something a little different. A good base for divers is Santa Ponsa, which allows access to dive sites all the way from the wrecks at Palma to the nature reserve at Dragonera.
The islands of El Toro and the Malgrats have also recently been made into marine reserves meaning fish are growing in numbers in what were once popular fishing spots.

Useful tips:
-It is strongly adivised to avoid going there in the off season as the dive center are not keen to help you as it should especially if you dont need guide and only description of the dive site.
-On top of that the visibility can be drastically reduced in case of rain. And it is wise to check whether your dive center has its own boat before you go as some dive centers put you onto other centers boats, acting as a middleman.
-If you are not qualified as a PADI diver, be sure you take out your log book to proove your experience. 

Overall, Mallorca makes a great budget diving destination for Europeans, either to coincide diving with a package holiday or by putting together your own flights, accommodation and dive package to create your ideal stay. It is a good place to take a family if you have a partner who is willing to keep an eye on the kids whilst you sneak off for a morning and it is also somewhere you can dive solidly for a week without running out of interesting dive sites.

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