Scuba diving from Denia

Just as most of Spain, the Costa Blanca can be an ideal place to base your scuba diving holiday or even obtain your first diving qualifications.

The visibility in this part of the Mediterranean Sea is very good, especially at the locations further away from the coast such as at La Llosa and the island of Benidorm. There, visibility of 20 to 40 meters approx. 65 to 130ft is quite normal. There are, of course, days with heavy seas but these are rare and there are plenty of dive sites to choose from so you should find at least one with calm seas.

Scuba Diving

Average Water Temperatures
Month
Celcius
Fahrenheit
January
13.5
56
February
13.5
56
March
13.5
56
April
15.0
59
May
16.5
61
June
19.5
67
July
22.0
71
August
24.5
76
September
24.0
75
October
21.0
69
November
18.0
64
December
15.0
59

Clubs and Cylinder Filling centres

What type of diving can I expect?

Caves (never dive in caves unless you are qualified and experienced)

The landscape between Denia and Benidorm have created an area packed with underwater caves and caverns of which many are still unexplored. North of Moraira lies the 'Moraig' cave system, an underground river that ends up in the sea. In spite of the fatal diving accidents of 1982, (2 divers), 1989, (1 diver) and in 1992 Bernhard Pack the founder of the "Moraig: Expedition Speleo-Hydrological project, German cave divers continue the search for the freshwater spring. A sample taken from the cave some 1188 metres approx. 3900ft. deep inside still contains tracks of salt. Along with the Germans, the majority of cave divers here are mapping the system, the deepest penetration up to now (year 2000) ends at 1500 metres approx. 5000ft.

Wreckdiving / Deepdiving

The deepest wrecks along the Costa Blanca (which are visited) are:

The Naranjito - max. depth 44 metres approx. 144ft. (cargo liner) 

The Nalon - max.depth 35 metres approx. 115ft. (destroyer) 

The Ulla - max.depth 34 metres approx. 112ft. (destroyer) 

The Turia - max.depth 35 metres approx. 115ft. (destroyer) the Nalon, Ulla and Turia were sunken by Spanish navy divers a couple of years ago for training purposes, and to create artificial reefs

The Stanfield - max.depth 60 metres approx. 196ft.   

The Sirio - max.depth 60 metres approx. 196ft. (passenger liner) a permit must be obtained to dive this wreck 

The Kasenga - max.depth 50 metres approx. 164ft. (cargo steamer)

The Carbonero - max.depth 45 metres approx. 147ft.  (WW1 warship)

What should I expect to pay to dive on the Costa Blanca ?

Approximate Cost to Dive
Shore Dive From 6.00 Euros
Boat Dive From 15.00 Euros
Cylinder + Air From 8.00 Euros
Regulator/Octopus From 8.00 Euros
Mask, Fins & Weights From 8.00 Euros
BCD From 8.00 Euros
Wetsuit From 8.00 Euros
Complete Set Around 25.00 Euros

Emergency?

Where can you find the nearest decompression chamber ?

Spanish-speaking individuals call: 965 252 525 (Red Cross) from this location in Alicante the "coordination" of the transport to MEDIBAROX Unidad the Medicina Hiperbárica in Alicante will take place. Doctor Antonio Salinas asal@ctv.es   is there to help you  (this hyper-baric chamber in Alicante is one of the most modern facilities in Europe).  Foreigners are better off by calling the international emergency phone number 112 (also accessible by mobile phone), what's more the operators here speak English. In any event, remember to tell them it's a diving accident

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