Espichel Sector

Espichel Sector

Northern diving

Baleeira | A harbor full of life | Depth: 11-18 meters

It's a dive along the coast, low difficulty and accessible to all levels. The bottom is mixed, with rocks, walls and areas with small cracks and hollows. Several species of nudibranchs (slugs-the-mas) stand out and fish that feature bright colors and make the delight of divers and photographers. Sometimes also you may be lucky enough to spot a school of croakers.

The bottom is initially rocky, but begins to silt until completely sandy to 13 meters deep. During the summer months brown algae as cistoseiras and gulfs (lamps) can be observed . The latter can form true forests, where they take refuge fish and shellfish, such as cuttlefish and octopuses.

Paredes do Cabo | A dip to contemplate | Depth: 11-20 m

Located very close to Cape Espichel, these walls eroded and sculpted by the force of the sea, with many recesses and crevices, concentrated marine life, providing a dive to explore and contemplate the smallest details. They are lined with sponges and anemones, as the jewel anemones, and serve as a refuge to a wide variety of fish and shellfish. Diving at this site still has a historical attractive - the force of the sea brought closer to the shoreline some debris from the wreck River Gurara that attract schools of various species. Against the wall with cracks and small holes can be found many nudibranchs, starfish, grouper, triggerfish fish, sculpins and many other species. Around the wreckage live shoals of bream, sea bream-deer, golden, snappers and pouts.

River Gurara | Wreckage Rebirth| Depth: Bow (26-33 meters), Stern (20-25 meters)

The River Gurara, a Nigerian freighter of 175 meters, was defeatedby the fury of the sea and sank in winter 1989 in the Cape Espichel, divided into two parts. It is currently one of the most popular dive sites in the country for the observation of marine life, which focuses on  their debris, as well as for technical diving training in wreck. Summer is the best time to visit it because in winter conditions do not always allow it. The dives can be performed on the bow or the stern of the freighter. At the bow, the hull is laid aside. Ahead we see the rudder, propeller and part of the inverted hull on the bottom, as well as other structures. Dives are not to be missed and repeated whenever possible. Around their debris live shoals of bream, sea bream-deer, golden, snappers and pouts. Congers, octopuses, lobsters and crabs are sheltered us their hiding places, such as pipes, where we also find colorful anemones. In the propeller and the hull grew a lot of gorgonians , which filter the water in search of food.