ESPICHEL SECTOR

ESPICHEL SECTOR

Northern diving!

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

It is 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 you may also be lucky enough to spot a school of croakers.

The bottom is initially rocky, but starts 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 fish and shellfish take refuge, 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. Many recesses and crevices lead to concentrated marine life here, providing a dive to explore and contemplate the smallest details. They are lined with sponges and anemones, like the the jewel anemones, and serve as a refuge to a wide variety of fish and shellfish. Diving in this site still has a historical attractiveness - 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 defeated by the fury of the sea and sank in the Winter of 1989 in the Cape Espichel. It split in two parts. Currently it is one of the most popular diving sites in the country for the observation of marine life, which focuses on the debris and technical diving training in wreck. Summer is the best time to visit it because Winter conditions do not always allow it. The dives can be performed either on the bow or on 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 should be repeated whenever possible. Around their debris live shoals of bream, sea bream-deer, golden, snappers and pouts. Congers, octopuses, lobsters and crabs are sheltered in 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.