Become immersed in the Mediterranean Coast
In the Baix Ebre región in south Catalonia, there is a small, traditional fishing village called L’Ametlla de Mar, which is known by its inhabitants as La Cala (the Cove).
L’Ametlla de Mar has 16km. of beautiful virgin coves and beaches, with an amazing rugged coastline of attractive cliffs and Mediterranean vegetation, making it one of the most incredible virgin landscapes on the Mediterranean coast. There are mostly fine white sandy beaches to the north, while to the south they are more pebbly or with coarser sand. This coastal area is charming with its absolutely gorgeous sea beds and valuable biodiversity.
Ametlla Diving started in 2008, being the only diving centre in L’Ametlla de Mar. One of their main aims is to be able to show each and every person the marvellous reliefs and sea beds. So Ametlla Diving offer diving lessons and guided tours to anyone who wants to find out more and get a different perspective of the blue world. Ametlla Diving offers a variety of guided visits for all levels, whether it is from the beach or from a boat. Each immersion has its magic.
You can visit the sea from the beach and enjoy a fantastic tour of Cala Pepo cove, L’Estany beach, Cala Bon Capó cove, Torrent del Pí beach, Cala LLoveta cove, Calafato beach and Cala Vidre cove, among others. Here divers can see many rock formations with cavities and posedonia meadows. On the way you can see octopus in the gaps between rocks, small fish called damselfish, starfish, small groups of gilt-head bream, lobsters, sea urchins of different colours and shoals of anchovies which hypnotise you with the shapes they make in the water.
It is also possible to do night dives from the beach or a boat, where you will find something completely different from the marine life during the day. For example there are sea hares, shrimps, cuttlefish, dentex and brittle starfish, plus the fantastic light exuded from marine organisms known as bioluminescence.
For those who are already recognised divers, Ametlla Diving offers some extraordinary trips from boats, where you can visit sunken fishing boats or shipwrecks such as La Vitera, El Tapatía, El Catalina y Juan, El Moro, El Paquito, El Ray and El Rogelia and famous rock formations with mysterious cavities like the Rocas de Carmelo. Immersions can be from 10m to 32m., and you can see seahorses, lobsters, octopus, millions of nudibranchs of varying colours, barracuda, large red scorpionfish, famous giant fan mussels, white gorgonians, groupers, congers, moray eels and different small fish which accompany us during the whole immersion like white seabream, sharpsnout seabream, zebra seabream, mojarra, saddled seabream, comber, rainbow wrasse…
For the more adventurous and lovers of history, then a dive to the Cavour wreck is a must, this is also known in the village as the Correu. The Correu was an Italian transport vessel which sunk when it crashed into one of its two escort vessels in the middle of the night, as their lights were off so that they could pass by unnoticed by enemy forces in 1917. This ship had already had a previous collision sending the flagship of the “White Star Line” company to the bottom of the ocean. This company was later to give life to the famous Titanic where part of the crew which had been saved from the Republic died. At a depth of 51metres, on a bed of sand and mud, lies the remains of this wreck which was in its day a grand merchant and passenger ship measuring more than 100metres in length. The area is full of life which in turn attracts lots of pelagic fish, sardine, red bream, sea bass, jack mackerel, tuna, mackerel, anchovy, albacore tuna, amberjack, grouper and skate. Some species of ocean sunfish have also been seen there, as they visit periodically to feed. Over what is almost 100 years the hull of this wreck has become a hub of life.
The adventure begins in Ametlla Diving, where each participant is equipped with all they need to do this activity. Before entering the water, there is a short “briefing” on the immersion, where you will be informed about the species which can be observed, the length of the dive, the depth… once all queries have been answered, the activity will begin. This activity is always led and supervised by PADI professionals who will guide you and show you the species mentioned beforehand in the briefing.
If you are still not a diver, don’t waste any more time, come and discover the fantastic marine life at L'Ametlla de Mar. You can start with a quick underwater christening or take one of our various courses, from beginner level to rescue diver. Discover an incredible world without gravity where you feel like you are flying under the water while you are also discovering the flora and fauna in our region.
For more information on activities at Ametlla Diving you can visit our web page www.ametlladiving.com or call (+34) 677669132 / 635768855
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