ZERO GRAVITY DIVE CENTRE
ZERO GRAVITY DIVE CENTRE

EL PUERTITO BAY

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 12 m within the bay, 18 outside the bay
  • Low difficulty, it is protected bay normally with no current. This place is very popular for beginners - try dives, courses, scuba reviews and refreshing dives.
  • It takes about 15 min to get to this dive site by RIB.

 

The highlights:

The most striking feature of this dive is the family of green turtles that live in the area. The green turtle is the second largest - they can weigh up to 225 kg and reach 1.2 m in length. Big areas of sea grasses bring them to this place. They are curious and often approach the divers very closely.

 

About the dive:

Imagine a typical bay with rocky edges and sand in the middle. Following the rock outside the bay is possible to see a lot of typical local fish, crabs, and octopus and if you are lucky even the shrimp called Red-backed cleaner shrimp or “Lady Scarlet”. Sandy area expands out of the bay and changes into a sea grass. Anywhere here look for flat fish like butterfly rays, common eagle rays, wide-eye flounder or angel sharks in the winter time. Don’t forget to take right bearing to come back to the rock and continue back to shallow. Turtles can be anywhere. If you have good eye, look for sea horses!!!! Also trupmet fish, cuttle fish, planehead filefish, bandtail puffer, lizard fish, scorpion fish blue-fin and atlantic damselfish and much more.


PLAYA PARAISO

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 24m
  • Low-medium difficulty, possible currents and swell. It is unusual to find a rough sea so visibility is usually good, up to 30 meters.
  • 15-20min ride by RIB from the harbor.

 

About the dive:

There are two depth levels here. We normally start on the top of the rock which is in about 12m. After that you continue deeper to explore the rocky bay. The bottom is mostly sand with a maximum depth of 24 meters with big lava canyons. On the way to the second bay we swim through some rocks and find sank anchor which is usually surrounded by groups of bastard grunts. At the end of the dive there is a large cave entrance easy to enter which shelter some beautiful anemones.

It used to be known as stingray station but the sting rays are mostly gone. But still there is a possibility to see some species of sting ray like black stingray, butterfly ray or common eagle ray. We also find trumpet fish of different sizes, parrotfish and ornate wrasse, angel sharks, colony of garden eels, different kind of breams, groupers, arrow crabs etc.

CALETA WALL

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 20m
  • Low-medium difficulty, depends on the weather conditions and currents can be some current and swell.
  • About 10 min ride from Puerto Colon

 

About the dive:

It is possible to do a drift dive on days when there is a current. If there is no current we can enjoy the dive along the Caleta wall and come back to the anchor. The rock is full of life and we can spend time paying attention to details, finding crabs, shrimps like Atlantic dancing shrimp, urchins, sea-slugs and starfish, also octopus, trumpet fish, bastard grunts, barracudas, moray eel and others. The sandy bottom on the other side from the wall is a great opportunity to spot some bigger fish, especially angel shark and different kinds of rays. Groups of rays also can be seen sleeping under the rocks in a small cave during the mating season.

PALM MAR CAVE

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 30- 40m
  • Minimum required level Advanced OWD because of its depth
  • About 20 min ride by RIB, located near the port of Los Cristianos

The highlights:

  • Statue of virgin in size of a person
  • Big entrance to Palm Mar cave – no entry!
  • A memorial desk of Jacques Costae – at 40m
  • Eel paradise
  • Occasional dolphins!!!!

 

About the dive:

Also called “Moray eels cave”, this dive site develops along a rocky slope of about 30 meters long and houses a large population of moray eels. Here we can see the tree most common Moray eel species (Brown moray eel, Black moray eel and Fang-tooth moray) that sometimes come to share the same hole. We pass the giant cave entrance and if we are lucky we can see big stingrays, duckbill rays or angel sharks.

In spring / summer often come face to face with some pelagic species such as amberjack, grey triggerfish, etc. paying some attention to the cracks in the reef, discover a host of small invertebrates, particularly shrimps, anemones and sea squirts. In the sandy bottom, which reaches 32 meters deep, we find Garden eels galore plus the occasional ray.

TWIN WRECKS

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 22m, square dive
  • Low difficulty, recommended for OWD
  • Location right in front of Puerto Colon Harbor

 

About the dive:

It is a square dive where we always descent by the anchor line. During the descent we can already see the two wrecks lying on the sea bottom, separated approximately 25 meters one from each other. They are often surrounded by huge shoals of bastard grunts and white or two-banded breams and if we are little bit lucky we can see rays like marbled electric ray or big black stingray. Around the wrecks on the sand live large groups of garden eels. Pay attention to the wrecks themselves because their walls are full of life. Possibility to see arrow crabs, seaslugs, fireworms or anemones. Inside the wrecks are usually hiding massive trumpet fish together with more grunts and if we are very lucky canary rock lobster or triton snail.

 

 

EL CONDESITO WRECK

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 20m
  • Medium difficulty, depends on the weather conditions and currents
  • About 20 min ride by RIB

 

About the wreck:

The Condesito was a cargo ship of about 30m in length, which sank 1 January 1972. The ship ran aground about 50 m from the Punta Rasca Lighthouse. When she sank she was carrying bags of cement for the construction in Los Cristianos that have now solidified into blocks.

 

Interesting - Some sources suggest that the sinking was caused by the captain being drunkor that the crew went below deck to drink beer, to celebrate Christmas/New Year, leaving the vessel on autopilot.Other sources suggest the Condesito suffered engine trouble during a storm. Thanks Wikipedia.

The wreck lies in the middle of a canyon. She is now in very poor condition and we can find pieces spread everywhere around on the bottom. It is impossible to enter the wreck as it split in half many years ago due to strong storms.

 

About the dive:

There is a lot of sea life around the wreck and also the geological structure around it is worth seeing. Basically it is surrounded by columnar prisms, a result of rapid cooling of the lava on contact with water (It gives an impression of a road artificially cut through the rocks). Geologically speaking, we can observe a columnar disjunction (typical structure of volcanic rocks formed by columnar prisms produced during cooling of lava).

It is possible to see large trumpet fish, white bream, fireworms, octopus, barracudas and parrotfish among others.

EL MERIDIAM WRECK

 

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 30m
  • Minimum required level Advanced OWD, usually no currents and good visibility
  • About 20 min ride by RIB

 

About the wreck:

This wreck was a German minesweeper from the Second World War. To Tenerife got in 70's to be used as a boat to watch whales and dolphins, before being artificially sunk in 2005.

The wreck is 30m long and has a wooden hull with metal superstructure. The major mast is still in its place and gives us great opportunity for pictures.

 

About the dive:

We start to descent by anchor-line to the sandy bottom. Then we circle the wreck from the deepest point slowly around it, passing by the deck and ascending up to 12 m along the mast and then come back to the anchor-line. Around the wreck close to the bottom can be seen large species of fish like groupers, angel sharks and different kind of rays. The wreck itself also attracts fish like scorpionfish, rock goby or streaked gurnard, fireworms or shrimps. It is possible to enter and dive through the wreck. Shallower around the deck look for tunas, trumpet fish, combers, amberjacks, breams, filefish, etc.

THE GRUNTS OF PALM MAR

Facts:

  • Max Depth: 24m
  • Low-medium, easy dive for beginners and OWD
  • About 20 min ride by RIB

 

About the dive:

The name of this site already reveals what we can expect to see most. Big groups of bastard grunts - a shoaling fish common to the sand and rock bottoms of the islands can be found here.

Since the area is also famous for its underwater rock formations, it is no surprise that this dive site has some fascinating topography. Starting from a plateau you reach an amphitheatre - like structure, where the discovery begins. Trumpet fish, moray eels, big-eye, glass-eye and cardinal, wrasse fish, parrot fish, blennies, bream, etc. find shelter in the rocks.

 

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