The "Mar de las Calmas" sheltered from the prevailing winds, a marine biosphere reserve, guarantees you to enjoy calm waters and underwater landscapes all year round in temperate water.
All dive points are less than 15 minutes away by boat.
The island's underwater bottoms are similar to the terrestrial landscapes due to their volcanic origin. This part of the Atlantic Ocean is full of lava formations, caves and tunnels, but also large expanses of sand, especially in the marine protected area, allowing animals to find many shelters.
El Hierro has the particularity of having in its waters a mixture of different Atlantic but also sub-tropical species. You can meet lobsters, sea cicadas, shrimps, crabs, yellow and black coral, groupers, barracudas as well as trumpeter fish, parrot fish, tuna, moray eels, nuribranchs and sea hares... Many rays are listed here such as black stingrays, eagle rays, butterfly rays but also mobulas and mantas rays! Some sharks are also present such as angel sharks, blue skin sharks and mako sharks offshore, but especially the famous ferocious shark that rises from the ocean depths during the summer!
The canaries are also famous for the presence of many cetacean species such as long-billed dolphins, tursiops, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, humpback whales and even blue whales!
The island has very many immersion points all around its perimeter.
At La Restinga, nothing less than 30 dive sites, 12 of which are in the Marine Reserve!
External Marin Reserve :
2 closed dive sites, but depending on weather and currents conditions (confirmed divers)
The most famous and fabulous dive in El Hierro! According to Cousteau, it appears to be one of the 100 most beautiful dives in the world. Two rock towers separated by a "crater", the largest of which falls to a depth of more than 100 metres and culminates at 12 metres. Black coral, groupers, black-headed saar, jacks, sauces, barracudas... large pelagic fish such as amberjacks, tuna or even mobula rays! this is a dive for experienced divers because the currents can sometimes be quite strong there.
Very interesting because of its spectacular relief, with a magnificent arch at 30 m, covered with black coral and abundant wildlife.
Internal Marin Reserve :
12 immersion points . Here are some of them.
Located just at the edge of the marine reserve, the dive begins near the shore with a rocky bottom that slides towards a sandy plateau filled with garden eels. This plateau extends to the Orchilla lighthouse at the far western tip of the island and is known as the largest field of garden eels in Europe! Following a break, you go up on a rocky plateau with many caves, arches and small cracks that serve as a refuge for many species such as morays, crabs or shrimps. In the deepest area (40 meters and more) you can often find the famous Pancho grouper, a symbol of the island's protected species.
Quiet and entertaining diving for all levels, located next to the natural swimming pool of Tacorón. In the 20-meter zone, garden eels, starfish, stingrays, stingrays, small groupers... As we walk towards the natural swimming pool, we discover the entrance vault which is located at 7 meters. The small caves formed in the cliff make this place an ideal place to look for porcupine fish. This area is sheltered from winds and currents, you are like in an aquarium!
LA CUEVA DEL DIABLOThis dive takes place along the rocky cliff. It is known because it is frequented by divers but also by walkers. Accessible by boat when the tide allows it. The cave is opened on its upper part by two large "dormers" that allow light to enter the whole central area. You will find all the small fauna of crustaceans of the Canary Islands, the two types of lobsters... The dive ends in the 5 meter zone on a stone arch. Diving accessible to all levels although it is a cave.
PUNTA LAS CAÑAS
The immersion begins in a flat area that becomes steeper and steeper as it moves away from the coast. The large eroded rocks and dikes perpendicular to the coast provide refuge for many species. It is frequent to meet yellow moray eels, sars schools, rasons, groupers, trevally....
This dive probably has the most typical underwater landscapes of the region with caves and faults. In the caves, it is easy to see epic pork fish and schools of sauces that will come out as soon as you enter. Caves are not easily accessible if the surf is too high. Outside the caves, it is possible to see cuttlefish, eagle rays or schools of jacks.
East side of La Restinga, outside the reserve, vertiginous walls and spectacular caverns...
The most interesting part of this dive is to explore the many cavities that shelter the Canary lobster, porcupine fish... In a small cave at 5 meters deep, we can observe black coral, and the amusing effect of the halocline due to the rising of fresh water in the rock. All year round, many arches to discover!
This dive consists of two columns ("bajones") near the coast, one of which, the most separated from the coast, has a shallow part at 10 meters and the depth at 40 meters. With an abundance of life, there are many black corals, Verongias sponges, large barracudas, groupers, sergeants... The other small column is at a maximum depth of only 15-20 metres and has a cave that can be crossed.
The spectacular configuration of this site favours both the passage of angel sharks and rays in the sandy part, but also of mobulas rays that rotate around the columns...
This dive is also known as "La grotte des Jureles" (mackerel). To the east of the port, it is only carried out when sea conditions permit. A cave full of "jureles" is present at a depth of 28 metres monitored by large groupers and in which lobsters can sometimes hide. Black coral is present around 35 metres near the cave.
NIGHT DIVE !
MUELLE DE LA RESTINGA (NOCTURNE)
Departure from the shore. It is an opportunity to observe an impressive quantity of shrimp and crustaceans that magically appear during the night... and all the many octopuses and cuttlefish that invade the marina! What if by chance you meet a butterfly ray that came to collect the remains of fish thrown back into the sea by the fishermen?