2020 : Menorca – S’Algar Diving : 2nd-9th OCT – £955
Catching the late summer weather in the Mediterranean is always a favourite with the Scubaholcis Dive Club – The Sea is still warm at 26-28*C, but the sun isn’t blisteringly hot like July…. and there’s NO KIDS as it’s in school term time !
The diving is very well organised, running from a purpose built Hard Boat and a large Zodiac [RIB] covering a wide variety of dive sites with Walls, Reefs & Wrecks as well as some spectacular Caverns & Caves.
The diving is ideal for anyone wanting to build experience and learn new skills, and is also great for more experienced divers wanting somewhere new to explore…
Dive Sites at S’Algar are varied, offering interesting & beautiful dives for all levels.
The proximity to the Marine Reserve Isla del Aire – the wildlife is spectacular :
S’Algar Funnels – A spectacular chimney system featuring two magnificent caverns with an interconnecting inner chamber for those who like a little squeeze. The upper grotto leads through to a wide chimney, opening at the surface in the rocky shore of S’Algar village. Descending through a passage that opens into an enclosed inner chamber, a further passage gives into the lower cavern, full of natural light entering through the massive arched entrance at 20M. Possible as a shore dive, but much more comfortable is the swift 5-minute boat journey from the dive centre – 28M
The Plateau – A very relaxing dive close to S’Algar, ideal for photography and looking at the marine life and fauna. Its name comes from a big flat rock anchor point at 6m. It has overhangs to 24 metres with large boulders and swim-throughs. An excellent site for Moray Eel spotting – 25M.
Drinking Fountain – A smaller cavern found between S’Algar and Cala Rafalet, only a very short distance from the centre. At the back of the cavern is a freshwater halocline, always fairly chilly since our natural water comes from the Pyrenean snows. In a crack at the back of the fresh water, a large conger has made its home. Near the entrance is a “pool” of air where you can surface for a moment before leaving to explore the walls outside, where many octopuses can usually be found – 23M.
The statue of Virgin Mary – A small statuette of the Virgin Mary placed on a rock alter under a soaring natural rock arch in 26M of water, positioned there many years ago by Menorcan divers in memory of the shipwrecked sailors. A shoal of about 200 Mediterranean barracudas often patrols the statue, which is a truly breathtaking sight. An 18th-century cannon and anchor can be seen nearby – 26M.
Swiss Cheese – A shore dive with a minibus. Set in the ideal bay of Arenal D’en Castell, this site takes its name from a large rock that has formed numerous labyrinths in the shape of a large cheese. There is a choice of many entrances leading to the main chamber where an abundance of soft corals, lobsters, and octopus can be found. Upon leaving the main chamber you will enjoy a leisurely swim to the shallow waters for the exit point, where you may encounter more lobsters, scorpionfish, and cuttlefish. An exciting dive not to be missed – 24M
For divers with experience, liking caves and caverns and having no buoyancy issues :
Moon Pool – A cave dive. A large entry cavern at 17M gives way to a corridor paved with worn round boulders ending in a semi-circular wall. Rising up the wall and passing through a freshwater halocline you enter the inner cave at only about 3M depth and by swimming along to one side you can surface within the small cave of the Moon Pool itself – 21M.
Tom´s Belfrey – This has to be one of the most spectacular caverns dives available anywhere. The vaulted entry cavern may be entered at two points and leads through huge formations to where one can eventually surface deep within the cavern to admire the display of stalactites and a rather big stalagmite – 24M.
Cathedral Cavern – Perhaps the biggest cavern of them all. The entry arch is so large that it is naturally lit with diffused turquoise light for the whole of its considerable length. The boulder-strewn floor leads to a sandy rise at the back of the cavern and to one side a single rock sits like an ancient offering to a forgotten marine god – 26M
Qualification training dives can be completed with RYBY on this trip for the PADI Open Water & Advanced courses : and there’s Specialty courses running too…
GUIDED DIVING is available for all divers at PADI ADV+ levels or higher – the local S’Algar Dive guides will give you the support and/or freedom to enjoy the Walls & Reefs if you have the necessary experience to just get on with it and explore…
[ ALL Cave Dives require a guide unless you are CAVE certified ]
Trip price £955* : Flights – Transfers – Twin Room SC Apartments
6 Days of BOAT DIVING – 2 dives/day (options for extra dives)
£355 initial deposit to secure space on the trip :
*BOOK EARLY – cost of flights will increase nearer the date of departure…
£300 due 2nd April 2020 [ 6 months pre-trip ]
£300 Final balance due 2nd July 2020 [ 3 months pre-trip ]
Extras : Nitrox – Cylinder upgrades – Food & Drink – Kit Hire
All payments are non-refundable & non-transferrable.
Holiday insurance is recommended from time of booking in case of cancellation.
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