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Hacer snorkel y submarinismo en Islas Canarias



Si estás buscando un lugar único para tus próximas vacaciones, donde puedas practicar snorkel y submarinismo, las Islas Canarias son un lugar ideal.

En cualquiera de sus islas hay kilómetros y kilómetros de playas increíblemente hermosas que ofrecen un fantástico espacio para practicar buceo, snorkel y submarinismo. Nada para descubrir la belleza del mar como sumergirse en las cristalinas aguas del Océano Atlántico.

 

Baja bocarones y Montaña Amarilla: para los que hacer snorkel es un estilo de vida

Sí, tan sencillo como eso, ya sea que quieras hacer tu bautismo de buceo o tengas muchos años de experiencia descubriendo la vida del mundo submarino, estos dos lugares en las Islas Canarias te permitirán descubrir el otro mundo de las profundidades marinas.

Comencemos con Baja Bocarones.

Baja Bocarones, isla de El Hierro


Este es el reino del submarinismo y prueba de ello son la infinidad de escuelas de buceo que puedes encontrar aquí. Olvídate de posibles reparos si eres principiante, ya que te será muy sencillo encontrar a ese instructor que te permita descubrir la vida en las profundidades del Atlántico.

Aquí encontrarás una de las de las mejores inmersiones en descenso de pared (más de 30 metros de altura) al recorrer dos bajones. El primero y más superficial llega a los -10 metros mientras que el segundo, más profundo llega hasta los 40 metros de profundidad. Se trata de un ecosistema diferente en el que poder ver multitud de peces en la parte superior y coral negro en la inferior.

Podemos aquí conocer también la Reserva Marina de la Restinga que se hiciese tan famosa hace unos años cuando una erupción volcánica submarina dio lugar al nacimiento de un nuevo volcán dentro del mar, el Volcán Tagoro. Aquí se encuentra el Mar de las Calmas que ofrece esa quietud que todo buen submarinista sabe apreciar.

Montaña Amarilla

¿Estás dando tus primeros pasos en la fascinante aventura del submarinismo?.

Entonces Tenerife es una isla idónea donde hacer snorkel y Montaña Amarilla es el lugar ideal de buceo para que pongas a prueba tus nervios de acero y tu sed de aventura.


Montaña Amarilla está ubicada en el sur de la isla de Tenerife, y la belleza que impone esta formación geológica a partir de erupciones volcánicas submarinas, te ofrecerá una multitud de arrecifes que esconden una vida marina singular, como rayas, pulpos, morenas y en temporada, tiburones ángel.

Montaña Amarilla está ubicada muy próxima al puerto deportivo de La Galleta, desde donde se puede partir en un barco, hasta llegar a sus aguas que alcanzan una profundidad media de quince metros. 

 

Otros lugares donde practicar snorkel en Islas Canarias

El Cabrón

El Cabrón es una de las 3 reservas marinas de Canarias más famosas y que cuenta con excelentes condiciones tanto para el buceo como para el snorkel. Sin embargo, el acceso a la zona no es es el más sencillo ya que la pista que conduce a esta playa requiere un todoterreno para llegar.


Una vez en la zona, puedes saltar directamente al agua desde cualquier punto y encontrarte al instante con la belleza del mundo submarino. Un paisaje de arcos, cuevas y desniveles continuos junto a la prohibición de pesca hacen posible que encontremos una rica vida marina en la que contemplar una enorme variedad de hermosos peces que van desde peces lagarto hasta meros, barracudas y también rayas.

Las Merinas

Dentro del municipio de Agaete, Las Merinas es una popular playa de snorkel en Gran Canaria donde encontrar grandes anémonas de mar y corales. No extraña que haya sido referida como uno de los lugares más bello de la región para actividades submarinas. 

Esta fauna y flora se sustenta en un fondo rocoso muy tranquilo, alejado de grandes corrientes que permiten la proliferación de estos organismos. Idónea también para hacer snorkel y buceo en familia.

Museo del Atlántico

Fotógrafo marino, escultor, admirador del legendario Jacques Cousteau y un defensor de los arrecifes, Jason deCaires Taylor es el ideólogo del primer museo submarino en el continente europeo.


Con una extensión de dos mil quinientos metros cuadrados, a una profundidad de más de diez metros y más de 300 esculturas representativas de la comunidad isleña, este museo submarino invita a la sorpresa y al asombro, a la reflexión y a la emoción.

Esculturas submarinas que permanecerán hasta el fin de los tiempos, en silencio, pero no acalladas, para recordarnos que los océanos y los mares nos necesitan.

En definitiva, las Islas Canarias se han convertido en los últimos años en un templo del submarinismo familiar y adaptable a todo tipo de exigencias. Un lugar que visitar y disfrutar. 



Los 10 mejores destinos de buceo en verano (parte II)



We continue with the second part of the article about the best diving destinations of the summer with another 5 world-class diving destinations. The first part of the article? Sure, sorry, throught this link you can find it.

 

6. Ribbon Reef, Great Barrier Reef (Australia)

The Great Barrier Reef of Australia is one of those destinations that are always in the mind of any diver but as is very remote for the most part of divers (and nothing cheap) we tend to delay the day we dive there. This coral system, vital for the health of the world's oceans, is undoubtedly one of the places with the greatest biodiversity and where spectacular pelagic species gather throughout the year. In the area of Cairns we find Ribbon Reef, the most virgin and lonely reef of the Great Barrier, where during summer we can find a very special visitor: the curious minke whales that during June and July can be spotted there in their annual migration. You can also dive with the famous giant potato potato groupers (Epinephelus tukula), sharks, sea turtles...         

 

 

Diving the Ribbon Reefs on Australia's Great Barrier Reef from Undersea Productions

 

We have already said that it is not a cheap trip, but not that expensive neither for less than € 1,600 you can have 5 days of diving in the Great Barrier Reef with 14 dives and liveaboards from just 1,100 €.

 

 

7. Guadalupe (Mexico)

If one of your dreams is to meet face to face with great white sharks, Guadalupe is your destination and summer your time of the year. Only from June to October you can take part in these special expeditions in the Mexican Pacific, focused on submerging yourself in a cage 15 meters deep and seeing different white sharks approach and play with your cage. An experience more than exciting only suitable for the true lovers of this beautiful predator.

 

GUADALUPE from Erick Higuera

 

The only way to dive with white sharks in Guadalupe is trought liveaboards from about 2,000 € per person and we recommend to book your spot with at least 5 months in advance.

 

 

8. Sipadan (Malasia)

Sipadan, an island of Malaysia located in the Sea of Celebes, is a place with the perfect mix of macro and pelagic diving where you can dive all year round but precisely during the months of July and August the conditions are much better. It is an easy diving area, very suitable for beginners, with perfect surface conditions, without waves or currents in the bottom and where you can find extraordinary visibility, up to 40 meters in many areas.

 

During the summer you will dive with lots of green and hawksbill turtles and you will find huge schools of horse mackerel and other carangids, barracudas, groups of impressive bumphead parrotfish, white tip sharks, tuna almost two meters long, humphead wrasse...

 

Sipadan '17 from Kenneth Tan

 

9. Sardine Run (South Africa)

The Sardine Run is a unique event in nature, one of the largest migrations on the planet that brings together some of the biggest predators on earth, from blue whales to dolphins, various species of sharks and seabirds, all of them ready to end with a gigantic ball of sardines. This show, perfectly visible from the air and that can be as big as 7 km long, 1.5 km wide and 30 meters deep, takes place from May to the end of June, when the little that remains of the school of sardines makes its way to the Indian Ocean.

 

It is a hard trip, suitable only for experts with several dives, which is done on dhingys chasing the school of sardines to where the cormorants, cetaceans and big fish mark the entry point. Yes, it is a hard trip, but few diving trips can gather that many huge predators.

 

 

10. Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico)

There are several reasons to dive in the Yucatan Peninsula during summer; first, it is low season so the accommodation is chepaer. In addition, from June to September is when hundreds of whale sharks arrive to Isla Mujeres and Holbox, with which you can snorkel. As if that were not enough, during summer is when loggerhead turtles arrive to spawn in Playa del Carmen and, finally, the lights of the Cenotes in summer are more intense, increasing the beauty of this unique diving in the whole world.

 

 


 

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Los 10 mejores destinos de buceo en verano (parte I)



 

Buceo en Azores

 

Imagen cortesía ©James R.D. Scott

 

Whether because we have to or simply because it is the time of year that we like the most, we usually (especially in the northern hemisphere) take a large part of our summer vacation, mainly July and August. It is true that it is a trend that is changing but we know well, because of the many requests we receive for trips in August, both individual and group quotes, that many divers decide to make their expected annual diving trip during these months. We tend to believe that between monsoons in the Indian Ocean and heavy rains in Asia or extreme heat in such popular areas as the Red Sea, the options are few... but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, summer it is the best time to dive in some of the best destinations in the world!

These 5 destinations are the first part of "The best diving destinations in summer" post:

 

1. Galapagos (Ecuador)

Yes, we know that any time is good for diving in Galapagos, we get it. But if want to dive with the biggest whale sharks in the ocean, it is from June on when you have to consider your scuba diving trip to Galapagos.

 

In Galapagos we have two diving seasons, the wet and the dry. During the dry season, more or less from June to December, the Humbolt current runs from the Antarctic bringing cooler water but loaded with nutrients and plankton passing directly through Galapagos Islands. That's what whale sharks have known for millions of years, they go to binge and save reserves during this time.

 

Although the water temperatures are cold (between 19 and 23 ºC) and the sky may be cloudy, in summer there are more chances to find spectacular schools of hammerhead sharks. In this video you can see this glorious whale shark passing through the Galapagos during the month of July, by the way.

 

Whale shark from H. Stefan Olafsson

 

One thing we always advise is to book your diving trip to Galapagos at least 6 months in advance to find the best life boats on board and get the cheapest plane tickets.

You can find all-inclusive diving trips to Galapagos by diving travel agencies from around € 6,000. You can also organize flights on your own and book online your liveaboard in Galapagos PADI website from only € 3,700. No, it is not a cheap destination, but it is the best place in the world to dive with big fish!

 

 

2. Azores (Portugal)

Azores is a near destination (for Europeans, of course), budget and exciting, able to offer diving with blue or mako sharks, mobulas and the possibility of interesting excursions, both on land and sea in search of cetaceans. Also you can take with you your family or non-divers companions as there are many interesting things to do for them.

 

Summer, it is the only time of the year in which diving can be done in good conditions in Azores. From June to October will be when diving centers (here there is only one liveaboard in Azores) will take you to the seamounts of Princess Alice, Condor Bank or Dollabarat to dive with sharks and jacks near the island of Faial, or take you from Santa Maria in search of the mobulas. And if you are very, very lucky you will have the opportunity to spot whale sharks followed by large schools of tunas.

 

/DIVING/ The Azores from salt motion

 

There are several agencies with which we collaborate that are offering diving trips to both Faial and Santa Maria for about € 1,300 per person final price.

 

3. Komodo (Indonesia)

Although we can consider April as the best time to dive in Komodo, just after the rainy season, during the summer months, from June to August, there is a greater concentration of plankton in Komodo which attracts manta rays and dight dives are even more spectacular. The night dives in Komodo are specially beautiful this time of the year, when your torch will reveal how the waters of Komodo, especially in the south, become a soup loaded with microscopic animals that feed the ocean. Macro diving during summer time is very interesting in Komodo with lots of amazing critters like frog fish, flamboyant cuttlefish, orangutan crabs...

 

In summer the visibility is reduced slightly by that amount of food and the currents, already strong in Komodo anytime of the year, intensify, but the experience of diving with dozens of huge manta rays in areas such as Manta Alley is priceless. During the summer months the rain is almost non-existent which also allows to make super interesting excursions to, among other places, the National Park to visit the Komodo dragons.

 

Komodo June 2017 with Mermaid I (part 1) from Johan Nurminen

 

In Komodo you can find many liveaboards in many different routes. We have dived Komodo in the Mermaid II and is highly recommended.

4. Bali (Indonesia)

Following with Indonesia, ideal country as you see to dive in summer (the Lembeh Strait is also a good option), Bali is another perfect destination to include in this article, especially if you look for destination for August.

 

Very suitable for those who prefer to dive from shore, stay in a resort and avoid liveaboards, Bali is one of those places where you can dive all year round but where the best conditions are from April to August. During the dry season in areas such as Tulamben, where lies one of the best wrecks in the world, the USAT Liberty, in summer you can have up to 40 meters of visibility and in Bali it is at this time of the year when you can find more pelagic creatures find such as manta rays, sharks and the famous giant sunfish in diving spots around Bali like Crystal Bay.

 

Sunfish (Mola Mola) at Crystal Bay in Nusa Penida (Bali - Indonesia) from Antonio Barzaghi

 

5. Cocos Island (Costa Rica)

Unlike in Galapagos, summer is the wet season in Cocos Island and its waters are also more loaded with nutrients than usual, attracting manta rays and the largest schools of hammerhead sharks that you can find throughout the year. Also dolphins, white tip sharks and whale sharks can be spotted in summer although in smaller size and quantity than in Galapagos.

 

The water is quite cold at this time, the visibility is somewhat worse (especially in July and August) but mainly because of the large amount of nutrients that call the largest pelagic creatures of the ocean. Sea conditions for navigation can be somewhat heavy at this time but the reward is extraordinary as you can see here: 

 

Berkley White - Cocos - One Dive, Two Hundred Hammerhead Sharks from Backscatter

 

As it happens in Galapagos, it is a very demanded destination and the liveaboards of Cocos are usually fully booked months before departure, here you can see availability of liveaboards in Cocos in the coming months.

 


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