Mallorca is the perfect place to organize your summer holidays. There are thousands of activities and places to discover on the island of Mallorca. In this way you will be able to know the amount of wonders it hides. Apart from the well-known beaches of Mallorca, it can be known through excursions, climbing and cycling. Or for those more adventurous, discovering scuba diving in Mallorca.
The Balearic Islands consist of 8 natural parks, 2 nature reserves and 2 natural monuments. Most of these places are located on the larger island. Therefore, if you are planning your Majorca holidays and you don’t know where to start, we recommend that you take a diving excursion in Majorca in some of the following natural parks and marine reserves.
Isla Dragonera was established as a natural park in 1995, to the west of Mallorca and just 800 meters from the coast of Andratx. It is an archipelago made up of Dragonera, the largest island of all. This archipelago consists of around 275 hectares, 2 smaller islets known as Mitjana and Pantaleu and, finally, with a small group of islands called els Calafats.
To get to the island Dragonera can be accessed by organized boats or directly with diving schools. You can leave from the port of Andratx or from the closest point that is Sant Elmo.
The seabed that makes up this entire coast is a paradise for anyone who likes nature and the sea. As it contains a rocky bottom and the usual crystalline waters of Mallorca, it is simply an ecological treasure.
You can also find beautiful caves, with air bubbles inside, in much of the island. They can be accessed and enjoyed during your diving excursion to the island of Dragonera.
In turn, and to rest from diving, excursions can be made in Dragonera. This excursion will take you to the end of the island, where the first lighthouse built on it is located. From this point you can see wonderful views of cliffs, the sea and the well-known Serra de Tramuntana.
Cabrera is a natural park that has a large land area, with almost 1,400 protected hectares, and a maritime part, with around 90,000 hectares. It is made up of the island of Cabrera, a smaller one called illa des Conills, and 15 smaller islets around them.
It is located in the south of Mallorca, with the Colonia de Sant Jordi as its closest point. The boats that will allow you to make your diving excursions in Cabrera set sail from this town.
In the dives you do in the Cabrera Sea you will find a multitude of different species. From fish to other marine animals such as mollusks and cetaceans. Clear examples are sea bream, sea bass, rays, nacras and even sea turtles. All this lives surrounded by the popular posidonia, called the lung of the Mediterranean.
As it contains so much marine diversity, fishing is prohibited and altering the marine and terrestrial ecosystem to protect it and allow it to follow its natural course.
There are several places where you can dive in Cabrera, but there is a very special one: the blue cave. It is a cave in Cabrera that at sunset, when sunlight enters, dyes the cave a spectacular intense blue color. Inside this you can see a variety of marine animals and also go deep until you find other small caves inside.
El Toro was declared a marine reserve in 2004. This was due to the number of different marine species and due to the great diversity that exists in this territory. It ranges from Clot del Moro to Cala Refeubetx.
It is located in the urban town of Santa Ponsa and can be accessed from the Port
Adriano or from the Santa Ponsa Yacht Club, these being the closest ports to the Toro Marine Reserve.
It is a very popular place for divers from all over the world. In El Toro you can find a variety of fish in a very special habitat. Fish such as amberjacks, moray eels, groupers, and barracudas. In turn, you will find other marine animals such as octopuses, mollusks and nudibranchs.
The dives at this point of the island are viable for all types of divers, from novice to experienced. But if you still do not dare to dive in Mallorca, it is the ideal place to snorkel, due to the cliffs that are created between the sea and the land of the island of Toro.
The Malgrats Islands
The Malgrats Islands is an archipelago made up of a larger island called Malgrat and 3 smaller ones known as Conills, Rates or d’Enmig. This area was declared a marine reserve in 2004, like El Toro. Since then its marine life has increased dramatically, making this place even more valuable.
Also due to being a nature reserve fishing is restricted. Like the anchorage by all kinds of boats, due to the protection of the well-known posidonia, from the Mediterranean Sea.
It is located in the municipality of Calviá and can be reached from the Santa Ponsa Yacht Club and from Port Adriano. From these places you can access up to 5 dive sites in the Malgrats Islands.
This place has a very special diving section due to the fact that a 133 meter Balearic frigate was sunk a few meters from the Malgrats Islands. It is located 400 meters deep and has since become an artificial reef. But, thanks to it, marine life has been enhanced and it serves as a home for all the marine animals in the area. In this way it is also beneficial to conserve natural reefs, and to keep marine life growing.
As you may have seen, all these places are very close to our hotel in Mallorca Holiday Center. Therefore, if you are looking for a place to stay and enjoy diving: Holiday Center is your ideal hotel. At our aparthotel in Mallorca we want you to enjoy the island of Mallorca and, in turn, the moment of tranquility when you arrive at the hotel after a wonderful day discovering the Mallorca. So if you are thinking of booking your holidays in Mallorca and wanting to dive, book now at Holiday Center for a wonderful experience. We will wait for you!