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Best Diving Destinations in Menorca
Minorca (also known as Menorca, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1993) is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, located to the northeast of Mallorca, in the Mediterranean Sea. It is quieter and smaller than the neighboring islands of Mallorca and Ibiza, although it has lots of beautiful beaches, and its 216km coastline makes Minorca a highly desirable place to visit. Tourists can also enjoy the traditional summer fiestas, walk along Plaça d’es Born (Ciutadella’s main square) and along Old Ciutadella, see the Pedreres de s’Hostal, prehistoric monuments of the talaiot and the taula (Naveta d'es Tudons, Torralba d'en Salord), Fort Marlborough castle, as well as fortresses and museums. Scuba diving is a well-established activity on the island, and divers will enjoy the clearest and cleanest water around the island and easy access to a great variety of dive spots, suited for all diver levels. The marine life is very rich because there is a marine reserve on the northwestern tip of the island off the bay of Fornells. There is outstanding cavern diving here, plenty of drift dives along reefs and walls, as well as great wreck diving and some archaeological dive sites. Minorca (Menorca, Balearic Islands, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve) offers interesting terrain for divers of all experience levels.
Among the sites that are worth exploring are Pont d'en Gil, Swiss Cheese, wrecks Malakoff and Francisquita. Pont d'en Gil Cave is 220m/656ftlong, and suites only for qualified, experienced divers. This is a large cave where divers may enjoy rock formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
When to go to Menorca
Diving season in Minorca (Menorca) is possible all year-round, though the best diving conditions are from April to October. The rainiest period here is from October till March. The air temperature varies from 11C to 25C/51-77F. The water temperature averages around 26C/79F in summer and 15C/59F in winter. Crystal clear, warm blue water with visibility often about 30m/98ft.
What to see
Marine life is diverse and abundant here, and divers can spot broad Neptune grass meadows, octopuses, cuttlefish, wrasse, John Dory, huge morays and scorpionfish as well as deep-water pelagics, such as barracuda, dentex, gilthead bream and triggerfish.