Scuba diving in Palm Mar Cave
The misterious Palm-Mar Cave, or Cueve de Palm Mar, located about 500m/1640ft off shore, is one of the most outstanding dive sites in Tenerife. The cave is still not fully explored because no one knows how long the cave tunnel is and where it leads. Two recreational divers died while exploring the cave, and now many dive shops started to avoid penetrating deep into the cave. The entrance to the cave can be found at a depth of around 30m/98ft, where divers will be amazed by the number and a variety of moray eels coming out of every small crevice and hole in the wall. There is a large rock pillar inside the cave and the bottom is covered in silt, which can completely destroy visibility, if care is not taken not to stir up the silt.
When to go
Diving at the Palm-Mar Cave dive site is possible all year round. However, the most comfortable diving conditions are during the summer, when the average water temperature is around 24C/75F. The average water temperature in winter is 19C/66F.
What to see
The area is also known as Moray City for the large number and variety of moray eels, including tiger eels, brown eels and Mediterranean moray eels. Divers can also see octopi, lobsters, shrimp, and wrasses, and throughout their dive they will be accompanied by shoals of sea bream and zebra fish. Angel sharks, dolphins, and pilot whales are also often seen in surrounding waters.