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Diving in Tarifa

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When to go to Tarifa

Tarifa has a Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters, and is exceptionally windy all year long. The best diving conditions are from March to October. The rainiest period is from November to March, and there is quite a lot of rain during this wet period. The average air temperature throughout the year varies from 12C/54F in January to 22C/72F in August. The sea temperature varies from 16C/61F in February to 24C/75F in August. The visibility is good, 10-30m/32-98ft.

 

What to see

There is plenty of marine life here: colorful soft corals, anemones, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, starfish, octopi, moray eels, conger eels, scorpionfish, bream, sun fish, rays, and sea perch. 

 

Most popular dive sites

Some of the most interesting sites are the Pecio del San Andrés (for advanced divers), Puerto Fenicio (great for beginners), Morocco Point, and further near Gibraltar, the Green Beans Wreck.

Scuba diving in Tarifa

Tarifa is a small town located in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia that is also called the ‘capital of the wind’ because it is always windy there. The town is at the southernmost point of Spain and the Iberian Peninsula, so tourists can enjoy the spectacular views of the Reef Mountains of Africa across the water. Jerez Airport is located in 130 km from Tarifa. The town is especially popular among windsurfers and kite surfers because of the stiff winds. Tourists are also attracted to the 10km/6mi of white, sandy beaches, excellent tourist facilities, famous African Film Festival, and interesting historical sights such as the well-preserved Guzmán Castle, narrow streets of the Old Town, Church of St. Matthew (built in the early 16th century), and a bit further, the ruins of the Roman city of Baelo Claudia. It is a also a great place for whale and dolphin watching and for enthusiastic scuba divers. Ocean currents, often powerful, flow between the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and encourage a rich ecosystem. There is also the Isla de las Palomas Natural Park that is teeming with marine species. In these crystal-clear waters there are more than 10 different dive sites, and divers can explore reefs, wrecks, caves, walls, tunnels, and shallow platforms. It is a wonderful place for underwater photography.