Scuba diving in Tarifa
Tarifa (Isla de las Palomas) is a small town of 15.000 inhabitants in the province of Cádiz, on the most southern point of Spain where the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet together. Tarifa is also called “the capital of the wind” as it is always blowing fiercely here. A wind force of around 3-4 Beaufort is normal and sometimes it may be even higher. In Tarifa divers can expect crystal clear waters, good visibility and nice rock formations covered with corals and teeming with life. Moray eels, conger eels, octopus, scorpion fish, sun fish, nudibranchs, wrasses, rays, fork beard, bream, sea perch, gorgonian and anemones can be seen here. There are more than 10 different dive sites around the island of Tarifa. For example, Playa - La Garita, El Boquete and Puerto Fenicio are good for novice divers with the depth of around 5-10m/16-33ft. La Fortaleza, La Piscina, La Pared, Las Calles and Pecio de Las Calderas are suitable for novice and advanced divers with the depth ranging between 5-25m/16-82ft. Pecio del San Andrés, Punta Marroqui and Pecio de las Gorgonias are for advanced divers only because of deep and sometimes strong currents. The depth of these sites ranges between 24-31m/79-102ft.
When to go
The average air temperature is 30C/86F in the summer and 16C/61F in the winter. The water temperature from May to September ranges between 19-29C/67-85F and from October to April is around 14-18C/58-64F.