Go diving (or bucear as they say in Spain) in the heart of the national park of Cap de Creus in Spain just off the coast of Cadaqués. The waters surrounding the Cap de Creus peninsula are clean and transparent. The intricate coastline with its numerous cliffs, rocks, small islands, reefs, coves and bays, along with the fascinating marine depts, either rocky in composition and often reaching great dept, or sedimentary, all make for a great range and diversity of marine life.
Cadaqués is located on the Costa Brava in Catalonia, Spain, just across the border from France. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the Costa Brava, this beautiful fishing village is not yet destroyed by modern tourism and has a laid-back atmosphere with an interesting mix of artists, hippies and western holiday makers. The architecture is stunningly preserved. When not on the water, you will enjoy the sometimes steep little cobble streets, interesting shops and excellent little restaurants hidden all about this magical village.
Sotamar is located in the center of Cadaqués and offers 2 dive trips per day, in the boat Garoina. The boat carries 20 passengers at the most but is seldom full (when we went, there were only five of us). Dives are guided and courses, rental and personalized programs are also available.
When to Visit Cadaques
At the end of summer the water of the Mediterranean is the warmest but it still gets pretty cold in deeper waters. You’ll need a 6 mm wetsuit, hood and gloves to be diving comfortably all year round.
Getting to Cadaques
The nearest big airport is Barcelona from where you can rent a car or take the bus to Cadaqués which takes about an hour and a half. Another option is to drive across the border from France. Beware that the road to Cadaqués is a typical regional mountain road, very windy and steep. This is what has kept mass tourism away so far.