Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, with high peaks and lush valleys in the interior
cobalt-blue Balearic sea
Diving in Mallorca is as varied as its geography and it is possible to find sites that suit every level, from novice to tekkie: there are wrecks, deep walls, caves and pinnacles. As with the other Balearic Islands, water clarity is generally very good, with 40m visibility possible during the summer. As for marine life, you get the typical Mediterranean array – grouper, bream, branching corals, slipper lobsters and, of course, octopus. One of the best places to find these creatures is the Cabrera archipelago.
Mallorca is a fine destination for anyone in search of varied dives with good visibility, beautiful Mediterranean landscapes and culture, and a thriving nightlife scene.
Cabrera is the biggest island of the eponymous archipelago in the south of Mallorca. Declared a nature reserve in 1991, it is one of the largest protected marine areas in Spain, although diving is only allowed in two specific areas. The best dive site is Cap Llebeig, located on the west side of the island. The dive takes place on the south side of the cape, with vertical cliffs plunging into the blue water. It’s a multi-level dive, with some spectacular Mediterranean groupers and schooling fish.
Na Foradada is a spectacular promontory that projects into the sea near Deià on the east coast. The easiest way to get there is by boat from Sóller, located a few kilometres north and the only village with a harbour along this coast. This singular rock is full of tunnels at depths of 10–21m, while fish life is abundant in the rocks that descend to 38m. You can count on seeing damselfish, toothed bream, saupe, great colonies of bryozoans, and even grouper and barracuda.
Located off the recreational port of Port Adriano in the southeast of Mallorca, this island was declared a marine reserve in 2003. On its eastern side is a shallow platform that is perfect for beginners, and there are deeper ledges suitable for other levels of experience. At the base of the wall, you’ll find piles of rocks at 16–22m – a fine hunting ground for conger and moray eels.
Mallorca is so big that weather conditions can differ depending on where you are on the island. The optimum season for divers is from May to the end of October. During this period the air temperature fluctuates between 20°C and 32°C or higher, rain is rare and the water temperature is between 18°C in May and 25°C or more in August. Visibility is good all year around and sea life is more abundant at the beginning of summer or in September and October.
Mallorca is a popular destination for family holidaymakers, and direct flights from the UK should take a little less than three hours. You can book a package holiday with one of the high-street travel agents, or pick a dive centre first and ask for their advice on accommodation. For those travelling with their own car, many ferries connect Barcelona or Denia (near Alicante) with Palma de Mallorca every day.