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Through an opening in the reef or archway, referred to a chimney, you can enter a nice cavern.

Name Dive Site:Chimenea or Chimney
Depth: 12-35m (39-114ft)
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La Chimenea or the Chimney is a dive site 700 meters from the coast, 15 minutes by boat west of Puerto de la Cruz, on the same ridge as The Cathedral. There are two routes to dive here. The first, for divers of little experience, skims the surface of the ridge at 22 meters depth, exploring its several orifices which lead to volcanic caves. The second route is recommended for experienced divers only as depths of over 30 meters are reached. We must look for a hole that takes us through an archway to a cavernous opening in the ridge. Here the seabed is 35 meters deep, red and yellow sea fans growing in the sand that covers it.

Impressive structures have been formed here from lava, and as they have been covered by water we are able to explore them as if we were flying, especially on days of good visibility. A rocky ridge at 20 meters depth falls perpendicularly to 35 meters. Caverns open up into the wall of the ridge, and can be exited by large openings in their roofs. We find the same species here as at The Cathedral; parrot fish, rainbow wrasse, Turkish wrasse, morays, glasseyes and arrow crabs among the rocks, and we can also see white bream, almaco jacks, guelly jacks, etc. swimming freely.



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