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El Bajon is the most eastern located dive site in Mar de Las Calmas; deep, steep, rich and diverse.
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Outside the harbor the seabed becomes steep very quickly. While places off La Palma are steep, off El Hierro the drop-offs are vertical. Only a few hundred meters from the coast is the legendary El Bajon, exposed to strong currents and deep. Theoretically you can see the complete Atlantic fauna swimming by; you just need a bit of luck. You can certainly see fish in great numbers at this spectacular dive site, which is probably one of the most popular of El Hierro.
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Diveshop- Arrecifal Dive Centre, C/ La Orchilla, 30, La Restinga
Arrecifal Dive Centre
We offer high quality diving instruction and daily boat departures to some of the most beautiful dive sites in Europe. We specialise in tailored packages for individuals and groups that include: diving, accommodation and car rental.From our Dive Centre in La Restinga, located on the southern tip of El Hierro, we dive more than 20 dive sites less than 15 minutes by boat. The Mar de las Calmas Marine Reserve is protected from the prevailing winds and is perfect for year round diving with visibility as much as 40m at times and rarely less than 20m. The area also gets the least rain and most sun in El Hierro. The underwater landscape was formed by volcanic activity and very close to shore the bottom drops to more than 300m. The seabed is covered in rocky formations such as pinnacles, big drop off's, caves and tunnels. The dense vegetation on the rocks gives rise to a large diversity of life. On the bottom and hidden in the many cracks and crevasses you will find Lobsters, Shrimp, Seahorses, Black and Yellow Corals, Anemones and Sponges. Swimming in the crystal clear waters you will see Tuna, Parrotfish, Groupers, Flatfish, Perches, Angel Sharks, Octopus, Sting Rays and many species of Moray Eels. Seasonal visitors to the area include Sand Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Dolphins and Turtles.
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El Bahon probably the signature dive of La Restinga some 3mins boatride from the harbour. El Bahon is easiest described as two rock pinnacles with the top of the pinnacle at about 10m. The pinnacle is interconnected with a shelf running between the two at about 20m. One side drops to about 40m the other side to about 80m+. Home to Grouper and Chopas which will come in en mass to graze of the plant growth.
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