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The desert is named after the large areas of black volcanic sand you will find while diving here.
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The desert is a dive site located to the northeast of the maritime Restinga Fishing Reserve inside of Mar de Las Calmas. The boat is anchored approximately 200 meter from the shore line. At a depth of 10 meters where there is an abundance of sea weed and rocks you will find large patches of black volcanic sand. To the south there is a barrier parallel to the coast which drops down to 45 meters where caves and crevices can be found.
Marine life regularly spotted here are wrasse, a large colony of garden eels, wide-eye flounders, brown lizardfish and stingrays that feed upon fish such as almaco jacks, comb groups and dusky groupers.
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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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