Benitachell - Diving and snorkel

 
 
 
 

Submarine route Cala Moraig (snorkel)

Difficulty: Low
The well-known Cala del Moraig has a breakwater below the parking area made up of large-caliber stone blocks that were thrown to stop the strong storms that usually hit this part of the coast during the winter. And furthermore, they have become an excellent refuge for many species that find a place to reproduce and protect themselves from predators in the infinite holes in the rocks.

The suggested route would start from the end of the car park, from the very beginning of the beach where a large rock juts out into the sea. From here we can jump off and start a journey that will take us parallel to the breakwater towards the arches of the Cova dels Arcs.

The bottom, as we say, is rocky and alternates depths that, from the surface, reach up to just over -7 meters, where the rock gives way to a white sandbank. The interesting thing is to fly over the rocks looking for the depth that allows us to enjoy the vision of the abundant fauna that we will find such as schools of bream and mojarras, solitary thrushes or serranos and the always colorful fredis that swarm before the discovery of food like some unprotected hedgehog of the many that cover these rocks. It will not be strange either the fleeting vision of some larger caliber fish such as sea bream or sea bass that attract fishermen so much that they bet here with their rod to obtain such a precious trophy. That is why we must be careful to check that there are no lines to hook us.

When we reach the southern end of the breakwater, where the rocky blocks disappear and the submerged wall of the Cova dels Arcs begins, we can reverse course, it is not advisable to cross the wall that leads us into the cave because it is very shallow and we could rub with our body. It is better to return to the point of origin recognizing the jetty again at a different level and continue enjoying this relaxing water ride.

Features Type: Snorkel
Level: */low

Submarine route Cala Llebeig (snorkel)

Difficulty: Low
Between the terms of Teulada-Moraira and El Poble Nou de Benitatxell is one of the most beautiful coves with the greatest character of the entire Costa Blanca coastline and which can only be accessed either by sea, by boat, or on foot. through paths that, starting from the Moraig area in El Poble Nou de Benitatxell or from the Barranc de la Viuda in Teulada-Moraira, lead us along really charming paths that make the mere fact of walking them pleasant.
< br/> And reaching the cove and finding that picturesque setting of tranquility and relaxing exclusivity, with the tiny huts that served as a refuge for fishermen and that now offer shade to the visitor is exciting, as is diving and discovering seabeds that are usually transparent and overflowing with life.

Cala Llebeig has an E/SE orientation so it is exposed to Levante winds, but if this orientation does not blow we will find it calm. It is best to enter from the right side, where there is a small coastal strip of gravel, since the rest is more or less large stone, although we can really leave what we are carrying anywhere and jump into the water. We will find that the bottom is initially formed by rock bowls, boulders of considerable size that as we advance give way to platforms of whitish and polished rock, very bright. The ideal is to head towards the islet that can be seen at the southern end of the cove and to get there we will also cross a hard bottom covered with brown algae that sometimes give way to rocks of considerable size and sparkling sandbanks, which remain as gorges between walls. of rock.

Next to the islet we find another submerged one, with its vertex a little more than half a meter of water, and that falls to -4mts. It is interesting, if the sea is calm, to pass between the two, in a kind of gorge about 10 meters long. Then we can go around the big islet and we will see a meadow of leafy Posidonia oceanica and further on a shallow pass next to the tip of the cove. Here the rocks and the thousand holes and hiding places that the abundant marine life colonizes reappear. There will be regular encounters with obladas, mabras, sargos, salps, castanets and other small fish that sometimes move fast as lightning when predators such as sea bream or sea bass make their appearance, patrolling these waters.

Features Type: Snorkel
Level: */low
Access: beach
Maximum depth: -6 m
Approximate duration: 40 minutes

Submarine route Cala Testos (snorkel)

Difficulty: Low/Medium
La Cala dels Testos is one of the most reserved corners of the Costa Blanca that can only be accessed through the Barranc de l'Infern, following an exciting path (Ruta dels Testos) with notes of adventure in which there are sections in those that have to be lowered with ropes, or by sea, covering a distance of about 400 meters from Cala del Moraig. If we opt for this modality we will enjoy it, especially if we do it sailing with a canoe, recreating ourselves with the contemplation of the strong character of this coastline.

The cove faces south and is covered with pebbles. The seabed, in very good condition, alternates rocky block areas upholstered in stretches of small brown algae, with white sandbanks and with the notable presence of areas of leafy Posidonia, the largest generator of oxygen in our environment that it obtains from this plant. underwater an amount 10 times greater than its equivalent in terrestrial forest surface.

The route passes by approaching the wall of the cove and following its edge, gradually separating ourselves from it and observing the large stones that dot the bottom and that provide refuge in their hollows for species such as the octopus, always so secretive and difficult to observe by his mastery of camouflage. The breams patrol incessantly among the hard bottoms while schools of salps graze on the Posidonia, showing off their yellow reflections.

The starfish are drops of color while the sea urchins stand out for their number, in contrast to other areas of the Marina Alta coastline where they have almost disappeared.

We will make a circle, looking for the opposite wall at the beginning, recognizing the innumerable reasons of interest that will make our visit to this privileged corner of pure Mediterranean a delight.

Features Type: Snorkel
Level: **/medium
Access: beach
Maximum depth : -6 m
Approximate duration: 40 minutes

Submarine route El Derrumbe (diving)

Dificultad: Medium/Low
From Cala del Moraig we can undertake a very interesting dive that is also usually approached from the same pool. Once in the open sea, instead of going close to the wall in search of the crypt cave, we will go parallel to it but more open, recognizing the rocks that along the route dot the landscape and that contain secrets in the form of lobsters, multitude of stars, thrushes and octopuses.

Towards the open sea, the landscape is dominated by posidonia and sand, but we will not venture into it yet, but after a few minutes of navigation heading S/SW and leaving behind the entrance to the cave that houses the Moraig Fault, where a rock of an unmistakable shape serves as a reference, always with the wall to our right we will arrive at a valley where a multitude of large rocks stand out, overlapping each other generating in this capricious arrangement small corridors as windows through which if there is no sea in the background, we can peek out. The wall of these rocks is covered with delicate encrustations, and after entertaining ourselves with this landscape we will reverse course, opening first towards the sea and finding an area of ​​posidonia that we will cross and then a very white sandbank. Now our course will be the opposite of the outward course, that is, E/NE.

We will have to pay close attention to the sand because it is very common for good caliber mantellinas to be found resting and therefore almost unrecognizable, which cover themselves with sand during the day waiting to catch fish and squid, as well as torpedoes or scrapie that they have electrical organs capable of generating discharges of up to 220V, so, even more so, we will refrain from disturbing them.

Then a large Posidonia meadow will appear again, which we will continue to border on its left bank, next to the sand, and which after a few minutes will take us to the buoy that stands in front of the entrance to the Moraig pool, where we begin the dive. , although if the sea is calm, we can go out through the platform that submerges a little more than a meter at the base of the arches and where we can take off our fins to walk up and end this complete immersion.

Features Type: Diving Level: */low
Access: coast
Maximum depth: -14 meters
Approximate duration: 55 minutes
Presence cave/arches
Flashlight: yes

Submarine route Racó de l'Illot (diving)

Difficulty: Medium/High
The route begins to the right of the Cala del Moraig parking platform, where we have the entrance to a cave, following some stairs. We can equip ourselves outside and fins in hand enter carefully, finding a hole or pool about 3 meters in diameter after a few meters, where the dive begins.

We drop into the mouth of the pool and descend vertically about -5 meters, to a rocky bottom that widens with respect to the entrance. From there, kneeling, we will see the only way out of the pool, where the light from the open sea comes from. We will go to the exit having to go through a narrow cat flap about 1 meter high and several meters wide. If there had been a swell in the previous days, it could be lower due to the accumulation of sand.

After traveling a short distance - about 25 meters in which we never lose the light from the exit - we reach the open sea where we follow the wall on the right, heading S. Here the bottom is dotted with rocks with abundant spots of posidonia and clearings of sand. After a journey of about 10 minutes, the wall enters the mountain, heading W, and almost certainly we find a thermocline resulting from the union of fresh and salt water.

If we ascend we will see that we are in a beautiful and large cave, inside the mountain, into which light enters through the holes it leaves in the ceiling. From here another cave begins that we should not enter because it is a long underwater river, Riu del Moraig, of great difficulty that only specially prepared divers who know the route should access.

The return will consist of following the opposite path -wall now to the left- until finding the entrance to the cat flap through which we came, ascending again through the chimney of the pool to the surface, or exiting through the beach, which is a little more forward.

Throughout the route it is possible to encounter moray eels, octopuses, thrushes and schools of sea bream and salps on a seabed of abundant and luminous posidonia.

Features Type: Diving
Level: Medium/High
Access: coast
Maximum depth: -13 meters
Approximate duration: 45 minutes
Presence cave
Flashlight: yes