The coastal seabed of Jávea is one of the richest and most valuable enclaves in the Valencian Country: from the cliffs of Cap de Sant Antoni to the transparent waters of the Granadella, passing by the Calablanca, Cap Prim, Portitxol Bay, Cap Negre, Cap de la Nau, Ambolo beach and l’Illa del Descobridor, its waters have attracted the interest of many social groups. The heterogeneity of spatial and substrate types has been a key factor in the establishment of a great diversity of marine communities, among them the communities of Sciaphilic Algae with gorgonians in the Cap de Sant Antoni Marine Reserve, the Posidonia Oceanica prairies in the northern region of the Bay of Jávea, the soft bottoms of the area of ??Calablanca, the photographic alters between the Cap Prim and the Granadella, and the Sciaphilic communities present in the environs of the islands of Portitxol and l’Illa del Descobridor.
A wide range of capricious topographies that serve as refuge for many marine species, conspicuous and unknown. A Mediterranean town comparable only with regions of the Costa Brava (Catalonia), Cabo de Palos (Murcia) or the pristine islands of Eivissa and Formentera (Baleares).
So much so, that their funds are re-elected annually by the university teaching sector, professors who teach the practical side of undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to marine biology. Also, Jávea is the habitual destination of the courses of specialisation organised by the association Bioblau, sampling of benthic ecosystems, underwater photography and Nudibranchs among others, with numerous professionals displaced from Catalunya or Murcia, all of them emphasizing – unanimously – the Great beauty and diversity of the fauna and flora that lives in the waters of Jávea.
And there is still more, Jávea recently has the IROX (Institut de Recerca Oceanogràfica de Xàbia), a non-profit association for the study and protection of the coastal marine environment. In this sense, access to this rich natural heritage submerged through the sustainable practice of diving is a more than adequate conceptual framework where to make known its true value to the rest of society, regardless of their provenance or professional context.
It is forbidden to cast the anchor in this zone, so if there are no mooring buoys available it should be done as drifting or Caribbean dive. The dive in this protected area is spectacular, you will be surrounded by
Very close to St Anthony Cap, almost next to the coast, there is a small islet known as La Mona. It offers the possibility of anchoring next to it in an area in which there is 8 meters of depth.
Before arriving at the Lighthouse of St Anthony’s Cap we will find a cove in which a buoy announces the limit of the Marine Reserve. We can tie it to the boat and descend to about 16 meters deep, to
At the southern end of the Bay of Xàbia is the Cap Prim and, in front of it, an islet. We can anchor in a zone of 6 meters of depth. From here we can gain depth until we find,
The Cala Blanca is one of the few dives in Jávea that can also be done from the shore, but the best option is to arrive with boats for the comfort of the divers. We set off on the buoy
This dive is located just behind Cabo de San Martín, in a recess that makes here the terrain of the area, it’s protected from the north winds and it’s perfect for novice divers since the descent is made by the
This dive, to the north of the island, usually presents moderate or strong currents, which gives us the opportunity to find large banks of fish such as castanets, sea bream and spits. The dive begins at the east end where
We will set off on the southwest face of Portitxol Island where the depth is 8 meters. It is a dive in which, with good visibility, you can enjoy intensely the arches, backwaters and gorges of rock that we will
After the island of Portitxol in the direction of the Cap de la Nau we find a small islet, known as the Mona or Maria Claudia. In this dive we propose a circular route around it. We will anchor in
This dive is suitable for all levels and offers the possibility of seeing large numbers of fauna, such as octopus, moray eels, lobsters, king prawns, small prawns and even, sporadically, some grouper. Due to its location, under the cape, the
To the south of Cap Negre and in the direction of the Cap de la Nau is the small island of L’Escull, which is nothing more than the promontory of a completely submerged mountain. We can anchor in front of
Passing the Cap Negre and L’Escull de Sant Pere, before arriving at Punta Plana, you will find the sunken mountain, difficult to locate if the area is not well known. We will set off in 7 meters of water and
Just past the Cap de la Nau we’ll find the Discoverer Island, an enclave of simple and interesting dives. We are faced with a circular dive, which surrounds the whole island. We will get close to the narrow channel that