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Posts Tagged ‘Mediterranean’

Skin Diving – Snorkeling

I have always enjoyed skin diving. And there are some places where scuba gear simply isn’t needed. Cap Redris on the CotePADI Skin Diving, Cap Redris Vermille is one of them.

The French mediterraneanĀ marine reserve of Banyuls – Cerber is a no take zone and the results are remarkable. Overfishing has emptied much of the Med but not here. Local conservationists have set up an underwater ‘nature trail’ for snorkellers – complete with underwater information boards, helping you identify the highly coloured fish that skim past. There is plenty to see; Sea Bream, Grouper, Sea Cucumber and in large numbers.

OK, it isn’t the same as scuba diving but in the right places you can see as much life and the logistics are much simpler.

This particular site is so good, we used the snorkel to plan our next shore dive.

- Update 21 July 2011

After 4 great dives with Scuba Passion in Port Vendres, we donned our snorkeling gear for one last dip, this time within the harbour wall at Collioure. Wow! Large White Sea Bream followed me everywhere: people must feed them, loads of horned blennies, striped seabream. Well worth a plunge when the sea is too rough (and even when it isn’t).

Banyuls sur Mer

OK, so it isn’t a UK site but I’m on holiday so its being written up anyway.

This whole area is fantastic. It is where the Pyranees eventually fall into the mediterranian. So the underwater scenery is spectacular which, when added to the French attitude towards marine conservation, makes for some great diving. Read the rest of this entry »

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