diving Piedra del Hombre

This dive site can be reached by taking the AlmuƱecar / La Herradura exit from A-7 and driving through the town. Take the main road towards the beach and follow it eastwards towards Punta de La Mona. The road would continue spiraling upwards through the hill to Marina del Este, but we will take one of the first turns right to find a small sandy parking place overlooking the bay. You can see a steep path descending towards a ledge where the dive starts. You can also reach the same site from the beach if you want to avoid carrying the kit downhill and taking the 1m high plunge into the sea. There can be plenty of divers on the site so try to be early. There is much better change for the sunfish sightings for the first divers on the water. On the other hand this dive site is much better on the mid day / afternoon light as Punta de la Mona covers most of the morning light.

The typical dive plan here is to start towards SE to shortly find the three rocky formations often visible from the shore where we can start ascending to 15-18 meters and follow the wall southwards. Turn back north at 100bars and the way back there is a nice swim through to come back to the plateau. Special attention has to be taken on the entry which can be tricky as it includes over one meter jump from the rock slope. Pay attention on looking into the horizon and have your BCD well inflated as you will most likely touch the bottom. You might want to jump with holding your fins on your hand, but always remember to support your weight belt with one hand. Or naturally you can also gear up in water.

On return the exit can be taken by climbing from the north side of the entry slope which looks quite hard or by taking a little swim through on the south side of the slope. With the perfect conditions this is much easier. Deflate fully and descend to bottom before crawling through the hole and climbing up. With a bit of surf this is more complicated and perfect timing is essential.

On the way following the wall southwards you can expect see plenty of fish and typical Mediterranean marine life including variety of wrasse, sargos octopus, scorpion fish, sea star and tube worms. Remember also to look for the tiny nudibranches. On the deeper side you can find beautiful fireworks anemones and with a bit of luck a sunfish or two. When returning to the plateau while passing the entry point towards the sandy region you can find plenty of smaller wrasses, schools of salema, tres colas, damselfish and variety of gobies. Brittle stars are hiding under the rocks.

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