Scuba Diving Mallorca

Scuba Diving Mallorca: All You Need To Know

Another much loved European getaway destination, like Tenerife and Lanzarote, Mallorca is well known for its white-sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters. There’s also plenty in the way of entertainment including a thriving nightlife and an abundance of restaurants and bars.

Part of the Balaeric Islands, Mallorca is set upon the crystal clear blue waters of the Mediterranean and offers visitors a blissful world of sun-drenched relaxation and entertainment. Known for its reliable summer weather, Mallorca is also full of character with old hillside towns and lush green mountains.

Thanks to its location in the Balaeric Islands, Mallorca also has some excellent opportunities for scuba divers! Scuba diving Mallorca promises unique experiences of diving amongst captivating underwater landscapes of volcanic rock.

Scuba Diving Mallorca

Situated within the Balearic Islands, Mallorca grants easy access to the best of the Mediterranean diving experience. With over 80 dive sites on offer around the Balaerics, you’ll never run out of things to discover.

The amazing crystal clear waters here are littered with captivating shipwrecks and dramatic underwater landscapes of caves and caverns! You’ll also explore interesting limestone cliffs and boulders to further supplement your adventure.

These waters also make for comfortable conditions, with warm blue water and great visibility, making it a great option for divers of all abilities!

Mallorca Scuba Certification

Scuba Certification

There is no requirement to be certified to scuba dive in Mallorca. While there are some dives catered to the more confident and experienced, there are plenty of options for newbies too.

There are many tour operators that cater to those of all levels of ability, no problem for beginner divers. Thanks to the vastly different conditions and diverse range of dive sites available, there are plenty of beginner-friendly and easily accessible dive sites to get your flippers wet for the first time.

It’s always recommended to get scuba certified to give yourself the best, most enjoyable diving experience possible. While you’ll have a great time scuba diving Mallorca as a first-time diver, there’s a lot you can miss out on without the extra confidence and diving experience, such as the more challenging caves and wrecks.

If you’re looking to get scuba certified during your trip to Mallorca, check out our recommended Open Water Diving course below!

In addition, becoming scuba certified will help you feel more comfortable and confident underwater. This leads to maximum enjoyment and safety from your diving experience and something worth considering.

Mallorca Scuba Diving Requirements

Scuba Diving Safety

It is a legal requirement to hold insurance that has coverage for treatment in a decompression chamber in order to dive in the Balaeric Islands.

As always, tour operators state that you must be in good physical condition and have some swimming ability. Children must be at least 8 years old to scuba dive with a tour operator. You may be required to complete a medical form to confirm your eligibility to dive.

With that said, it’s always highly recommended to have a dive buddy when you’re out scuba diving in Mallorca, as it is anywhere else. This is particularly the case if you’re out diving without a tour operator or guide. In this situation, it’s also good practice to make use of diver down flags.

Best Dive Sites in Mallorca

Situated in the Mediterranean and the largest of the Balaeric Islands, Mallorca has a pleasant climate with warm sunny summers and mild winters. It’s not only the conditions that make diving in Mallorca great though, here are some of our favorite dive sites.

Bay of Palma

Mallorca Dive

Palma Wreck (Dique del Oeste)

This artificial reef has the 4 largest wrecks around the island at a depth of 28 meters. One of the wrecks is 40 meters long and still standing upright. This site has visibility of 10-20 meters and is suitable for experienced divers. 

You can explore in and around the wrecks where there is an abundance of barracuda and damselfish, as well as colorful nudibranch. It’s a boat dive with a blue-water descent. A really nice little dive site.

Isla del Sec

This is my favorite dive site in the Bay of Palma having the option of 3 dives for different experience levels, with a minimum depth of 7 meters to a max of 30 meters.

There are 2 fishing boat wrecks here, one at 18 meters and the other at 30 meters.  These are home to a myriad of marine wonders such as cuttlefish, octopus, morays, barracudas, black drums, salemas and plenty of grouper.

Palma Caves; Illetas

Also, around the bay, you have the wonderful Palma Caves with a max depth of 16 meters along with the pretty Playa de Illetas where you can shore-dive and have a lay in the lovely hot sun afterward.

If this sounds ideal to you, be sure to check out our recommended diving package experience below!

Island of Malgrats, Santa Ponsa

Underwater Coral

Heading just around the western tip of Palma Bay, you will find Santa Ponsa and just off-shore the protected reserve of the Malgrats. From Piscina Malgrat, a 3-meter turquoise natural pool, to a 35-meter drop-off at the island’s point, this dive site has something special for all levels.

Here you can watch seahorses, sea cows, cuttlefish, shoals of grouper alongside moray eels, and the magnificent scorpionfish.  Also, angelfish, red starfish, and freckled catsharks can be found here.

If you’re heading to Mallorca and looking to get your first taste of scuba diving, this unique dive will definitely make lasting memories, check out our recommended diving package below!

Cabrera Island

Mallorca Diving

This island is 10kms off-shore from Colonia San Jordi, around the eastern point of Palma bay. It is a highly protected area, with meadows of posidonia oceanica seagrass, making it a diver’s paradise! There are several dive sites around this island, but my favorite one has to be Llebeig Cabrera, home to over 500 species of marine life.

It has amazingly clear azure blue waters with visibility of up to 40 meters and a depth of 30 meters. This clarity allows you to see large shoals of grouper, sea bass, gilt-head bream, and maybe even the occasional tuna. Also, to be found here are octopus, sea urchins, turtles, cuttlefish, sea sponges, and many mollusks.

Best Time to go Diving in Mallorca

Mallorca is well known as a European summer getaway destination. It’s warm, sunny summers and mostly mild winters mean that Mallorca is a reliable summer diving destination. You can dive year-round if you really want to but be prepared for water temperatures below 60°F during the winter months between December-April.

Depending on the site and conditions, expect impeccable visibility often exceeding 100 feet. You can also expect water temperatures around 73-78°F in the summer months between June-October.

How Much Does Scuba Diving Cost in Mallorca?

If you’re looking at booking a dive package experience through a tour company in Mallorca, you’ll find prices between $100-$150. The prices generally include gear rental and levy’s so there are no extra fees.

In addition, a PADI Open Water Certification will set you back around $600, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Scuba Diving Gear in Mallorca

Scuba Gear

There are plenty of dive shops located in Mallorca. This means gear rental is always an option.

It’s worth noting, you’re left with one less thing to think about when going with a diving package from a guided tour operator as all equipment and gear are included.

However, buying your own gear might be ideal for you if you’re a more keen and experienced diver!

Be sure to check out our buyer’s guides if you’re looking for scuba gear. There you’ll find all of our top recommendations for a range of scuba gear.

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