Above and Below the World

Dive at Llafranc: Llosa Cala Nova

Summary:

  • Date & place: 04/07/2020 | Llafranc, Mediterran sea
  • Level: Open water (18m max)/Advanced
  • External & underwater conditions: wavy sea | Good, without currents
  • Duration, visibility & water Tª: 50 min | Poor (5 m) | 21 ºC
  • Max. depth & Gas: 30 metros | Nitrox 32
  • Surface time:  –  (1st dive)

Activity type:

Categoria de buceo - diving activity

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Location:

Llafranc, a small town located on the Costa Brava of Catalonia, is less known than Illes Medes for diving, but diving in this area will surprise us with a lot of life and marine landscapes with spectacular canyons and rock bottoms!

Llosa Cala Nova is located in Begur area, in front of Punta de Banch. It is a rocky platform submerged at -14m and from which there are 3 canyons oriented towards the East that reach -42m.

To get there by boat from Llafranc, it will take about 25 minutes of sailing north.

First dive of 2020 summer season!

After few weeks of confinement, it already seems that things are improving and some ‘normality’ begins again. However protocols need to be followed and we have to wear the masks on until just the moment we jump into the water.

We will do 2 dives in the morning in a row, and we will have our own lunch at the same diving club ‘Snorkel’ where they have tables in the shade to use as a picnic.

In Llafranc, despite not being a protected area like the Medes Islands, it can be seen a lot of life and enjoy good dives. We will explain our experiences in these posts!

We met some friends that we had not seen for a long time and all of us headed to the boat with a lot of desire to start the diving season. Also, today, I will use the TG-6 camera (Olympus compact camera) with its Olympus housing for the first time.

On the boat, towards the dive point Cala Llosa I

At 10:00 a.m. we start the 25-minute boat trip. However there are quite a lot of waves and the water splashes, so we had some movement on the trip.

The dive will consist of going down the ship’s chain to the eastern edge of the rocky platform at -14 meters. From here we will continue through one of the canyons facing east. In our case we will start with the canyon that is further north, and descending through it to the maximum depth that we consider for our level of diving, from there we will “jump” to the next canyon that runs in parallel, to the south of the first, returning through this canyon in a westerly direction until reaching the platform where the anchored ship is located.

Serranus scriba head on 🙂

As usual in this area, the visibility is not very very good, but we can enjoy many macro life, see schools of goldfish,… which some of them will look closely at us!

Octopus in a crack

lobster poking out

We see many nudibranchs, lobsters and octopuses among the crevices of the rocks we will find on our way.

Also in this area we will enjoy landscapes of beautiful moluy gorgonies, some of them with Ofiuroideus.

Gorgonia with Ofiuroideus

Close-up to gorgonian polyps

Landscape of Cala Llosa canyons

Nice and quiet immersion where we enjoyed a lot, especially small life and beautiful landscapes.

At the end of the dive we return to the port of Llafranc, with a short pause to change the bottle and prepare for the second dive.

More information about the Snorkel Diving club:

  • On the outskirts of town, good access by car, with a large private parking lot where it is possible to park for free.
  • Equipment can be cleaned with fresh water, bathrooms and hot showers, as well as a terrace with tables and a barbecue.
  • Good facilities with changing rooms, 
  • Link to Snorkel Diving website
  • We recoomend in the area:
    • Hiking: GR92 ‘Camin de ronda’
    • Kayak and Snorkel at any nearby beach
    • Visit and eat in Calella de Palafrugell, a beautiful town in the coast nearby

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