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Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Diving in the Medas Islands: Salpatxot

The Salpatxot is a quiet dive located in the Meda Gran (big Meda) where you can enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the Medas Islands marine reserve, on the Costa Brava.

Highlights: the large meadow of posidonia that we find just at the beginning of the dive and the large blocks of stone (W direction) full of gorgonians and lots of life such as groupers, scorpion fish, corvina, bream, … a dive to enjoy.

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Summary:

  • Date & place: 11/09/2021 | Medas Islands, Mediterranean
  • Level: Open water
  • External & underwater conditions:Good | no currents
  • Duration, visibility & water Tª: 61 min | Medim  (12/14 m) | 22ºC
  • Max. depth & Gas: 20 meters | Nitrox 30
  • Surface time: 3h (2nd dive)

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More Detailed information and specific itineraries in our:

Basic and advanced diving guide in the Medas Islands,  coming soon!

Diving in the Medas Islands: Salpatxot

In this dive we propose a calm and easy itinerary (open water level, beginner or similar, with depths always above 20 meters) in the Medas Islands marine reserve.

Located in the northern part of the archipelago, north of the Meda Gran and in front of the Medallot, it is a good option when southerly winds blow.

Salpatxot dive itinerary

This area has two dives, ‘el Guix’ and ‘Salpatxot’. Here we explain the route for the Salpatxot, although the dive in the Guix would be very similar in terms of flora, fauna and orography of the seabed.

The areas of interest to highlight in this dive are the large meadow of posidonia that we find just at the beginning of the dive and the large blocks of stone (W direction) full of gorgonians and with lots of life such as groupers, scorpion fish, meagre, breams,… 

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

l’Estartit Marina, with the distinctive Roca Maura

After making the impressive Diving in the Medas Islands: The Dolphin Cave this morning, we set out for our second dive of the day, the Salpatxot dive.

We head to l’Estartit Marina, on the Costa Brava, where the omnipresent Roca Maura gives this small port its distinctive touch.

We grab our tank, check the equipment, get ready and get on the boat! In less than 10 minutes we are already at the dive site, north of the Meda Gran.

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Seabed of posidonia meadow with large stone blocks

We descend by the buoy chain (fixing the mooring buoy to a slab on the bottom) to -16m and we will explore the posidonia seabed, it is very nice. 

The Salpatxot is one of the few dives in the Medes Islands that enjoys a bottom of this aquatic plant, endemic to the Mediterranean.

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Brown meagres

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Grouper among the rocks and gorgonians

We continue now in the direction towards l’Estartit (W direction) to visit the big stone blocks (with a wingspan of 8 to 10 m) at a depth of 13/15 meters, with colorful gorgonians all around them, in purple, lilac and red colors. It’s fascinating! 

Exploring this beautiful and peculiar diving area of the Medas Islands, we see a lot of life such as big and calm groupers, meagres, sea bass, etc. In this dive everything seems to go slowly and calmly! We will also see schools of bream and mojarras and some dentex, sea breams and barracudas.

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Big groupers

Si nos fijamos en los huecos de las rocas veremos también todo tipo de fauna pequeña: vacas cabrillas, alfonsitos, cangrejos, peces tres colas,..

If we look in the hollows of the rocks we will also see all kinds of small fauna: painted combers, cardinalfish, crabs, swallowtail seaperch, ….

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Comber among lilac gorgonians

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Cardinalfish fish hidden in a hollow in the rocky seabed

Continuaremos explorando esta zona. Los colores de las gorgonias aquí son espectaculares y tenerlas a esta poca profundidad hace que está inmersión sea todo un lujo.  

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Detail of the gorgonians on the rocks

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Detail of the gorgonians on the rocks

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión el Salpatxot

Detail of the gorgonians on the rocks

We see many schools of mojarras passing between the gorgonian rocks, more combers, horned blenny fish perched on the rocks, we love them! 😊 

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Comber

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Horned blenny fish

También pasaremos por algún arco entre las rocas,..

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

Arch of rocks

Finally we return the same way we went. On the way back we see a fairly large jellyfish.

These white jellyfish with blue trim can be quite large but are not very dangerous. Sometimes we will see juvenile horse mackerel and bogue taking refuge under their tentacles.

They are surface-dwelling; we will find them at depths of up to 10 meters. In this case we saw it besieged by sea breams trying to eat it!

Buceo Islas Medas septiembre 2021 - Inmersión Salpatxot

White jellyfish, at the end of the dive

A calm but very complete dive, where we will have the chance to explore the beautiful seabeds of this marine reserve area full of life, ideal for photographers!

Undoubtedly Medas Islands marine reserve, is a paradise that we all must take care of and preserve.

Other possibilities

The Guix itinerary

Similar to the described itinerary, we can go to explore the area of the dive called ‘el Guix’. Simply instead of making a turn in W direction, we will do it in E direction (opposite direction to l’Estartit).

More Detailed information and specific itineraries in our:

Basic and advanced diving guide in the Medas Islands,  coming soon!

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