Tarifa is a city in the south of Spain, in the province of Cádiz. Here the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean come together, encouraging a rich ecosystem. A diving permit is obligatory in Spanish waters, so also in Tarifa. Classes to get a permit cost approximately 7 euros and are available at different clubs and schools in the city.
In Tarfia you can dive in the natural park of the Isla de las Palomas. Here you will find an abundant selection of marine life: moray eels, conger eels, octopus, scorpion fish, sun fish, nudibranchis, wrasses, rays, fork beard, bream, sea perch, gorgonian, anemones and more. The visibility underwater is always good. The water temperature is between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius summer and winter.
Besides seeing all the beautiful fish, more advanced divers can have an unique experience in Tarifa: A wreck dive! This is a dive to a paddle steamship made of steel, which sank in 1856 during a storm. Although its official name is el Miño, it is more commonly known among divers as El San Andres. Just parts of the wreck are left. Most astonishing are the stern and the paddle wheels. Turtles and Sunfish are regular visitors to the site that is now exploding with life of all varieties.