Despite its reputation, Ibiza isn’t just a party island. With crystal clear waters, an abundance of marine life and over 200km of coastline, it can also make a great destination for those interested in scuba diving.
Whether you’re an expert or giving it a go for the first time, there are many excellent and fully qualified diving schools located around the island, offering plenty of options to suit your ability. Here’s the low-down on what a few of them provide.
A group of scuba divers preparing to enter the water
Phoenix Dive Centre
Located in Delfin Playa, not far from Cala Comte, the Phoenix Diving Centre offers trips to over 100 dive sites. One of its specialities is a Land Rover trip to Es Vedra, followed by an exploration of the west coast. If you want to try scuba diving in a more relaxed environment, you can sample a free ‘try dive’ in the pool to give you an insight into what the real thing might be like. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses are also available, covering everything from rescue diving techniques to cave and wreck diving.
Arenal Diving Centre
The Arenal Diving Centre is situated right in the middle of San Antonio beach, ideally placed for reaching the many diving spots on the west coast. It’s just a few minutes by boat from the National Park of Cala D’ort and the island of Conejera, where there are over 30 diving sites. Trips to nearby shipwrecks, caves and caverns are also available, as well as a full itinerary of PADI training.
Ibiza Diving Centre
Ibiza Diving Centre is close to the beach in San Antonio, and only 15 minutes away from the island of Ses Margalides by boat. Here, divers can drop to 18 metres below the surface to discover the attractive underwater arches and surrounding colonies of sea squirts. The waters near Ses Margalides are unusually transparent, giving excellent visibility. A few of the courses offered include open water diving, emergency first response, and adventure diving.
A scuba diver in action
Scuba Ibiza Diving Centre
Scuba Ibiza Diving Centre offers a multilingual service in 7 languages. It is also one of only a handful of schools on the island that are authorised to run excursions to the famous Don Pedro, the biggest shipwreck in Europe which is within recreational diving limits. The merchant ship collided with the small island of Es Dau Gros in July 2007, and was opened for divers to explore a year later. It now has a healthy covering of undersea vegetation and is home to a myriad of marine life, making it a must-see for keen scuba divers. For this trip, some basic diving qualifications are needed.
At the Scuba Ibiza Diving Centre, you can also take a course in underwater digital photography, which is a valuable string to add to any diver’s bow. This school is located in Marina Botafoch, in the harbour area of Ibiza Town.
These scuba diving schools in Ibiza provide services to suit any diver, regardless of skill level and experience. Do remember that the PADI courses are recognised worldwide, so if you decide to expand your expertise while on the White Isle, you’ll be able to put your learning into practice wherever you decide to go next.
There are many cheap deals to Ibiza available, so make you sure you shop around before spending your cash! If you’d rather go it alone, most schools will allow you to borrow their equipment, but you’ll need to show evidence of your diving qualifications. Though most schools are reputable and the industry is heavily regulated, you should always ask to see proof of your instructor’s training and expertise before booking any dives.
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