La Bota d'es Vedra

Ibiza, Balearic

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Dive La Bota d'es Vedra

Big Fishes Deep Wall

La Bota d'es Vedra is a submarine peak roughly 1 mile NW of Es Vedra, which rises from more than 50 metres below the surface to just a few centimetres under the water, swirling waves being the only thing to betray its presence. Because of its distance from the coastline, the area provides a good opportunity to see species passing through from the open sea, including tuna, amberjack and schools of barracuda, the latter nearly always present.

The dive is straightforward, although careful attention must be paid to prevailing currents. As the underwater peak is roughly circular, you dive down to the maximum depth desired, and proceed slowly around the island, whose S and E shelves slope more gently while those on the N and W faces are distinguished by sheer drops. You will find the rock wall richly covered with plants and hollows teeming with tiny fish, and at greater depths, spiny lobsters, slipper lobsters and the occasional grouper. The sandy white sea floor has medium-sized rocks, and facing N there is a prominent mound on the right between 25 and 35 metres down.

During the dive keep an eye out for the fleeting presence of amberjack, which feed voraciously in these depths, and gradually complete a circuit of the submarine peak, rising slowly all the time. Once close to the surface, about 10 metres down, linger to observe banks of barracuda which will almost certainly be present, patrolling not far from the surface and giving lively chase to smaller prey.

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Reviews (2)

Peter November 13th, 2014 - 5:11:
This is a fascinating place with a rock in the open sea, reaching the surface. Don´t forget to anchor your boat carefully and better leave one person on board for watching wind and waves! The fish fauna of La Bota is more pelagic than in other places and sometimes big schools of fish are circling the rock. It is astonishing that the rock offers no gorgonas. It´s a nice place for lobsters, congers, morays, molluscs, bryozoa, etc. In spring, some dolphins visit this place for hunting. Take care! P.N.
Francisco September 10th, 2012 - 21:18:
La bota d'es Vedra is a dive recommended only for experience divers (Advanced or above) due to the depth you can reach here, It's also known as "La Seca d'es Vedra" because of the short distance between the surface and the upper part of the rocky formation. You may find strong currents in here and the visibility is oftenly pretty good. You can find lobsters, conger and morey eels, as well as nudibranchs, and groupers but the most interesting marine life you can find here are schools of apeks predators and pelagic fish such as snappers, tunas and barracudas. If you love to see something different beyond shore dives this is the dive site you really wanted to go. Some dive centers, like Ibiza dives, go there for a day trip doing La Aguja and La Bota d'es Vedra. Check it out!!

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