Ses Margalides are two small islets on Ibiza's northern coast beyond Cap Negret, if you're sailing from Sant Antoni, the nearest harbour. The only way to reach them is by boat, which provides an opportunity to see magnificent cliffs and explore hidden coves along the way.
The larger Margalides islet, which is shaped like a horseshoe, features an impressive natural arch where boats love to pass beneath. Dive down to an underwater shelf located near this islet, some 9 metres down and facing the smaller islet, and looking W locate a stepped drop which takes you down to 18 metres below the surface, keeping the rocky wall on your left. You soon come to some attractive arches that you can swim through, covered with colourful encrusting yellow anemone and colonies of Aplidium (sea squirts).
Head now towards the smaller islet, going deeper, and during this stage you come across formations made of large rocks, which you swim among enjoying the varied creatures like barracuda, schools of which ceaselessly patrol the refulgent depths. You should swim round the smaller islet, keeping it to the left, and carefully controlling your depth as the bottom here falls beyond 40 metres, and owing to the unusual transparency of these waters you might not be aware of your descent. Continue N towards the larger islet and, among enormous rocky blocks, you find the entrance to another gallery 18 metres down, with hollows in the rock that produce dazzling light effects. You now reduce depth until, after passing through the arch of the larger islet once again, you reach the stage in your dive where you can comfortably pause to take in the surroundings while getting rid of surplus nitrogen.
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Peter November 13th, 2014 - 4:53:This dive can be part of a more longer dive. Anchor in the front of the big arch and dive through the big arch - or better througt the small tunnels on the right side (8m). Keep then on the left side in ca. 12m -18m depth for a distance of ca. 100m and then dive throught the big UW-arche. Then turn left and dive along the outer wall. On the way to the S you will find a small and narrow cave, leading deeper into the rock. Do not enter the cave without cave diving equipment! Go ahead in direction S until you reach the caves shown in the map above. Decompression is save on the ridge close to the anchor place. The dive will take about 60 minutes or longer and a 2x7 or 15l tank is recommended. There are minimum 3 other dive routes, leading you to very interesting places in diffent depths. Best time for diving 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ... in spring and autumn when the water is crystal clear and the views are spectacular. Enjoy it! P.N.