The Caves of Atalaia

Algarve, Portugal

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The Cathedral - A wide entrance, open at low tide on the surface, leads us into a huge cave, the ceiling about 15m above the water surface. Even on the surface we see fantastic formations of stalactites and stalagmites, the water surface is illuminated with diffuse natural light from the cave entrance. The entrance is on the ground 14m deep, the bottom slowly gets shallower when we go further in and we have always visual contact and some natural light from the entrance. Using the dive light, we explore the interior of the cavern and find some marine life they prefer the different habitat with less light like enormous ceriantos, anemones buried, sponges, ophiuroids, crabs, lobsters, etc.

Segredo - A wide natural tunnel witch connects one side to the other. We float past the gardens of gorgonia (soft coral) and be surprised by a yellow hard coral "bonsai" that normally could be found only in greater depth.

Swiss Cheese - Like an old cheese, on the rock we find various entrances and exits. Spectacular cave with various passages and holes, a play of natural light and shadow. We can meet corals, spider crabs, lobsters, shrimp, octopus, squid and cuttlefish.

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