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Montgrí Coast (Costa del Montgrí)

 Map - Dive sites Costa Brava - El Montgrí Coast

Information and Reservation

To obtain information on the planned boat dives and dive sites on the Montgrí Coast, please view our calendar. The online booking service is available.

Please call +34 872 20 15 20, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just come to the International Diving Center L'Escala!

Between small municipalities stretches a varied coastline, the Montgrí Coast, with the total length of 15.1 km and an exciting blend of beaches (5.4 km) and rocky coasts (9.7 km). If you are visiting the coast, you can enjoy fine sand beaches and shell waters ideally suitable for the whole family as well as rocky Mediterranean coast, Costa Brava. There is also a variety of small bays accessible by hiking or boat as well as many corners of peace to practice scuba diving.

You will be surprised by diving on the Costa Brava, Spain and exploring the dive sites on the Montgrí Coast!

The Montgrí Coast offers an impressive range of diving opportunities including

  • caves (with air chambers and stalactites) - Cala Viuda (d´en Kim), La Catedral (Cova de les Vetes), Cova d'en Tomàs Ras
  • tunnels, canyons, steep walls - Illa Ferriol, Illa Pedrosa, Les Cambres, Salt del Pastor, Trencabraços, Port del Rei, Cova de la Sal, Punta Milà
  • underwater cliffs, reefs, and islets - La Xinxa, Baix de Cols, el Còrrec Llarg, Puig de la Sardina
  • wrecks - El Reggio Messina, El Marmoler (Avvenire), El Constantín

The persons who do not dive can enjoy the landscapes of the Costa Brava and observe sea life while snorkeling from boat or just having a nice trip on the dive boat of the International Diving Center L'Escala.

The Montgrí-Massif is a karstic mountain formed by the fault movement from east to west. Its formation coincides with the Pyrenees formation. Due to frequent magmatic intrusions, red and brown quartz is very common here. The highest points include top Muntanya d'Ullà (308 m), Montgrí (301 m) and Montplà (310.3 m) near Torroella as well as Torre Moratxa (218 m) and Roca Maura (226 m) near L'Estartit. Between the mountain blocks are sand dunes formed by windblown coming from the Bay of Roses. These dunes were fixed at the end of the 19th century by dint of engineering structures developed by Primitiu Artigas. The Medes archipelago is a geological prolongation of the Montgrí massif.

Cala Viuda

Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Caves Cala Viuda

This is undoubtedly one of the most interesting cave systems of the Costa Brava. The dive site is of moderate difficulty for divers with some experience in this kind of dives, as there are no branches off or especially complex or narrow passageways. The maximal depth is -18 m. Dive boat anchor near the cliff. After descending, you find a broad arch and can see a large number of breams and other fish species. Following the cliff wall on the right side you find the entrance of the first cave at a depth of about -18 m, at the end of which is the first air chamber with breathable air.

Getting out of the first cave, you are near the entrance of the second one that is perhaps the most interesting place because of the diversity of marine life and the play of light caused by numerous windows in the rock. The way back to the dive boat occurs through the same arch that serves as a reference to come to the boat. Depending on your air consumption, you can visit the third cave that ends up in another air chamber.

La Catedral

Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Caves La Catedral Diving Costa Brava - Caves La Catedral - Panoramic Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a spectacular underwater cave system with stalactites and other formations. The largest air chamber that is more than 40 m long and 20 m wide, with a ceiling that rises between 6 and 12 m above the surface. The depth varies between -10 m and -23 m. 

Illa Ferriol

Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Illa Ferriol

The dive site is suitable for all diver levels and offers several routes. The recommended route for intermediate and advanced divers starts at the entrance of the tunnel crossing the big island and going to the east (depth is 18-25 m). The tunnel is very wide, so it is easy to explore. 

After passing the tunnel you dive between scattered boulders where you can see red corals, crayfishes, forkbeards, dusky sea perches, and many species of grouper at a 30-meters depth. 

A route suitable for all diver levels including beginners goes around the big island and may be continued in the direction of the small isle. Here you can see many fish species such as white bream, gilt-head sea bream, etc.

Baix de Cols

Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Baix de Cols

The dive site is suitable for all diver levels (depth varied from -12 to -25 m). By good visibility, you can see from the boat the underwater continuation of the island, which extends north. The route goes along the underwater rock in the east direction and may be continued by diving to 30-meters depth and then ascending up to -12 m where pelagic species such as dentex, bass, gilt-head sea bream, white bream, etc. are largely presented. By taking another route, you may visit tunnels and see moray eels, crayfishes, and lobsters.

Dive ends in the valley formed by the island that breaks the surface and the underwater rock. The steep wall of the island is covered with red coral colonies.

El Reggio Messina

Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Wreck El Reggio Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Photo Wreck El Reggio

 

 

 

 

 

 

This dive site on the Montgrí Coast is suitable for divers of all levels. Here you have a choice between visiting the wreck, El Reggio Messina, and scuba dive near the cliffs of Cap de Castell. The depth is about -17 m near Cap de Castell and varies between -28 and -35 m near the wreck.

The Reggio was a dimensional ferry (122 m long and 17 m wide), and was used to transport passengers and trains. After withdrawing from service, it have been turned into a nightclub and restaurant. After a short time El Reggio sink in the port of Barcelona. The reasons were internal reconstruction and bad weather conditions. The decision was made to move the ship to the Montgrí Coast to turn it into a wreck accessible for divers. However, the Reggio sank to the seabed in poor position and was broken by the easterly storms in three main fragments.

Now El Reggio is an attractive wreck which is very popular among divers. Furthermore, it is the perfect dive site for diving with underwater scooter!

El Marmoler (Avvenire)

Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Wreck El Marmoler

It was an Italian merchant ship about 50 m long previously known by the names Diana Prima and Avvenire that sank in the early 70s after colliding with the rocks on a stormy day. The crew was able to escape and has been rescued. The ship was carrying a load of marble, hence its popular name Marmoler (marble in Spanish is mármol). The cargo (marble tiles) in its hold has been preserved. 

By descending, you always follows the anchor cable up to about -36 m. Although this authentic wreck is at the depth of about -42 m it is possible to view all the sections during one visit. Huge school of breams can be found by exploring the bow while conger eels and spiny lobster can be found in the hold.

Illa Pedrosa

Diving Costa Brava - Montgrí Coast - Illa Pedrosa

Characteristics of this dive site are similar to those at Illa Ferriol. 

The underwater tunnel with the wide entrance at a depth of -20 m crosses a part of the island. Moving forward inside the tunnel you may enjoy spectacular branches but should avoid lifting the sediment of sand and mud. 

At the eastern part of the island you can see the wall covered with sea fans as well as various rock inhabitants at a depth of -30 m.

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