Marbella is a region known for its luxury and style set against stunning landscapes, with white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters framing the town.
However, there’s far more to see than meets the eye, if you dare to dive beneath the surface and explore the wonderful underwater world of the Mediterranean.
The ocean which laps on the shores of Marbella is warm and gentle, ideal conditions for both novice and experienced scuba divers.
As the waters get deeper an ever-increasing array of creatures become visible, making their home in the warm and clear sea around Marbella.
Here’s a closer look at what you could see scuba diving around the coast of Marbella.
Torre Marbella (Marbella Tower)
One of the most frequently visited dive sites in the region; Torre Marbella is an old cargo tower which was used right up until the 1970s. With just the remnants now left, the site has become a hot spot for marine life and it’s relatively easy to reach, making it the ideal diving spot for those who are less experienced.
Torre Marbella is made up of two towers which lie approximately 150m apart, the first being just 100m from the shore. The second tower is slightly further out at 250m, but still easily reachable by boat.
It’s this second tower which is the more attractive to divers and offers an incredible spectrum of underwater life ready for discovery.
Standing on an underwater hill of between 6-11m, there’s a number of species of crab plus conger eels, moray eels, brittle stars, wrasse and sea slugs all at the site. An octopus has also made the upper side of the tower its home and gentle exploration will allow this shy marine creature to be found.
More experienced divers can go on to the nearby wreck sites which offer even better viewings of the marine life in the area.
Starting at the beach and running out to 25 metres out to sea, Tubo is a large pipe which only becomes visible once the waters are around 3 metres deep.
Rising up from under the sea bed, Tubo is an easily accessible dive site which offers plenty of hiding places for fish which can’t be reached by the nets of local fishermen.
For this reason, there’s wrasse here which have grown far larger than in other parts of the sea where they can be more readily caught. Other species which you might find include conger and moray eels, spider crabs and scorpion fish.
As the waters become even deeper, larger species can be viewed such as tuna and catfish along with soft coral, always a mesmerising sight.
Easy to learn
There’s a number of fascinating dive sites in and around the waters of Marbella but even if you are a strong swimmer, you can’t simply strap on some kit and head off.
Before undertaking a dive, you’ll have to undergo some training to ensure you know how to use the equipment and understand the safety measures.
Most local dive schools follow the PADI system, a tried and tested system of certification and training that everyone from novices to experienced professionals use.
It doesn’t take much training to become ready for your first dive out in the ocean; a morning in a training pool is generally all that’s needed before being taken out for your first open-water session.
There’s little that can prepare you for your first glimpse of the magical marine world that lurks beneath the surface. Even if you’ve been snorkelling before, being able to descend into another world for a while and swim among the fishes will be an experience you never forget.
If you’ve never been scuba diving before, Marbella is the perfect place to learn. With gentle currents, warm water and great visibility; you’ll soon be hooked on scuba diving and the incredible world that lives beyond the shoreline, below the surface.