A demanding dive in the south of La Palma
The Torre (Tower) of Malpique, in the far south of La Palma, is a difficult dive at a depth of a maximum of 40 metres and is of great interest to underwater photographers and lovers of vertigo and weightlessness. The Torre is a massive column of volcanic rock , about 20 metres high which emerges vertically from a depth of 50 metres and is covered with black coral. Dives can only take place in suitable sea conditions. The Torre is one of the favourite places for diving on this island which is included in the Unesco Biosphere Reserves.
Underwater photography in a tower covered with black coral
Several diving clubs organise excursions from the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the east coast of the island or from Tazacorte, on the west coast. In both cases, the crossing ends at the landmark Fuencaliente lighthouse where the boat is anchored and the descent is made. The highlight of the dive is the vertical tower and the wavy jungle of black coral where trumpet fish, moray eels and a great variety of invertebrates take refuge. The excellent visibility allows excellent photos to be taken of the Torre and the big rock arch which appears at a depth of 38 metres.