Dive to an underwater graveyard in the south of La Palma
Near the southern tip of the island of La Palma is an underwater 'graveyard', with forty stone crosses erected on sand and rock. The dive to this unique place known as Las Cruces de Malpique is one of the most sought-after of the island and has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The currents are occasionally strong, there is excellent visibility and a maximum dive depth of 25 metres. With easy access from the shore, this dive surprises experienced divers and novices alike.
A pirate attack and 40 stone crosses in Fuencaliente
A vicious pirate attack in the 16th Century occurred off the coast of Fuencaliente and resulted in the killing of the Tazacorte martyrs: 40 Portuguese and Spanish Franciscan monks who were thrown overboard from their ship. In tribute to them, twenty metres below the surface, lie 40 crosses that receive regular visits from underwater photographers, night diving enthusiasts and divers in general. The nearby Marine Reserve of La Palma plays an important role in the site’s remarkable marine life.