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Medes Islands are located off Estartit (less than 1 mile), at the northern end of Spain's Costa Brava. This is a national park and dives are regulated (Annual dives were around the 80,000 mark in 1994 but have now been restricted to 60,000 - 400 a day - to protect the reserve).
The Medes Islands comprise two main islands - Meda Gran and Meda Petita - with numerous large outlying rocks and pinnacles that have been carved out by erosion and the action of the sea.
There is a incredible quantity of fishs in this marine park, including huge and numerous groopers !
Some caves are welle known such as the Dolphin's cave (Tunels del Dofi) and the Cow cave (Cova de la Vaca).
Enjoy Estartit !
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|Dive sites (21)||Quality||Avg depth||Max depth||Experience||Dive type|
|Canyones de Fallaguer||- / -||25 m||15 m||All divers|
|Carall Bernat||12 / -||25.0 m||45.0 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|Dolphin's cave||21 / -||20.0 m||28.0 m||CMAS * / OW|
|El Medellot||1 / -||25.0 m||40.0 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|El Negre de Fallaguer||12 / -||15 m||20 m||CMAS * / OW|
|El Salpatxot||16 / -||15.0 m||20.0 m||All divers|
|Els Arquets||- / -||12 m||18 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|Escrivana||- / -||30 m||36 m||CMAS *** / Rescue|
|Ferranelles||8 / -||17.0 m||25.0 m||All divers|
|La Llossa||1 / -||15 m||25 m||All divers|
|La Llossa Revesa||- / -||5 m||19 m||All divers|
|La pedrosa||- / -||18 m||40 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|La Vaca||11 / -||22.0 m||45.0 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|Pedra de Deu||12 / -||30.0 m||40.0 m||CMAS *** / Rescue|
|Pota del Llop||6 / -||21.0 m||50 m||CMAS *** / Rescue|
|Puig de la sardina||- / -||25 m||42 m||CMAS *** / Rescue|
|Punta Salines||1 / -||15.0 m||23.0 m||All divers|
|Reggio Messina Wreck||3 / -||28 m||35 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|Reina||- / -||15 m||30 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
|Tasco Gros||4 / -||18 m||30 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Tasco Petit||7 / -||20.0 m||35.0 m||CMAS * / OW|
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By Anonymous , 19-02-2006
Medes - I learnt to dive here 5 years ago and have dived the islands many times since. Though the marine life cannot be compared to the likes of the Red Sea, for either the diversity or the abundance of, these islands are something special. The weather can be a bit 'hit and miss' dependant upon the time of year you visit and some of the swells I have experienced at the largest of the islands (Meda gran) certainly test the diver. All in all a good place to dive and home of some of the biggest grouper you will encounter, with a strange liking of boiled eggs!!!!
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