Wet suits. Air tank. Regulators. Pressure gauge. Dive computer. Fins. Gloves. Lights. Mask. And camera!
Very close to the Parador located in El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands that is a World Biosphere Reserve, crystal-clear waters in La Restinga and Mar de Las Calmas allow divers to admire beautiful underwater landscapes.
Amazing pictures of the most recent European post-eruptive seabed can be taken there. With a nice water temperature (between 18 and 25 ºC throughout the year), the small insular shelf allows to reach depths of up to 300 metres just a few miles away from the coast.
The luxuriant vegetation of the rocky seabed houses many species, such as tuna, grouper, puffers, Mediterranean parrotfish, barracudas, stingrays or moray eels.
Depending on the season, manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins or sea turtles can also be seen.
International Open Photography
Every year the Island of El Hierro Fotosub Open is held here, one of the most important international underwater photography contests in Europe. The Tourist Department started this contest in 1996.
And, so far, many of the best underwater photographers have participated, such as the world winners Settimio Cipriani, Franco Banfi, Espen Rekdal, José Luis Gonzalez and Kurt Amsler.
The oceanic beauty captured with their cameras is the best introduction to the diving opportunities on the island.