The islas Hormigas marine reserve has been protected for 20 years since 1995, most local divers know about the abundance of marine life that is just waiting to be explored Inside the Islas Hormigas marine reserve off the coast of cabo de palos but many foreigners do not know what special marine life you can see here....
In any normal day this area boasts the Best scuba diving in Spain, but also recently got the title for best scuba diving in Europe which says a lot about this special area.
During later September and early October the marine life is at its most active due to the small fry fish shoals such as sardines and bogas which are small fish growing bigger and bigger congregating around the underwater reefs inside the park and also the shore .
This abundance of life attracts the predatory fish such as denton, barracuda, jacks, dorada , tuna and even the colourful mahi mahi or otherwise known as dolphinfish gather to have a feeding frenzy which creates a bait ball effect which is spectacular to watch and one of the areas most special events within the Mediterranean waters.
This can go on for weeks with different marine creatures swimming hard and fast into the shoal to grab a quick bite that makes the smaller shoaling fish swim closer together and erratically making the bait ball effect and creating a large silver ball of fish that looks spectacular and attracts hundreds of divers with cameras and video's
Adventure Divers dive the marine park most days and now use the deep core catamaran which is spacious and comfortable to dive from. After you have watched the spectacle the catamaran even has a hydraulic lift in the stern to bring you out the water and back on deck with no effort at all!
If you want to dive in the islas Hormigas marine park or anywhere in cabo de palos or even cartagena The fully licensed PADi dive center based in the 5 star resort of la manga club will look after your needs, specialising in personal friendly service they have some excellent reviews on trip advisor you can see here too https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187517-d6890438-r229937876-Adventure_Divers_La_Manga-Cartagena.html