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I confess, when I slid my certification cards across the counter at , I was only doing it to add another country to my dive list (I’m up to six, but who’s counting?). I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by the scuba diving in Ibiza, and at 47 euros I was spending quite a bit to simply make my scuba resume look better. What can I say? Seven months is far too long to go without breathing underwater.

 Ibiza diving

Mark and I learned long ago to ask local divemasters their favorite sites and only sign on to trips heading to those locations. We heard two stand outs dive sites again and again: Islas Margalidas and the Cala d’Hort Marine Nature Reserve. Our boat was headed to the Nature Reserve.

To our disappointment, the water was too rough for the boat to make it to Bledas Island where the famous lives, so we stopped at a closer site within the Reserve. With warnings of jellyfish and roughly translated descriptions of what life we could expect to see, we half heartedly jumped in.

scuba diving ibiza

diving ibiza

What a surprise we were met with! We descended about 35 meters down the island’s base then came back up through a varying maze of swim-throughs, rocky outcrops and sea grass beds. The water was quite nippy and I felt a bit confined in a 7mm wetsuit, but it wasn’t as cold as the Bahamas in January!

scuba diving ibiza

It’s true, diving in the mediterannean lacks the amazing coral of the Caribbean, or the large schools of fish of South East Asia. But the visibility is wonderful, the topography exciting and when you do find a lobster or a starfish or a tiny crab, you feel priviledged. One species of ubiquitous marine life? The jellyfish.

 Ibiza diving

scuba ibiza

As always, one of the best parts of the trip was meeting our fellow divers and hearing their tales from around the world. On our boat we had a German couple, two divemasters from South Africa currently working in the UK, and our super bubbly Spanish instructor who wooed us with tales of working on the Red Sea.

diving Ibiza

While I wouldn’t plan an entire dive trip to the Mediterranean, it was great to see what the diving is like in an entirely new part of the world and see a different side of Ibiza!

Want more? Check out more of my diving posts here!

diving Ibiza

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18 Comments...
  • Holy sh*t, these pictures are unreal! Now I’m sooo sad I didn’t go diving while I was there. WOW!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 17 2011

      Thanks for the gushing Andi! Good visibility makes for great photos.

  • Cathy Noblick
    August 18 2011

    These are some of the most amazing pictures you’ve shared, and you have a lot of awesome ones!

    • Meihoukai
      August 20 2011

      Thanks for the compliment Cathy! I really appreciate it.

  • Kris Koeller
    August 18 2011

    Looks amazing, and your photos came out really well. I’ve tried underwater shots on many occasions and have prety much given up. Curious what kind of camera setup you used.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 20 2011

      Hey Kris, I simply use a Canon powershot 1300 and the associated canon housing. At the time I purchased I was dying for the G10 and housing but this is what the budget called for. It’s served me really well and I highly recommend it! My biggest tips for underwater shots would be shoot upwards at things rather than downwards, get as close as possible, and be really freaking patient. I delete 19 out of 20!

  • Charu
    August 21 2011

    Totally unbelievable shots —love the picture of you underwater. I’m generally scared of diving but it actually looks therapeutic. next time!!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 21 2011

      I always say that diving is my meditation…. it is unbelievably quiet and calm underwater. I love it, hope you get to try someday!

  • Ibiza Holidays
    August 23 2011

    Nice to see someone blog about diving in Ibiza. We hear so many people enjoy the diving around the Island. You might want to try diving the Don Pedro shipwreck near Playa Den Bossa 😉

    • Meihoukai
      August 23 2011

      Thanks for the tip I will have to look that up next time I visit! I love wreck diving.

  • Ally
    November 19 2012

    Love the jelly fish pictures!

    • Meihoukai
      November 19 2012

      Thanks Ally! They are some of my favorite diving pics.

  • Chris
    March 29 2014

    Love those pics of the Jellyfish!

    We actually met an Austrian dive instructor on Vanuatu who had spent time on the Red Sea as well.

    I’ll be honest, I’d never even thought of it as a diving destination…
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    • Meihoukai
      March 31 2014

      The Red Sea is actually a HUGE draw among the dive community. I’d love to check it out someday and see what all the fuss is about.

      • Chris
        March 31 2014

        Then I shall look forward to reading about it when you do get there!
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  • sean
    April 10 2014

    Hi , wow these pictures look amazing, having lived on the island a number of years never scuba dived, something on my list to do now
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    • Meihoukai
      April 15 2014

      I’m so glad we took one of our days on the island to go diving, it was very different from what I’ve done elsewhere! Thanks for reading!