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Diving Centre Fornells: "Mediterranean blue, caverns and swimthroughs", Oct, 2018,

by Sue Hutchings, Grignols, FR (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 10531.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Quite a lot of people doing try dives, DSD and OW, but kept more or less separate from more experienced divers. Two RIBs with ladders. Very good equipment and systems, well organised. The diving is interesting, in a marine reserve, with lovely topography..lots of arches, caverns, big slabs of rock, some wrecks and the light and colour is amazing. Main fish are big grouper, shoals of barracuda (in every arch!), bream, scorpionfish etc, and loads of flabellina, morays, crabs and octopus. Lots of small fish too. Some anchors, cannons and amphorae reflecting the island history.
We did 50-70 minute dives each time, returning to Fornells after each dive. Two dives are offered in the morning and one in the afternoon. Briefings are in Spanish, English and French and are thorough, specially for getting back on the boat. There are two owners and two or three dive guides, depending on the season.
There are showers but no private changing facilities which is a downside, though shy people can find a dark corner or the toilet!
They arenít great at responding to emails so itís best to phone or call in. They will fit you in if it is at all possible. The main problem is when the Tramontana wind blows, the waves become mountainous and boats stay in harbour, but Fornells is a very pretty village with great restaurants. Fortunately this isnít a frequent occurrence.
Websites Diving Centre Fornells   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean-Dominica, Martinique, Maldives, Red Sea, Sudan, Mediterranean, Indonesia
Closest Airport Mahon Getting There Direct flights from many places in Europe

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 26-°C / 79-°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15-25 M / 49-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions answer is yes and no. Some dives included new divers; and more experienced divers encouraged to dive deeper but more or less stay in sight. Some dives we tagged on the end and did our own thing. Good briefings about no deco diving
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Few UWP. Not much room on RIB so I had my own camera bag. Camera was handed in and out of water, and handled carefully most of the time. No facilities for photographers except communal table also used for courses. Some very nice opportunities for photography...barracuda pose so well and are so abundant, Mediterranean light and the topography are fabulous.
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