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Barra Velha

Code: BVelha
Zone: Faro
Access: 85' by boat
Type: Wall
Seafloor: Sand
Depth: 36 to 44 meters
Barra Velha

Classification: Good

Difficulty: Complex


Mandatory bailout

Possible currents

Reel and buoy required

Possible descompression

Possible Narcosis


Technical dive

Water craft traffic

Barra Velha

Dive the Algarve with SUBNAUTAAn ancient, sedimented dune of approximately 150 meters in length, lying parallel to the coast, with a 7 meter deeply indented slope on the south face.

The bottom is covered in some places with a very fine sediment which should not be stirred up, as this will decrease visibility.

It is therefore advisable to have good buoyancy control and use special swimming techniques, such as frog-style swimming, to avoid stirring up the sediment. The top of the rock is dominated by gorgonian corals.

On the slope and at the base of the rock, the main attraction is the corals of the Dendropyllia genus, surrounded by shoals of sea perch (Anthias anthias), lobster, and yellow and green gorgonians, some reaching nearly two meters in height.

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