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Voyage to the bottom of the sea 2.
In Los Roques there is an almost untouched underwater environment. Up to now only twelve specific spots are visited by divers who visit the park with the great majority of reefs which make up the archipelago remaining unexplored. Since spear fishing is banned, fish get close to you and you can observe them in their natural behavior. Prohibition of trawlers a long time ago has given way to a greater abundance and size of species that can be seen through out the park.
Divers will find in Los Roques a good example of Atlantic reef and those that have had the opportunity to dive in the Pacific or Indian Ocean reefs will quickly see some of the differences. The number of coral species, fish and mollusks found here is less. In Los Roques there are no anemones or stars which feed on coral but the number of gorgonians is much higher as well as the number of marine sponges. Another difference is the rhythm of coral activity. In the Caribbean the greater part of corals extends their polyps during the night while in the Pacific it is frequent those that do it during the day. It is believed that these differences in the number of species between the Indian-Pacific and Atlantic are due to the fact that the Atlantic is more recent geologically and that during the ice age it was too cold for the survival of corals.
2 immersions a day including boat, Dive master, lead, and tanks $75,- (Pre Book before you arrive)..
THE LOS ROQUES "Scuba Diving Index" Spot Piedra de la Guasa (MA) Cayo de Agua (BA) La Pelona de Dos Mosquises (BA) Dos Mosquises (BA) Punta Cayo Sal (MA) Cavernas de Las Salinas (MA) Boca de Cote (BA) Solapa de Rabusqui (B) Noronqui (BA) Boca del Medio (BA) Francisqui (B) Madrizqui (B) Cueva de los Sabalos (BA)
What do you need
In order to dive with your own equipment in Los Roques, it is necessary to pay a small fee to the local authority (Autoridad Unica) for the right to dive for one year in the archipelago and then a permit from the park authority (Inparques).
° Any person who wishes to practice Scuba diving in Los Roques must show Inparques or the diving operator a certificate acknowledged the Venezuelan under water federation (FVAS) which certifies that the person is capable of using the diving equipment.
Among these certificates the following may be included: PADI, NAUI, CMAS, SSI, YMCA, NADS, and BSAC. If a person has none of these then it will be necessary to take a diving course with one of the parks certified instructors.
° The smallest number allowed is two persons and the maximum is 10 accompanied by a dive master. Make your Reservation here!
Voyage to the bottom of the sea.
To the visitors of the archipelago Los Roques who goes there -driven by their love of underwater activities, will find an underwater paradise full of colors and treasures waiting to be discovered, just like the majority of diving destinations were in the Caribbean some 50 years ago. The Los Roques coral reef barrier, one of the best preserved in the Caribbean competes in beauty with other locations such as the corals in Belize, the keys in Bahamas, the Bonaire reefs or Honduras Bay islands.
For the underwater diver the coral reef stands out because of its warm transparent water and of the most diverse ecosystem of fish in the world. Frequently biologists have tried to explain this richness of species by attributing it to the many existing habitats in the reef: sandy bottoms, caves, cracks, algae prairies, deep and shallow water. Others try to explain it by means of competitiveness that arise among the species, but the reality is that when one dives into its waters one enters in a world of life and color which surpasses the already impressive one in the surface. Among the attractive features of diving in Los Roques there is the great number of places where this activity can be practiced, each one with its own unique characteristics and singular charm: the shallow lagoons surrounded by spectacular mangroves with its underwater roots making up an intricate landscape which gives protection to the younger phases of fish. Ask for a quote!
Level of experience: beginner (B), beginner to advanced (BA), medium to advanced (MA)
LOS ROQUES "Scuba Diving Index" by Henrik Bratfeldt
The Best Dive Spots:
Piedra de la Guasa (MA) Cayo de Agua (BA) La Pelona de Dos Mosquises (BA) Dos Mosquises (BA) Punta Cayo Sal (MA) Cavernas de Las Salinas (MA) Boca de Cote (BA) Solapa de Rabusqui (B) Noronqui (BA) Boca del Medio (BA) Francisqui (B) Madrizqui (B) Cueva de los Sabalos (BA)
All Photos by Federico Cabello & Henrik Bratfeldt
The sandy area that alternates between prairies full of marine algae; the rocky bottom of the sea as we approach Gran Roque and the coral reefs that limit the central lagoon with its vertical walls and underwater caves. These places can be visited during night and day which allows the diver to find in one place different scenery and totally different species. Some species remain hidden in caves or inside cracks during the day and they come out at night with all heir splendor. Deep water species look through the reef for prey and can be surprised by a diver's torch light. Corals that remain as branches or huge rocks during the day, at night show themselves dressed up in their polyps. All this wrapped up in the fluorescence of plankton which lights up a diver's movements during the night. Book your Scuba Diving week with all included now!