LEVEL: HIGH LEVEL
The Playa Chica cliff hides many nooks and crannies worth visiting, and the Cueva de las Gambas (Shrimp Cave) is one of them. At the foot of the cliff, at about 40 m deep, a cave gives shelter to swarms and narval shrimp, also known as prawns. Groupers lie in wait for the shrimp, hidden inside the dark cave and do not hesitate to pounce on them when they become visible by the light of our flashlights.
The singularity and richness of the caves at Puerto del Carmen cliff is such that Europe declared it “Special Conservation Site” within the Natura 2000 Network.
The dive begins at the stairs of the Playa Chica beach or, if you go by boat, in the mooring buoy. From here, you can go down to the foot of the cliff, crossing the field of gardener eels and going down along the imposing wall. Under 25-30 m, the Atlantic damselfish give way to the fairy bass let and sea slugs begin to appear, spectacular by their shape and intense violet colour. Once you reach the cave, enter carefully and get close to one of the cavities where the narwhal shrimp reside. In a few minutes, decompression will be necessary and you will need to ascent knowing that the shallow area offers us the ideal environment for the security stop.