Barracuda Point

This dive is one of the most spectacular ones. For this dive it is highly recommended that you know how to swim with a current and that you are an experienced diver with a minimum of 50 dives.

At the entry point, sea can be quite rough, so you need to be extra careful. Waves break directly at the shore, so divers enter one by one. The entry should not be done if the sea is very rough.

After entering the water we shim about 50 meters on the surface until we see a small drop-off beneath. The dive starts and we follow the drop off having it on the right side. On the left side on the sand there are usually angel sharks to be found, dug in the sand. You will need experienced eyes to see them, they tend to dig into sand quite deep.

Barracudas at Barracuda Point, El Cabron

Barracudas at Barracuda Point, El Cabrón

Continuing the dive along the wall we arrive at a small channel. The channel leads us into a canyon on the left which drops down to about 27 meters. The canyon is spectacular with walls on both sides and plenty of big fish in it. If there is current it usually pulls through the canyon quite heavily. Current on this dive site is usually diected South.

Leaving the canyon we reach the sandy bottom at around 27 meters. Again, there are plenty of fishes to be found. About 30 meters on at the dept of 30 meters there is a large rock formation and this is where the large barracudas are. Barracudas are always to be found there, just waiting for their prey in the current. You can get real close to them. There are also huge eagle rays and sting rays living in the area, chances of seeing them are pretty good. It has happened on multiple occasions that even an angel shark swims by. This spot is truly spectacular as most of the big fish swim around that area (angel sharks, eagle rays and stingrays, barracudas, groupers …). There are also garden eels to be found all around in the sandy area.

Below is a stingray on Barracuda point:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34-dQ1ijmww

When the time to leave the depth has come we need to swim back to the coast (compass needed if you are not familiar with the area!) and follow a drop-off to the exit point about 300 meters to the South. This is what makes the dive so hard since you have to be good swimmer and very good with air consumption. There is no way to get out of the ocean at the Barracuda Point itself, you need to exit the water at the only possible point which is 300 meters away.

Don’t attempt the dive alone, always go in the water with an experienced guide who knows the area!

Certification level:   Advanced Open Water Diver
Max depth:   30 meters
Current:   Yes
Rating:   5/5

Below are the dive sites in the area of El Cabrón:

 

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