Dive Plan Santa Pola

In association with Dive Academy Santa Pola & OPASSThe Legless Wanderer’ will be running a scuba diving trip for all abilities late summer 2017.

The Legless Wanderer

The Legless Wanderer aka James Wilson is a below Knee amputee, a seasoned traveller and a PADI Divemaster. James had a serious RTA 15 years ago. When it became apparent that he would lose the lower part of his right leg and become an amputee, he set himself a goal of finding an activity that would help in his rehabilitation.

James discovered that scuba diving provided just what he needed!


The first trip over to Spain is scheduled for late summer 2017; you don’t need to join the other divers and students for the full week, you could make a long weekend of it and join us for a couple of days, the choice is yours.


Santa Pola Marina

Santa Pola is a small coastal town in the province of Alicante. It has a population of around 30’000 people of which 10’000 are resident of the nearby town of Gran Alacant. It has over 13 kilometres of coastal line and a modern marina from which you can take a boat trip to the nearby Island of Tabarca.

The town boasts a helpful tourist office, a fortress castle, a palm park, an aquarium and an interesting range of cultural and historic museums. There is a daily fish market during the week and a busy street market on a Monday and Saturday morning.

Santa Pola by Night

There is a marked walking route alongside the rural beaches at the southern end of Santa Pola, and a 7 kilometre promenade which connects all of the beaches in the central area.

To the north of Santa Pola the scenic drive to Gran Alacant begins. The road, which is an extremely popular cycling route, hugs the rocky shore line, passing the CIMAR marine research.

Dive Centre:

Dive Academy is a PADI 5 star IDC centre based on the front of the Marina Miramar which is the main harbour in Santa Pola; the centre is facing Burger King on the coastal pathway. Just look out for the large PADI flag on the roof or listen out for the guys having fun in the shop.

Dive Academy is run by Wayne and Daisy they are an expat couple who met whilst working in a dive centre in Fuerteventura on the Canary Islands.

Dive Packages: Fun Diving

Boat Diving

Fun Diving: Boat (2 dives)
2 x tanks + full equipment hire + Tank + Weights + dive guide €88.00
May Special €68.00 includes equipment hire
May Special €60.00 excludes equipment hire



Shore Diving

Fun Diving: Shore (2 dives)
Dive insurance require (add dive insurance €6.00pd or €14.00pw)
2 x tanks + full equipment hire + Tank + Weights + dive guide €88.00
May Special €65.00 includes equipment hire
May Special €57.00 excludes equipment hire

* Fun Dive Package (for qualified scuba divers only)
* Dive prices are in euros
* Dive insurance require (add dive insurance €6.00pd or €14.00pw)

Dive Packages: Learn to Dive

Discover Scuba Diving (2 dives)
2 x tanks + full equipment hire + Tank + Weights + dive instructor €99
May Special €49.50


Open Water Scuba Diver Course (5 confined water / pool dives + 4 open water dives)
5 x tanks + full equipment hire + Tank + Weights + dive instructor €390
May Special €269
* Course material & dive insurance included
* Dive prices are in euros

Dive Locations:

Cala Cortina Dive Site

Cala Cortina is south of Dive Academy and takes around one hour and fifteen minutes to drive there. The drive is lovely as it is along the N332 coastal road driving through the salt flats of Santa Pola where you can see the flamingos and then all along the coast through Torrevieja, La Zenia and into Cartagena in the Murcia region of the Costa Blanca. You get to see all the sites on your way there and then you arrive at the most beautiful little cove called Cala Cortina. The port of Cartagena is just around the corner and is still heavily operated from by the military.

They have many military scuba diving training sites and this includes a large underwater submarine base. Here you will also find lots of small swim throughs and tunnels to explore. Depth ranges from as deep as 27 metres here to an average of around 12 metres. You have to be good with your air consumption to get to the deepest part if this site.

Cabo de Palos Dive Site

Cabo de Palos is once again in the Murcia region and is another shore site that we sometimes use. Here there are two bays on different angles to the coast and one you have to walk down many steps so please let the guys know if you have bad knees, legs or back and they will advise.

There is a large Island just off the coast and they dive around the base of the island around 18 metres deep. Another part of this site has two very long swim throughs the second being a long tunnel and very exciting to go through.

They are not so small that you feel confined but also not as big as huge caverns either. Maximum depth here will be around 20 metres.

Isla de Tabarca Dive Site

Isla de Tabarca. The island is the largest island in a small group (archipelago) of islands known as the 'Islote de la Cantera'. Tabarca Island itself is a protected marine reserve and it is this that draws the scuba divers and snorkellers who swim amongst the vast numbers of fish and marine life that surround this little island.

The island is 1750 meters long, with a maximum breadth of 300 meters and it is absolutely flat. It is unique because it is the only island that is inhabited on the Alicante coast.

The western end is remote, yet in stark contrast the eastern end is populated by the village of Nova Tabarca, which homes a small population of 100 people. The beach is small which the port backs onto. Coves are plentiful around the island and the waters are calm.

Isla Tabarca recieved a Blue Flag for its clear water and  clean beaches. It's very popular and it is an ideal location for water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. While diving or snorkeling  at the Isla Tabarca you will see the various sorts of fish this location has like sardines, octopus, sea bass or red mullet .
Tabarca is a protected marine reserve called “ Reserva Marina de la Isla de Tabarca”.


Time to Jet Off & Join us

Flight Options: September / October Example
All prices are approximate in £ and for Return to Manchester

  • Monday 11th to Sunday 17th                      £99  September
  • Monday 9th to Sunday 15th                       £89  October

# Note: no flight extras have been added to the above prices.
Please check either direct with airlines or for best prices & flexibility use Skyscanner or Kayak


Current Best Offer :

As soon as we have confirmed our dive plan dates for September / October we'll post details here.

£TBC Return


Taxi Transfer

Santa Pola is only 13km from the new Alicante airport; we have found that ‘Alicante Airport Transfers’ offer the best taxi rates at approximately €29 euro one way – four passengers.

Car Hire is available if you are thinking of having a tour along the coast line, from Santa Pola, Alicante city is (17km) away and Benidorm is (72km) away.

You can hire cars at the airport or use one of the many online car hire search engines such as DoYouSpain.com which is quoting a Ford KA for 6 days for only €49


There are many hotels, villas and guesthouses with different star levels to choose from, we recommend using either booking.comhotels.com or trivago.co.uk to find the right place for you.

As an example James & his dive crew will be staying at Quatre Llunes which is less than a 5 minute walk from the dive centre. Single rooms are €28 per night & Double rooms are €39 per night

Book Direct - 10% Discount - Mention Dive Academy Santa Pola

If you would like to come diving with us call our site admin guy 'Jeff'

07738 613 212 or drop me an email

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