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Baixa da Cruz

Located off the coast of the picturesque Machico village, adjacent to the renowned 3 Marias dive site, Baixa da Cruz offers an incredible underwater experience just a stone's throw away from the shore. With a starting depth of only 3 meters, this dive site gradually descends to a maximum depth of 35 meters, revealing a captivating sandy bottom.

Divers at Baixa da Cruz are treated to an array of remarkable sights and encounters. Among the highlights is the mesmerizing presence of black coral, including the elusive Antipathella wollastoni. This stunning coral species thrives abundantly from depths of 20-25 meters, with its density increasing as divers venture deeper. Adding to the vibrant tapestry of marine life are clusters of encrusting anemones (Parazoanthus sp), forming captivating colonies, and the grandeur of giant anemones (Telmatactis cricoides).

Beyond the coral formations, the seamount attracts bustling schools of barracuda and salemas, showcasing the lively underwater ecosystem of Baixa da Cruz. As divers ascend along the wall, they can also encounter trumpet fish, moray eels, and fascinating cephalopods such as octopi and cuttlefish.

With excellent visibility stretching up to 16 meters, Baixa da Cruz ensures that divers can fully appreciate the beauty and diversity of this captivating underwater landscape. It is an ideal diving destination for advanced and expert divers, seeking an unforgettable exploration beneath the surface.

Baixa da Cruz is conveniently located near the Old Levada do Desembarcadouro in Machico, Madeira, Portugal, offering easy access for diving enthusiasts from around the world. Embark on a remarkable underwater adventure at Baixa da Cruz and discover the wonders of Portugal's marine treasures.

Last updated: 8 mo. ago - Oct 3, 2023

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Overview of Baixa da Cruz

Depth:30m
Visibility: 0m - 16m
Experience level:
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