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Draga da Madalena (Wreck)

Located south of the mouth of the Douro River, off the beach of Madalena, there is a fascinating shipwreck awaiting divers. With a sandy bottom and a maximum depth of 21 meters, this dive site is accessible only by boat.

Underwater, divers will be treated to a diverse array of marine life. From macro creatures like pans and crabs to impressive species like sea bass, congers, octopuses, and lobsters, there is something for everyone to admire and observe.

The shipwreck itself remains somewhat of a mystery. While some experts believe it may have been a dredger, its origin and gender have not been definitively identified. Currently broken into two parts, the wreck offers easy navigation between them, with plates and debris scattered across the seabed. One of the highlights of this dive is the easily identifiable boiler, which serves as a prominent feature.

Planning and navigating the dive are straightforward and suitable for divers with beginner-level skills. However, having Wreck Diving and Navigation certifications is recommended for a more enjoyable and safe experience. While the surface current can sometimes be strong, the bottom current is practically non-existent. Visibility averages around 5 meters, allowing for clear underwater exploration.

When visiting this dive site, it is advisable to wear an isothermic suit of 7mm, as the average water temperature is around 13ºC. The best diving season for this area is between June and September, providing optimal conditions to explore this captivating shipwreck.

Plan your dive adventure to this shipwreck located off the coast of Madalena, Portugal. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the wonders hidden beneath the water.

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

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Overview of Draga da Madalena (Wreck)

Depth:20m
Visibility: 0m - 5m
Experience level:
beginner

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