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Don Pedro

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Minimum depth: 26 meters
Maximum depth: 47 meters
Minimum level: Advanced.

Requisites:

· a minimum of 30 logged dives, the last one not older than a month,
· a previous evaluation dive,
· dive with a dive computer.

We recommend diving with NITROX.

The Don Pedro is one of the biggest wrecks in Europe and lies on the sandy bottom near Ibiza’s harbour. After sinking it was left leaning on port side with the bow looking towards northeast. Gradually fauna and flora have covered the wreck, which makes the dive more spectacular every year.

Brief story of the Don Pedro:

The Don Pedro, owned by the company ISCOMAR, was a vessel, which transported cargo as well as passengers and covered the Ibiza- Denia route.

At 2:30am on the 11th of July 2007 just after leaving the harbour, the freighter sank after it crashed against a stone reef of the islet Dado Pequeño. The twenty members of the crew were rescued unhurt.

Diving on the Don Pedro:

The mooring area of the Don Pedro is only 7 minutes away from SCUBA IBIZA.

Due to the big size of the wreck we can do 4 different dives: 2 at 35 meters and 2 at 47 meters depth.

The four dives on the Don Pedro:

Don Pedro stern (Propeller):

Minimum depth: 26 meters

Maximum depth: 35 meters

Dive time: 25 minutes

We will go down the mooring line until we reach the hull of the wreck at 26 meters. We will head for the stern at southeast, looking for its huge propeller at 35 meters depth. The propeller’s size is absolutely spectacular (photo).

Afterwards, we will arrive to the ramp at stern, where we will observe large-scaled scorpion fish (Scorpaena scrofa) and looking up, huge schools of barracudas (Sphyraena sphyraena).

From here, we will swim around the wreck in between schools of small bogues (Boops boops), passing next to the bridge full of windows, in a dreamlike atmosphere.

After some 20 minutes, we will head for the mooring line where we will slowly start to ascend. We will make a deep stop at 15 meters and a safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 meters. Respecting maximum depth and dive time, this dive can be done without decompression.

Don Pedro sand (Stern):

Minimum depth: 26 meters

Maximum depth: 47 meters

Dive time: 25 minutes

We will moor at the stern side of the wreck and go down the line until we reach the hull at 26 meters.

We will start the route going south, looking for a rectangular entry on the hull. It is the only dive inside the wreck since any other route into the vessel is forbidden due to its danger. Here we will turn on our torches and start the descent until the exit point at 39 meters. From there we will go towards the sand at 44 meters. Looking up, we will get one of the most spectacular views with the sunlight filtering through the bridge. On the sand we could observe some unusual sea stars and near the bridge lobsters, large-scaled scorpion fish or a lifeboat fastened to the hull.

Then we will start the ascent towards the line. Whilst ascending, we will look through the windows where we could see a marine phone hanging inside the bridge.

This dive may involve some decompression time; therefore we will ascend slowly, doing the deep stop and the safety stop. If necessary, we will find the safety tank at 5 meters.

Don Pedro Bow (Anchors):

Minimum depth: 26 meters

Maximum depth: 35 meters

Dive time: 25 minutes

We will moor at the bow side of the wreck and go down the line until we reach the hull at 26 meters. Looking northeast towards the bow we will see its elegant curved shape. At 33 meters we will find the anchor as big as a diver.

From here we will go down to 35 meters in search of the manoeuvre propeller slightly bent due to the collision. Here we will move a little away from the wreck to notice its huge size (foto).

We will continue until we find the loading ramp where the vehicles came in. Here we could see large-scaled scorpion fish (Scorpaena scrofa), groupers (Epinephelus marginatus) and moray eels (Muraena helena).

During the ascent, we will see some red (Halocynthia papillosa) and white seasquirts (Phallusia mammillata) on the deck or big schools of amberjacks (Seriola dumerili). Looking through the sealed holes, we will discover the lorries that were transported on the Don Pedro.

After 25 minutes, we will do the deep stop at 15 meters and the safety stop of 3 minutes at 5 meters.

Respecting maximum depth and dive time, this dive can be done without decompression

Don Pedro Bow (Collision area):

Minimum depth: 26 meters

Maximum depth: 47 meters

Dive time: 25 minutes

We will moor close to the bow and go down the line until we reach the hull at 26 meters.

We will go east in the direction of the keel where we will find the impressive fissure that caused the sinking of the ship. There, at 47 meters, the water will be colder and murky due to the muddy and sandy bottom. On the sand, we will see a “Karcher” pressurized cleaning machine.

After 15 minutes, we will look for the ascent line, observing the interesting deck and the fantastic schools of amberjacks (Seriola dumerili) around.

This dive may involve some decompression time; therefore we will ascend slowly, doing the deep stop and the safety stop. If necessary, we will find the safety tank at 5 meters.

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