Rocha Negra reef gets its name from its distinct black colour. This reef is an ancient lava flow from when the nearby mountain of Monchique was a volcano. You can clearly see the difference between the black volcanic rock cliffs jutting out into the sea from the surrounding sandstone cliffs on the boat ride to the dive site. Rocha Negra sits in about 15-16m of water and is really popular amongst divers who like nudibranche. This is because on this site they grow much, much larger than anywhere else we have found. Some specimens have been reported to be almost 20cm in length. We put it down to the volcanic rock, but are open to other suggestions for the unusual size. You can also find locust lobsters, large octopus and conga eels here.
Skill Level Required:
Open Water Diver