Tunnels of Port Salvi (Eden Roc) in Sant Feliu de Guíxols - Post by Victor Masmitjà Prieto

Posted March 07, 2018

Port Salvi cove , also known as Eden Roc because of the hotel establishment that is here, is one of the classic dives of the Costa Brava . In our opinion it has several arguments that make it advisable. Firstly, it is an underwater itinerary that is very well documented, since in the dive center of the same cove there is a very useful model for planning the underwater excursion, and the background is detailed and drawn in the book by Andreu Llamas > "UNDERWATER GUIDE of COSTA BRAVA from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Begur" (ISBN 978-84-933167-8-5).

The fact that it is accessed from the beach gives, as the scapers very well know, a great freedom of schedules and movements. No less important is the fact that the bottom has three easy but entertaining tunnels and there are some underwater sculptures, such as a dolphin, a wind rose and a nativity scene. It should be added that the depth that is reached leaving the beach is 27 meters, made unusual in the places of access pedestrian.

The immersion begins after descending a ramp that in times served to lower boats to the water. It is necessary to pay attention in the descent, especially if they are carrying spotlights or photographic or video devices, as the final part is covered with slippery algae

Looking to the sea and to the left there is usually a cable that partially facilitates the entrance to the liquid element. In this place of shallow depth it is not difficult to distinguish some sea bass, known there like "llobarros", between the swell. Continue to the right the rocky wall that closes the cove in the south, either by surface, or below the water, always following a course of 150 degrees.

Among the holes in the stone, observers will identify the red-lipped gobius (Gobius cruentatus) and some scorpion (Scorpaena scrofa) . The lucky ones will be able to celebrate the encounter with a sea turtle (Scyllarides latus) , which reaches up to 45 cm, scarce crustacean in the northern part of the Ampurdanese coast.
In the third of the sand corridors discussed above, and at about 26 meters deep, you can see the entrance of the first tunnel and, inside, the dim light that indicates the exit is discovered. Once outside you can climb a little high until you reach the rocky surface that forms the roof of the passage that has been visited.

In this plain, highlights a rose of metallic winds of a certain size. Sometimes they hang from the cardinal points placed on cephalopods. A short route to the east, approximately, leads to a sculpture of a dolphin pointing to the entrance of the second tunnel.
The crab Dromia sp , with semi-spherical and furry appearance, can be identified in the roof of the passage, unmistakable for having the nail of pink tongs that contrasts enormously with respect to the brown and mimetic body. Once you have crossed the tunnel it is preferable to check the computer and our air reserve as it is very possible that it is advisable to return.