Discover the Other
Half of Spain– Underwater!
“Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more are you lookin’ for?”
– Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Sea TREK Spain, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
If you travel to Spain we realize you may be looking for “more” than the world on the ocean floor. We get it… the Seville Cathedral, La Sagrada Familia and the Guggenheim, to name a few, are all must see attractions. Not to mention eating paella, soaking up the rays on the Costa del Sol beaches, and drinking a refreshing glass of sangria. (Actually, that sounds amazing. Sign me up. I’ll be there tomorrow!) But, I bet you didn’t know that Disney’s Sebastian the crab speaks the truth; there is another world waiting for you, just beneath those cool, blue waves. And until recently, tourists seeking to explore the magical ocean floor off the coast of Spain had a limited number of options– primarily snorkeling or scuba diving.
In 2013, a very eager and passionate gentleman named Filiberto “Fili” Medina approached Sea TREK with a dream of introducing the helmet diving experience to the Spanish tourism market. Located in the Canary Islands, a destination that receives 11 million visitors a year, Fili was confident that Sea TREK would be a hit.
First breaths underwater, Sea TREK Spain
Having never tried the experience, Fili followed his intuition and opened Sea TREK Spain in Gran Canaria, the first location in Europe to offer open-water Sea TREK tours. He was not disappointed; Fili describes his first Sea TREK experience as “…an incredible sensation, the weightlessness was like nothing I’d ever felt before, I was totally in love…”
Located at the luxury resort, Anfi del Mar, the Sea TREK experience is conducted within a protected canal bordered by large boulders which provide a perfect home for fish, crabs, sea stars and other marine life. Since opening, Sea TREK Spain has hosted a number of high profile guests– from famous windsurfers to mountain climbers and cyclists, TV personalities and local TV show hosts. The Sea TREK staff say the best thing about being a Guide is interacting with guests and sharing that emotional, “magical moment” during a first TREK.
Nemo and Spongebob with young TREKKERs in Lanzarote
Spain’s second Sea TREK location opened in a dive shop (Native Diving Lanzarote) on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. Owner Jose Luis Garcia Blanco is an avid diver (turned Sea TREK aficionado!) and describes his first Sea TREK as a “very rewarding experience… being able to walk naturally on the seafloor.” Native Diving collaborates with social organizations to accommodate tours for individuals with disabilities, and most recently had a surprise underwater marriage proposal. “The woman practically broke the acrylic lens from excitement,” says Jose Luis.
Love is in the water, Native Diving Lanzarote
One lucky TREKKER even found himself in the middle of a school of sardines. Wow!
Spain’s third Sea TREK location is situated in the beautiful Mediterranean resort town of Benidorm. Sea TREK tours are operated by local dive shop, Diving Stones, whose owner-operator, Jorge Palacios, constantly strives for innovation in his business. Sea TREK provided the unique activity he was looking for, and is the first activity of its kind in this area.
One guest discovering his inner Jacques Cousteau, Diving Stones, Benidorm
The staff say that the most rewarding part of being a Guide is sharing the magic of the ocean with people who may have never gone underwater if it weren’t for the ease of the Sea TREK system. They’ve shared the experience with families, kids, couples who have proposed underwater, and elderly people who have always dreamed of feeling like Jacques Cousteau. In Jorge’s own words, “Sea TREK is a wealth of new sensations– colors, sunlight, fish surrounding you, walking on the seafloor in a different gravity, in a completely new dimension… it’s discovering a new way to walk and dive.”
Sharing a new experience and a new world together, Benidorm, Spain
While Spain may boast some of the world’s best food and wine, historical landmarks, famous museums, wild nightlife, and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes… don’t forget that there is another world waiting to be discovered, right on the ocean floor.