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Scuba Diving in La Palma
Dive Site: The Crosses of Malpique
Location: Southern tip of La Palma
Depth: 18 metres + (60 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
After a short surface swim you dive down and reach a plateau in southern direction. Swimming along a wall you pass lava edges and reach a depth of approx. 18m where you will find the crosses on the plateau surface.
In the year 1570 40 Jesuit missionaries came to Puerto Tazacorte with their ship, because they were pursued by French pirates. Believing to have succeeded in shaking off their pursuers, after a short stop they continued their journey, which was to take them over Santa Cruz to South America. But the pirates had only hidden themselves and somewhere between Punta Larga and El Faro and the missionaries were captured and killed. In the year 2000 40 stone crosses were lowered into the sea in memory of the missionaries. Native people also believed that these crosses could soothe the ocean, which occasionally can be quite uninviting here.
La Palma Diving Center
15/10/2008: That's pretty cool. When I first looked at the picture I thought a little bit of the island gave away and that on that little section of island was a graveyard.
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