Casablanca is best known for the film of the same name, and it attracts a steady stream of tourists to it for that reason. But the Casablanca of the 1940s has long gone…so what is there to do now? You could go on a Casablanca scuba diving trip.
The city is not a known diving destination, despite being right on the sea. The Moroccan diving industry as a whole is still in its infancy. Which is where its appeal lies: dive in Morocco and you’ll be one of the first to do it.
Casablanca lies roughly equidistant between Tangier to the north and Agadir to the south. Neither are big dive towns, but it is possible to dive from both. The Atlantic waters around Morocco aren’t tropical, but they can still support a pretty decent range of marine life, including eels, tuna and sometimes turtles. There are also dolphins, with some dive schools offering combined diving and dolphin spotting trips to see them.
From Tangier, it’s also possible to make the short hop over the Straits of Gibraltar to dive at Tarifa in Spain. Tarifa is a great dive site, one of Spain’s best, though it does have some tricky currents. It has the Isla de Las Palomas just a short distance off its beaches, a national marine park with a good mix of dive sites. You’ll see moray eels, octopus and scorpion fish, among others.
A Casablanca scuba diving trip offers the opportunity to see Morocco beyond its busy streets, dusty deserts and ancient cities. If you want to get out and explore the Atlantic and see some of Morocco’s lovely beaches, it’s definitely a trip for you.