Voyage to the
bottom of the sea 2.
In Los Roques there is an almost untouched underwater
environment. Up to now only twelve specific spots are visited by
divers who visit the park with the great majority of reefs which
make up the archipelago remaining unexplored. Since spear
fishing is banned, fish get close to you and you can observe
them in their natural behavior. Prohibition of trawlers has
given way to a greater abundance and size of species that can be
seen through out the park.
Divers will find in Los Roques a good example of Atlantic reef
and those that have had the opportunity to dive in the Pacific
or Indian Ocean reefs will quickly see some of the differences.
The number of coral species, fish and mollusks found here is
less. In Los Roques there are no anemones or stars which feed on
coral but the number of gorgonians is much higher as well as the
number of marine sponges. Another difference is the rhythm of
coral activity. In the Caribbean the greater part of corals
extends their polyps during the night while in the Pacific it is
frequent those that do it during the day. It is believed that
these differences in the number of species between the
Indian-Pacific and Atlantic are due to the fact that the
Atlantic is more recent geologically and that during the ice age
it was too cold for the survival of corals.
2 immersions a
day including boat, Dive master, lead, and tanks $65,-
LOS ROQUES "Scuba Diving
order to dive with your own equipment in Los Roques, it is
necessary to pay a small fee to the local authority (Autoridad
Unica) for the right to dive for one year in the archipelago and
then a permit from the park authority (Inparques).
° Any person who wishes to practice Scuba diving in Los Roques
must show Inparques or the diving operator a certificate
acknowledged the Venezuelan under water federation (FVAS) which
certifies that the person is capable of using the diving
Among these certificates the following may be included: PADI,
NAUI, CMAS, SSI, YMCA, NADS, and BSAC. If a person has none of
these then it will be necessary to take a diving course with one
of the parks certified instructors.
° The smallest number allowed is two persons and the maximum is
10 accompanied by a dive master.