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Common moray eel

Swim, Snorkel, Dive, See, Meet, Watch the Common moray eel

The Common moray eel is generally dark brown in color, sometimes shaded with purple, and marbled with white and yellow. The head is short, massive, with a rounded profile. The teeth are long and pointed. It can measure up to 1.50m. The Mediterranean moray lives on overhangs, in crevices, on wrecks, and is found from the surface to a depth of 100 m. It is very territorial, hunts at night and remains hidden during the day. Its skin is covered with mucus and deprived of scale which makes it slippery and enables it to snake among rocks. It opens and closes its mouth to breathe.


Muraena helena
Mediterranean moray, Moray eel, Muraena helena


Common moray eel is an ambush hunter, which means it remains in its burrow with its head at ground level waiting for prey to come near it. It feeds on octopus, squid, cuttlefish, fish, crustaceans and sometimes carrion. It has an acute sense of smell but is almost completely blind. It catches prey using its teeth.


Mating takes place from July to September. Common moray eel is oviparous and lays eggs of 5 mm in diameter. The larvae drift with the current for a year. They then fall to the seabed where adult life begins.

Dive centers


Eau Bleue Plongée Cavalaire
France  - Cavalaire

The Eau Bleue diving center is located 100 meters from the restaurant "La Côte à l'Os", at the end of the rue du Port, in Cavalaire. Open all year round, Eau Bleue welcomes up to 11 divers aboard the Maeva, an 11-meter speedboat, regardless of their certification. You will find the place where Gwenaël has set up his inflating station just next to the second harbor office of Cavalaire. Gwen, DEJEPS, TDI Instructor, offers IANTD and TDI training, FFESSM. He is specialized in rebreather diving with oxygen and helium stock. The Eau Bleue diving school is specialized since 2001 in mixed diving with Nitrox and Trimix. From Cavalaire, you can embark on half-day or full-day trips to explore the sites of your choice, with "à la carte dives" being preferred at the Eau Bleue diving center. Gwen will take you to discover the most beautiful dive sites of Saint-Tropez and the Golden Islands, always in a small group, and in a relaxed atmosphere. Expect also dives on the most famous wrecks of the Mediterranean. Wreck and deep diving courses are organized from April to October. [+]

  • Near Downtown area
  • Popular dive sites
  • Diving around Islands
From 35,00 €


Season Challenge Azores Islands
Azores  - Ponta Delgada

Season Challenge Azores Islands Diving Center is located on the marina Pêro de Teive, in Ponta Delgada. Vans with 6 seats are used to transport equipment and clients to their hotels, free of charge. Open all year round from 8 am to 8 pm, the centre has to change rooms with toilets and hot showers. Free tea, coffee, and water are available. See you at the booking office for land and sea activities. A PureAir certified inflation station by Bauer allows the inflation of nitrox and trimix blocks. The rental equipment is from Cressi. Embark for two dives per day, aboard two RIBs of 6 and 14 divers, each equipped with GPS, sonar, VHF, and radar. The 10-meter Challenge, with a capacity of 14 divers, is well prepared for long trips and offshore dives. The Season, 6.25 meters long, with a capacity of 6 divers, is used for small groups and coastal dives. The equipment is carried by the center. If the number of participants is sufficient, day trips are offered with lunch on board. These offshore dives, far from the coast, allow you to observe manta rays in the open sea. Accompanying persons are welcome on board if there is room. PADI courses are offered from beginner to Divemaster level as well as technical diving courses. Take the opportunity to visit Ponta Delgada and its cultural sites, hikes for all levels of difficulty with a guide, and the tour of the island by van to the village and lake of Furnas with Season Challenge Azores Islands Diving Center. [+]

  • fast boat
  • Free hotels transfer
  • PADI Training
From 45,00 €


Indigo Divers, Albufeira Dive Centre
Portugal  - Albufeira

Indigo is a PADI center located in Albufeira, on the Algarve coast in Portugal. The instructors here offer a wide range of courses from beginner to Divemaster and Instructor level. Many technical courses are given here with specialties such as Wreck, Deep, Digital Photography... Every day, small group diving trips, guided by an instructor, take place in the morning along the coast. It is possible to ask to go out in the afternoon as well. The first price of a dive is 35 euros with group discounts, packages. You get a 5% to 15% discount if you book in advance. Albufeira is the number one destination for tourists in Portugal due to the excellent restaurants, good party atmosphere in the bars, and clubs with live music of all styles during the hot summer nights. There are plenty of activities to choose from, including days at the beach, sailing along the coast to discover magical coves that are otherwise inaccessible, and playing on some of Europe's best-known golf courses. Sports such as paragliding and jet skiing are possible. [+]

  • PADI Training
  • Wrecks
  • fast boat
From 80,00 €


Village de vacances Cala Montjoi
Spain  - Roses

Cala Montjoi Diving Centre is located in a lovely holiday village nestled at the bottom of a wonderful bay Cala Montjoi, on the Costa Brava, 25 km from France. Open from April to October. The facilities are on the beach side with a compressor, rental equipment and the boat, the Montjoi, which is beached for easy boarding of divers and equipment. You are just a few steps away from your accommodation, double or quadruple rooms, and the restaurant with its magnificent buffets. If you are coming from Roses to spend the day, the car park is outside the village, but you can get to the dive centre to unload your equipment. Cala Montjoi is very suitable for groups who benefit from all the logistics of the village as well as the dive centre. Whatever your technical level, you will be able to dive around Cap Creus as all depths are represented. FEDAS, FFESSM and PADI training courses are offered, from beginner level with the Scuba Diver to Divemaster level. Children are honoured here with courses adapted to their age, from 8 years old. A beautiful playground awaits you here with 25 dive sites located in the protected reserve of Cap de Creus. After a short navigation, you explore the three most beautiful dives of the Costa Brava, El Gat, Paret del Bisbe and Punta del Mero. You will be amazed by the abundance of fauna and flora including dorados, dentis, barracudas and groupers, due to the currents and the reserve effect. Photographers will be delighted with wide-angle shots of the colourful landscape of sponges, gorgonians and coral as well as macro shots of a variety of nudibranchs. The dive sites are marked with marker buoys to preserve the environment. This prevents the anchors from scraping the bottom! [+]

  • Accomodations and diving
  • Shore diving
  • Baby Sitting
From 35,00 €


H2O Sainte Maxime
France  - Sainte Maxime

The H20 Saint Maxime diving center is located at the beginning of the Léon Condroyer quay, at the entrance of a mini shopping mall, 60 m from the harbor master's office, on the Môle, in the port of Sainte Maxime. Divers meet at the center at 9 am and 2.30 pm every day from 1 April to 30 November. The rest of the year, groups are welcome from December 1st to March 30th by appointment. Individual divers are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays. Franck welcomes you in his shop with the biggest diving brands and equipment to buy or rent. Less than 50 m from the premises, you can board one of the two diving and snorkeling boats, La Piguette and Le Cyclone, with a shower on board, for a trip of about 2h30. The H20 Sainte Maxime diving school offers training courses with FFESSM, ANPM, PADI, and SSI certifications, which are given by qualified instructors. You have access to the best diving sites of Saint-Tropez and Cavalaire on one side, and to the diving spots of Issambres on the other. You have a beautiful playground with the most beautiful wrecks in the Mediterranean, including the Aritay at 30 m, the Relax at 35 m, and the Rubis at 45 m. About forty very varied diving sites, adapted to all levels, are spread out in this area. Ask for photos and videos of your dives, as a souvenir of those good times. Don't forget your USB stick! Non-divers can walk around the center of Sainte Maxime. A special rate is granted to them if they go by boat with fins, masks, and snorkels. The H2O Sainte Maxime club is also ideal for stays without a vehicle, by staying at the Hotel des Palmiers, located 100 m away, or the Univac holiday center, which is very suitable for groups. [+]

  • Near Downtown area
  • Different diving area
  • Carry Less Equipment
From 45,00 €


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Where to see, swim, and dive with Common moray eel ?

Azores - Pico IslandAzores - Santa Maria IslandAzores - Sao Miguel IslandAzores - Terceira IslandBalearic Islands - IbizaBalearic Islands - Majorca Balearic Islands - MenorcaBalearic Islands - San TelmoBalearic Islands - the Northern Marine Reserve of MenorcaCape Verde - Sal Cape Verde - Santo AntãoCape Verde - Sao VicenteFrance - Bandol, Sanary,-sur-Mer, Six-Four-les-Plages,ToulonFrance - Carry-le-RouetFrance - Cavalaire-sur-MerFrance - CorsicaFrance - Fréjus and Saint-RaphaëlFrance - Golfe-Juan, Antibes and Villeneuve-LoubetFrance - Hyères, Bormes-les-Mimosas, La Londe-les-Maures and Le LavandouFrance - La Ciotat, Saint Cyr-les-Lecques France - Menton and MonacoFrance - Saint-TropezFrance - Snorkeling at Port-CrosPortugal - Albufeira, Quarteira, Vilamoura, FaroPortugal - Lisbon, Sesimbra, Fonta da TelhaPortugal - PenichePortugal - Ponta da Piedade, Portimão, Benagil, AlbufeiraPortugal - Sagres, Lagos, Salema, BurgauSicily - Ustica IslandSpain - Cadaques, Costa BravaSpain - Cala Joncols, Costa BravaSpain - Cala Montjoi, Costa BravaSpain - Costa BravaSpain - L’Escala, Costa BravaSpain - L'Estartit, Costa BravaSpain - Palamos, Costa Brava

Best season :

Azores - Ile Pico
Azores - Ile Santa Maria
Azores - Ile Sao Miguel
Azores - Ile Terceira
Balearic Islands - Ibiza
Balearic Islands - Majorque
Balearic Islands - Minorque
Cape Verde - Ile Sal
Cape Verde - Ile Santo Antão
Cape Verde - Ile Sao Vicente
France - Var
France - Bouches du Rhone
France - Corse
France - Alpes Maritimes
Portugal - Albufeira
Portugal - Lisbonne
Portugal - Peniche
Portugal - Portimão
Portugal - Sagres
Sicily - Ustica
Spain - Cadaqués
Spain - Cala Joncols
Spain - Cala Monjoi
Spain - El Puerto de la Selva
Spain - L’Escala
Spain - L'Estartit
Spain - Palamos