Powered vessels banned from caves

WATER WORLD: One of the caves now closed to motor vessels.

AS summer approaches, Javea Council has taken the decision to ban jet skis and other motorised vessels from entering the Llop Mari and Orguens caves.

This action is being taken to protect the extremely fragile ecosystem of the cave complexes which include many rare species of plants.

Last summer it was reported that at times the caves were ‘extremely crowded’ with snorkellers, canoeists, bathers and even small motor boats in the caves at the same time. However, there has been a particular increase of tourists on jet skis entering the caves and the close proximity of powered vessels and bathers poses a risk of injury.

Another factor in the ban is that guided groups on jet skis had been visiting the caves, making entrance for small groups or individuals difficult or impossible.

Unanchored marker buoys will be used to designate the restricted zone. They are unanchored in order to protect the seabed from damage.

Enforcement of the ban will be upheld by the Local Police, some on boats and jet skis themselves – although not of course within the restricted zones. Due to a general increase in incidents involving powered vessels an increased police presence has been planned for Javea’s beaches.

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