Famed for its cheese, tulips and windmills, the Netherlands is also the country of dykes and water.
In the province of Zeeland, hundreds of kilometers of dykes and dams protect the Netherlands from the sea. Together, these form the Delta Works – the largest underwater artificial reef in the world.
Because of that, it’s one of the most popular diving areas in Europe!
Colours Underwater in The Netherlands
All diving in Zeeland is done on man-made hard substrates at the base of dykes, the supports of the Zeeland Bridge, and even around hanging mussel farms.
At a distance, the waters in Zeeland are green, brown and grey. But get closer and the landscape changes colour! Underwater, the dyke is covered in a carpet of white, red, pink, purple, yellow and orange anemones, sponges and ascidians.
There are all sorts of fish, such as gobies, shannies, cottids, rock gunnels and flat fish – as well as lobsters, squat lobsters, starfish, sea slugs and prawns.
In May, the cuttlefish come to the Oosterschelde to breed. You can watch the mating ritual up close and personal.
Here in may 2015 the World Championship Underwater Photography will take place in Zeeland.
The reason for that? Most photography in Zeeland is macro and close focus wide angle.
The bottom dwellers are small and the distance to the subject is short. Given that the visibility of these waters ranges from three to ten meters, photos taken in Zeeland feature image filling subjects. The conditions in Zeeland are also challenging for lighting.
While you will need direct strong light to create contrast, the silt in the water means a greater risk of dirt and spots in the photos. Each photo requires careful consideration!
But if you have the techniques mastered, the result will be absolutely fantastic.
Above the water
Zeeland has wide, clean, easily accessible and sandy beaches, but there are also isolated coves. Where you can let the sound of the surf wash right over you and busy beaches with an excellent choice of sporting activities.
Zeeland has it all!
Soak up the spring sunshine, lounge at a stylish beach club or dive into the waves. Whatever you choose, the superb sand and sea is here all year round!
What is your favorite European Dive spot?
Have you ever dived in the Netherlands or some other parts of Europe? What is your favorite dive place?