Swim and Dive with Great barracuda

Swim and Dive with Great barracuda

Giant barracuda attacks with torpedo like speed
Giant barracuda attacks with torpedo like speed

Great barracuda

Swimming, Snorkeling and Diving to See and Observe the Great barracuda

The great barracuda is found in all oceans and seas in tropical environments, except for the Eastern Pacific. It swims at speeds of 40 km/h when on a hunt or when it feels threatened. The barracuda is a day hunter. It has a developed sight, which can spot prey within 100 m. It can live for 15 years. The great barracuda can reach a length of 2 m and a weight of 40 kg.
The barracuda is recognizable by its elongated shape, a silver-grey body with black stripes. It may seem impressive due to a very apparent dentition, but it does not represent any danger for the diver!
When they reach adulthood, they become solitary and live a solitary life in open waters. They can migrate over several hundred miles.


Sphyraena barracuda

Wide angle

Barracuda, Bécune, Brochet de mer, Great barracuda, Commerson’s sea pike, Sphyraena barracuda


It’s a carnivorous predator that feeds on fish and cephalopods. It’s an ambush hunter. It dwells in coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons or in harbors, between 10 and 25 m deep and hunts during the day instead.


The Great barracuda reaches sexual maturity at two to five years depending whether it is a male or a female. Common specimens are 60 cm long. It belongs to the oviparous species. Females secrete around a hundred eggs at each parturition. Males fertilize them as soon as they are secreted. The eggs hatch after forty days. The larvae develop and migrate with the currents. They do not have teeth at birth, they only appear around the fourth month, then they become independent. The larvae are pelagic and gather in shoals. They hide in the mangroves. Then, around the age of three, they reach a length of 30 cm and return to the open sea.

Dive centers

H2O Sainte Maxime

– 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
NTR Dive

– Cavalaire


NTR DIVE, directed by Raphaël Rousselle, is a diving school specialized in Nitrox, Trimix, Rebreather diving.
It is a concept of itinerant Tek diving school, that is to say that you can choose the places of your explorations and your trainings among the list of the partner centers: CIP Nice, Subvision in Golfe Juan, CIP Fréjus, Club Sous L’eau in Saint-Raphaël, Easy Dive in Cannes and Juan les Pins, la Rague plongée in Mandelieu la Napoule, H20 Sainte-Maxime, Tiki Dive in Cavalaire, Eau Bleue in Cavalaire, Be Free to dive in Villeneuve Loubet, le Gîte de plongée du Gapeau, Saint P’hyères Plongée in. .. Hyères.
NTR DIVE offers you a tailor-made service of training and exploration dedicated to Tek, Nitrox and Trimix diving, in open circuit and rebreather.
The services also include the sale, rental, and maintenance of top-of-the-range equipment.
This school offers you its training courses with certifications from the different organizations IANTD and FFESSM/CMAS. Raphy is an approved technician of the biggest brands of teak equipment and shares his expertise with you as an official dealer of rEvo and AP diving rebreathers. [+]

  • Tek training abroad
  • Lake diving
  • Tek travel
TGI Mersa Alam

– Marsa Alam


TGI Diving center is located near the airport of Marsa Alam, Egypt, inside the Sea Club Gorgonia Beach Resort Hotel. The resort is located on the edge of a beautiful natural bay connected to a series of lagoons opening onto reefs full of life.
The diving center includes a store, reception, a room to store, and rinse your equipment, toilets and shower rooms, a classroom equipped with audiovisual teaching aids. Here you can rent recent diving equipment.
The training sessions as well as some explorations take place on the hotel’s House reef, accessible from the beach. Experienced instructors offer you SSI training courses ranging from the free pool initiation, Try scuba, to the Divemaster. You have the choice with many specialties such as deep diving, night diving, wreck diving…
Thanks to a unique location near the protected underwater park of Marsa Alam, various excursions are offered both in diving and snorkeling. You can also take a minibus to explore the dive sites around the nearest bays. Full-day boat trips, including 2 dives, take place in Wadi Gimal Park and to the Elphinstone site.
You also have the possibility to swim and dive with longirostris dolphins at Sha’ab Samadai, at the Dolphin House, or to meet a dugong at Marsa Abu Dabab, in Dugong Bay. The sites are adapted according to the levels of the divers. Regarding accommodation, you will find at the Sea Club Gorgonia Beach Resort all the necessary comfort for your stay, with air-conditioned rooms and satellite TV. Various activities and excursions are offered to non-divers, such as lazing on the beach, water sports… [+]

  • Accomodations
  • Protected Marine Park
  • Nautical activities
Espace Plongée Martinique

– Martinique


The diving centre Espace Plongée Martinique is located in Trois-Îlets, Martinique. At 8.30 am and 2 pm, embark from the Pointe du Bout Marina for half-day diving trips. In general, you will explore sites along the southwestern side of Martinique, bathed by the Caribbean Sea, up to the Rocher du Diamant. The diving equipment, disinfected after each trip, is provided by the center, except for the dive computer and the lamp. The groups are organized according to the level of the divers. The boats of the club Espace Plongée Martinique, with capacities of 40 and 25 people, are also dedicated to groups, in a very friendly atmosphere!
Day trips are organized once a week, with 2 wreck and reef dives, to the north, to Saint-Pierre and Prêcheur, to discover wrecks such as the Roraïma, dating from the volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée. The return trips at the end of the day are an opportunity to have a very nice aperitif on board the boat. Photographers enjoy underwater landscapes with large yellow, pink and brown sponges.
Once a week, night dives are offered to observe the fluorescent plankton. The Espace Plongée Martinique training center also offers courses for children, from Bronze Diver to Gold Diver. You can also discover the underwater world with a first dive. And if this experience appeals to you, don’t hesitate to take an Open Water Diver course and even continue to the professional level of Divemaster! [+]

  • Comfortable boat
  • Between 30 and 40 dive sites
  • No equipment carrying

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