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There is so much to see and do in the Canary Islands, and La Palma is certainly worth a visit.   Sometimes it can be hard to find what you are looking for when it comes to your boat, so maybe think about stopping in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria for major works and repairs.

La Palma has an area of 706 km2 making it the fifth largest of the seven main Canary Islands.


La Palma, like the other islands of the Canary Island archipelago, is a volcanic ocean island. The volcano rises almost 7 km (4 mi) above the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. There is road access from sea level to the summit at 2,423 m (7,949 ft), which is marked by an outcrop of rocks called Los Muchachos ("The Lads").

It is no coincidence that La Palma island is known as “La isla bonita”, or the pretty island. Home to almost intact natural resources, with landscapes of remarkable beauty, La Palma is the green island which reveals a multitude of colors beneath one of the best skies in the world in terms of astronomic observation. For this reason, you won’t be surprised to find that the most important astrophysics observatories in the northern hemisphere are situated here. The Island has one of the biggest volcanic craters in the world, which is also a National Park, on the steep sides of which there are splendid examples of the canary pine, a species of tree that only grows in the Canaries.



WIND ACCELERATION ZONES (WAZ) - CANARY ISLANDS


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The north easterly trade winds dominate the weather pattern, however, wind acceleration zones do affect this. The trade winds are most dominant during the spring and summer, with the strongest being in July. The northerly islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which are a mere 60 miles from the African coast, tend also to be hit by the southeasterly Sirocco, this creates confused conditions (for short periods).



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GENERAL INFORMATION
Airport
Click here for google map
Buses
Click here for google map
Taxis
www.taxilapalma.com
Police & Emergency
Emergency services: Tel. 112
Pharmacy








www.farmaciasdecanarias.es
Consulates
SEE BELOW

Santa Cruz de La Palma

Marina La Palma  Dársena de Embarcaciones Menores Puerto de Santa Cruz de La Palma CP:38700  Santa Cruz de La Palma  info@marinalapalma.es
T. (+34) 922 410 289  or F. (+34) 922 41 59 73











Health Centre
Health Centre – S/C de La Palma: Tel. 922 420318
Dentists
Dr. Aroldo Felipe Govantes
C/ DIAZ PIMIENTA 10 2 A, S/C de la Palma – Tel: 922414005

Clinica Dental Cabrera Perez-Camacho La Palma
C/Avda Puente 39-A-2 S/C de La Palma – Tel: 922 411 323

Clinica Dental El Cordial
Avda. El Puente, 29, 1º Piso (local 18), – Tel: 922 106105

Puerto Tazacorte

Puerto de Tazacorte s/n 38779
(+34) 922 480 386
(+34) 922 480 807
informacion@puertotazacorte.com
VHF Ch. 9 - 16
















Marina La Palma (a Calero Marina)


28º 40’ 5” N / 17º 45’ 8” W




You will find the marina inside and at the  end of the commercial port Santa Cruz.

The port sees a degree of activity with ferries, cruise-liners, container ships and fishing boat traffic and so it is best to contact the Port Traffic Control on VHF ch.06 to inform them of your movements – both prior to entry and when leaving the marina.

The entire entry channel access to the marina, including the marina basin has at least 8m depth. The mouth of the marina can be seen to port (W) as you approach and is marked with entry lights:


Fl(2)R.7s 4m 3M (Red pyramid 5m )
Fl(2)G.7s 4m 3M (Green pyramid 5m )

Call on VHF ch.09 to communicate entry and dock staff will meet you in the marina to help with lines. (Marina Office tel nº: +34 922 410 289)

The marina office is straight ahead as you enter the marina, with the visitors’ alongside floating pontoon situated in front of it. The channel is clear with at least 8m depth. The fuel dock can be found on the right side of the marina building to the right of the visitors’ dock.



Marina Office hours:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 13:00 / 17:00 – 19:00
Saturdays – 09:00 – 13:00
Sundays – Closed
Fuel dock hours:

Monday to Saturday 08:00 – 20:00 / 08:00 – 15:30 Sundays.


Marina La Palma, on the east coast of La Palma and the gateway from the sea to the charming town of Santa Cruz de la Palma, is perfectly positioned at only 15 minutes’ drive from the airport and at the end of the scenic capital’s waterfront.

If arriving from the airport, take the main road north, following directions towards Santa Cruz de la Palma. The marina is visible upon approaching the town, tucked inside the basin of the commercial port.



Puerto Tazacorte


28º 40’  N / 17º 57’ W



Located in the west of the island of La Palma, where the ocean offers an incomparable environment and impressive views and sunsets. You can enjoy the unique nature at its best here. This port provides a family and sporty atmosphere.

Call on VHF Ch. 9 or 16 when entering the port.




Worried about Cumbre Vieja volcano?



The latest press scare stories were caused by a series of small earthquakes deep inside La Palma island. They happened 14 kilometres under the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the far south of the island.Press reports about a megatsunami are based on a scientific study, published in 1999, that speculated about the possibility that La Palma's western flank is unstable and could collapse. Subsequent studies have shown that there isn't a fault and that a sudden collapse just isn't going to happen.Geologists believe that the island needs to grow in height by another 1000 metres before it became unstable. That's going to take between 10,000 and 50,000 years.Research around the world has found that big landslides caused by volcanoes are extremely rare. Even unstable volcanoes tend to fall apart in bits rather than collapse in one go.


Will La Palma's Cumbre Vieja volcano erupt soon?


This volcano last erupted in 1971 (and before that in 1949) and is still geologically active. It will erupt again at some point and seems to go off about once every 70-200 years on average. However, these eruptions are not huge and don't cause tsunamis or big earthquakes. This is an important point if you are planning a Canary Islands holiday and are worried about lava in the swimming pool. There is no way that an eruption in La Palma will affect any of the other Canary Islands. It's just not how things work. El Hierro erupted in 2011 and nothing happened on La Palma. When La Palma erupted in 1971, nothing happened on any of the other Canary Islands.


What about the earthquakes?


Small earthquakes inside volcanoes are common and don't mean that an eruption is imminent. So far, there is no evidence that there is a new up-welling of magma under La Palma island: The amount of CO2 gas that it emits hasn't risen and the island isn't deforming like it would if magma was pushing upwards.At the moment, we have no idea what caused the quakes but it could well have just been an internal rockslide. Vulcanologists are monitoring Cumbre Vieja's CO2 and deformation levels and announce their findings publicly every few days.


What happens if the La Palma volcano erupts?


Not that much apart from the lava, ash and smoke. Nobody knows exactly where the next volcano will form or how long the eruption will last. What we do know is that there is no chance that an eruption on La Palma will trigger a vast landslide and a megatsunami. An eruption would cause major upheaval in south La Palma (where lots of the islands best wine is made) but won't affect Tenerife or Gran Canaria.





LINKS


SEISMIC ACTIVITY ON LA PALMA

October 2017 has seen a lot of deep seismic activity on the island.  For more information click the links below.


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                        canaryislands volcano seismic erruptions www.involcan.org

Canary islands institute of volcanology (Spanish language)

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                        activitycanary islands sailing the atlanticwww.volcanodiscovery.com (English Language)

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WALKS IN LA PALMA
OUTDOOR ACTIVITES
HISTORIC SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA
LA PALMA BY BIKE