What you will see
Rock Formations, Sea Life, Wreck
River Gurara MV was a Nigerian cargo motor vessel that sank on 26th February 1989 in Cape Espichel, during a strong storm. This shipwreck is the most popular dive spot in the Sesimbra region, being typically the first dive for almost all dive centers.
River Gurara MV, a vessel of 175 meters was defeated by the fury of the sea and sank in winter, breaking into two parts close to Cape Espichel, on the 25th February 1989, during a strong storm.
On the way from Ivory Coast to Great Britain laden with timber, cocoa and other equatorial products, suffered a machine failure and pushed by strong seas and winds, drifted as far as the rocks of Cape Espichel, then broke in the middle, keeping its bow near the coast at an average depth of 28 meters, causing 18 victims.
River split wreck is now one of the most popular dive sites in Portugal for the observation of marine life, which adopted their debris to protect themselves, as well as for technical diving training.
You can dive and will dive, on the bow and the stern of the freighter.
In this “River Popa” section of the wreck, we can see the intact propeller in addition to a part of the machine house. There are small parts of the ship scattered around the surrounding area in all directions.
You’ll find that many species shelter in the wreck. Expect to see large Congers, Pouts, Seabreams, Wrasses, Morays, Squids, and Octopuses.
Close to this beautiful spot lies the remaining of the shipwreck, take a look at the River Proa spot.
--Photos by: Albano Mesquita, Pedro Afonso, Pedro Bernardo, Rui Guerra