The Marine Reserve of La Palma is a spectacular example of the natural ecosystems of the Canarian seacoast. It shelters a multitude of species of high biological interest, and discovering its seabed is a unique experience.
The Marine Reserve of La Palma exists since 2001. It covers a 15-kilometre stretch of coastline and includes the municipalities of Fuencaliente and Los Llanos de Aridane. The reserve reaches a depth of 1,000 metres and extends over 3,455 hectares on the south-western coast of the island, between Caleta de los Pájaros and Punta Gruesa.
It has a scarce marine platform and an abrupt seabed of important scenic and biological value, as well as a wide variety of marine flora and fauna, with fishing species which are difficult to observe in other western islands of the archipelago.
The reserve is integrated in another marine protected area (Franja Marina de Fuencaliente), framed within the Natura 2000 Network and the World Biosphere Reserve of La Palma.
The reserve has a Visitor Centre, located in the lighthouse of Fuencaliente, and an information office in Puerto de Tazacorte.