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Dragonera

A cache by GassiPods Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 5/24/2007
In Islas Baleares, Spain
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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The Island

Sa Dragonera (Dragon-Island) is an uninhabited island right in front of the mid-west coast of Majorca. The 800m wide Canal de Freu flow separates the island from the quit village San Telmo (Sant Elm), therefore it can only be reached by boat.

Dragonera is approximately 3,200 mts in length, 1100 m wide and on its peak Piko Popi of a height of 360 m you will find the ancient lighthouse Na Popi (Far Vell). its name steems from the view on the island from San Telmo: The shape of a lying dragon (see picture on German edition of Wikipedia)!

Due to a hidden large fresh water cave (subterranean lake, 40m below sea level), Dragonera was used by pirates for hundreds of years as a base and place of refuge and it is said that Barbarossa has been there.

Nowadays Dragonera is a natural protection area, which you can explore by yourself, but you must not leave the paths, not disturb any animals (like the endemic Dragonera Lizard, see picture) or leave any trash behind.

Information links on Dragonera:

English: Wikipedia,

Spanish: Parque Natural de sa Dragonera

German: Wikipedia


The Quest

Waypoint 1: Snorkeling in Sant Elm

The cache itself is in the very south-west of the island Dragonera, but your search starts at this position in San Telmo:

N 39° 34.963, E 002° 20.925

Once you get there, take out your scuba diving mask (can be borrowed for a few Euros at the nearby diving school Scuba Activa, they speak German, English and Spanish). Now start searching the underwater station indicated by the photo to the right, it is about 10m from the starting point in about 2,50m depth. Embedded into the concrete you'll identify a plastic bucket, try to find out its color - that's all!

If the colour is then A is and B is
Blue 34.488 18.269
Yellow 35.053 19.023
Red 35.381 19.324
White 35.461 19.548
Green 35.699 19.041

Afterwards, have a drink at San Telmo harbour and wait for the next boat trip.
Please pay attention to the boat trip schedules (see this link), in the main season (March - November) the boat Margarita leaves every day (except Mondays and Fridays!). You should take one of the earlier ferries, due to the long hike at the island! There are also other options to get a boat trip (Watertaxi, information at Restaurante El Pescador).

Waypoint 2 (Final): Dragonera


Position of the final:  N 39° 34.A  ,   E 002° 18.B

After arrival, take a hike on the official paths to the lighthouse in the south-west end of Dragonera (80 minutes one way, almost no difference in altitude). The box is very close to the path and can be discovered by three steps on a large rock plate. Please watch out for muggles, pretend to do a break.

Skills and Gear needed

Skills and gear you definitely need for this cache:

  • You must be able to swim
  • You must be able to skin-dive (snorkeling)
  • diving mask (can be borrowed at diving school Scuba Activa, close to stage 1)

At Dragonera:

  • drinking water (at least 2 liter per person)
  • sun screen
  • head protection
  • solid shoes

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va n penpx haqrearngu fbzr ebpxf

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

 

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