Scuba diving in Gran Canaria
Scuba diving in Gran Canaria © Gran Canaria Tourist Board.
In Gran Canaria you can go scuba diving in a Biosphere Reserve with crystal-clear waters and a varied seabed. And thanks to its currents, large fish schools are very common.
You can get to many of the best diving spots directly from land. To get to others you will need a boat but it will be worth it because you will discover sunken ships, caves and reefs.
Diving places to get to from land
They are the best places to go snorkelling because you will be able to see different marine fauna next to the coast. The easiest diving spots are: Risco Verde, which is great at night; Taliarte, with important beds of different species; Sardina, highly recommended for underwater photography; and Las Merinas, where there are enormous anemones and small coral. Other places of interest but which require a little more experience are: El Cabrón, where there are many stony areas, groupers and moray eels; and Caleta Baja, a series of underwater ravines where you can often find angel fish and devil rays.
Diving places to get to by boat
Not far off from the coast you will find extremely beautiful places to go scuba diving. However, because they are quite deep, snorkelling is practically impossible. There are low difficulty places, such as where the sunken ship "Meteo II" can be found, about ten minutes away by boat from the Pasito Blanco marina. Another example is the "Arona", a sunken ship which is about 110 long, opposite the Las Palmas water treatment plant (near the municipality of Jinámar). The area known as La Catedral is also important, situated about 20 minutes away by boat from the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria marina, where you will find a large underwater cave. Other more difficult places to go scuba diving are the Arguineguín artificial reef and the "Cermona II". At the first one, the most interesting things are the yellowstripe grunt schools that basically form thick curtains. It is amazing to swim in them and see how the fish react. At the second one, five minutes from the port of Mogán you will be able to explore the ship control system and holds while Atlantic cornetfish swim around you.
Things to remember:
You will be able to find the approximate location of these diving spots on the map on the side.
It is advisable to find out about the weather and tide conditions before going diving.
You will be able to find a useful diving guide at the Gran Canaria tourist offices, which include contact details for scuba diving clubs on the island. You will also be able to get any kind of information you need on diving in Gran Canaria.