Gran Canaria is not a place you would think of first when planning your Scuba diving holidays, but you'll be shocked at the amount of marine life here. Every dive you see something special and something new. The water temperature is around 22-24 degrees nearly all year round with very clear waters, giving perfect visibility and the perfect conditions for scuba diving on Gran Canaria. Join Extreme Sports Cafe and her partner Gran Canaria Dive Centre for your scuba diving holidays on Gran Canaria.
There are some great scuba dives in the South of the island including wrecks, reefs wall and caves. In the East there is El Cabron at the village of Arinaga, which is one of only three Marine Reserves in the Canary Islands. The North also has lots of wreck and reefs to offer all levels of divers, including Manta Rays in the months of September through to November.
Some of the marine life you will see when you are scuba diving on Gran Canaria includes Angel Sharks, Logger Head Turtles, Common Rays, Bull Rays, Sting Rays, Manta Rays, Bottle Nose Dolphin, Common Dolphins, Octopus, Cuttlefish, Morays, Barracuda, Trumpet Fish, Parrot fish, Groupers, Puffers, Sea Horses and many more...
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Arguineguin Reef, our house reef (Boat dive)
The reef is right in front of our partner Gran Canaria Scuba Diving Centre just a short boat ride out. The reef starts at a depth of 12m and continues down to 16m. You will always find shoals of Barracuda, Reef fish, octopus and cuttlefish.
Amadores (Shore dive)
Amadores Beach is a man made white sand beach, all of which was imported from the Sahara making it look truly beautiful. To stop the sand from being washed back into the sea, a break water has been built across the bay and on which there is a variety of marine life. Max depth is 15m.
Artificial Reef (Boat dive)
Artificial reef is a man made reef constructed by the university of Las Palmas. It is made up of a large number of different shaped concrete blocks which have been set out on the sea bed. Max depth is 23m. Although this is a man made reef there's a vast number of marine life living on it, in the winter months this is the best place to see Angel Sharks buried in the sand.
The Blue Bird (Boat dive)
This is a ferry which was sunk in an area near Mogan. She lies broken up at a depth of 47m on a sandy bottom. There are no reefs near by so all the marine life congregates around this out crop on an otherwise sandy bottom.
- Please note: Only experienced divers (min advanced with 150dives) can make this dive. Log books will be inspected prior to allowing you to dive.
Caleta (shore dive)
This is one for Scuba Divers who love Manta Rays (Manta Mobula). It's a very tricky entry/ exit but once you're in the water it's very easy. Between the months of September to November you can sit on the sandy bottom and watch as shoals of Mantas fly over the top of you. If you stay still and don't make any sudden movements, they will come very close to you.
- There is also a very good reef/ cave dive here as well which is a must for photographers. With large shoals of reef fish and sighting of Greater Amber Jacks.
El Goro (shore dive)
This is an area of amazing beauty. A place where you can still see all of the layers of laver flow, from when the volcano was active. With caves and caverns all around, there’s always Rays to be found. A very easy dive for the whole family with lots to see.
El Pajar Wreck (Boat dive)
This is the wreck of a Russian hydrofoil ferry which sank in 2003. She sits upright at a depth of 18m and is a length of 30m. The wreck can be penetrated in a number of places including through the large panoramic windows. The interior is still intact and you can see the seating, toilet area, bridge and engine room.
Mogán Wrecks (Boat dive)
There are two wrecks sunk at Mogán, both were sunk for the Submarine tours from Mogán Harbour. The old wreck is now broken up, but the new one is a large fishing vessel, both are at a depth of 19m. They are covered in marine life as the Submarine tour feeds the fish over the wrecks to attract them for the tourists. The marine life has everything possible in large numbers and we try to time the dive so that the Submarine is there at the same time. How cool is that!
Mogán Caves (Boat dive)
There are two caves which are really one, but with two openings with a maximum depth of 21m and the openings at 15m. There's lots of marine life to be seen hiding in the darkness.
Pasito Blanco (Boat dive)
Pasito Blanco reef starts at 16m and slopes away to 23m. There's always large shoals of Yellow Gunter's, Reef fish, Stingrays, Moray Eels and Barracudas circling over head. Rays are often also found whilst you are scuba diving on this reef.
Las Palmas Wrecks (Boat dive)
Las Palmas is the second largest port in Europe with the ship wrecks to prove it. These wrecks are for the more experienced diver, max depth is 40m. The guides can tell you about their history and guide you round them safely. They include the Calais and Arona, both of which are large cargo ships.
Las Palmas, The Cathedral (Boat dive)
This is also a dive for the more experienced Scuba Diver, max depth is 42m. There are a number of very large arches joining together in the middle, which create a Cathedral with shafts of sun light shinning through all the arches. There are also many caves which twist around the arches which gives you plenty of opportunities to explore.
Sardina de Norte (Shore dive)
This is one of the most best kept dive site secrets of Gran Canaria. Max depth 18m. Once a busy fishing harbour but now a shelter for a vast array of marine life. Also being the closest point to Tenerife there's always large pelagic species passing through the gap between the islands.
El Carbon Marine Reserve (Shore dives)
El Carbon is one of only three marine reserves in The Canary Islands. Classed as a site of special scientific interest by the European Union on the 28th December 2001. There are no boats or fishing allowed.
Just a few of the dive sites available in the reserve (all shore dives)
The dive starts in the bay at Arinaga and is a maximum depth of 15m ( ideal for those less experienced or a second dive of the day).
This is one of the best dives in the reserve, but can only be done if the conditions are good. The dive starts at 3m then drops off to a max depth of 25m.
Hole in the Wall
This is a great dive which starts off with a reef on your left which comes up 2m from the sandy bottom. The max depth is 24m. There is a hole in the wall which you can swim through taking you to the other side of the main reef and also into a cave which has a chimney up through the main reef allowing natural light in.
This is a long dive to the other side of the main reef. The max depth is 24m. You need to be good on air to make it there and back.
This is a deep, long dive for the experienced diver. It's a roller coaster ride drop down to 30m where there are Gorgonians of up to 2m wide and also common to this area are Marbled Electric Ray's.
These are to name but a few of the great dive sites El Carbon has to offer. For Scuba Divers of all levels, there are dives for everyone. If you want to do a specific dive, then please ask and we will do everything we can to give you the dive you want!
Scuba Diving Holidays Gran Canaria, from Extreme Sports Cafe
Scuba Diving Holidays Gran Canaria, from Extreme Sports Cafe