If you are a sea lover and you are looking for diving in Gran Canaria or snorkel, here we are going to give you all the information you need. As you may know, the Canary Islands are of volcanic origin and are located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, so you can imagine the richness of their seabed. In addition, as it has a subtropical climate, you can go scuba diving throughout the year, since the water is usually between 18 and 23 degrees. Next we are going to talk about the main areas for diving in Gran Canaria and the diving centers in Gran Canaria. Let’s go!
Diving in Gran Canaria for beginners & dive centre in Gran Canaria
There are numerous diving centers on the island, although we do not know any first-hand, since it is not one of the activities in Gran Canaria that we usually practice. In any case, we name some diving centers in Gran Canaria in case you have time to investigate a little more. They are Zeus Dive Center, Calypso, Scuba Sur Diving, 7 Mares, El Azul, Buceo Norte, etc. Many of them also offer PADI Gran Canaria (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified courses.
✔ Scuba diving in Gran Canaria south
Then you can book a course of scuba diving for beginners in Gran Canaria. This particular activity is usually done in the best snorkeling beaches such as Arinaga or on Amadores beach, depending on the weather and sea conditions. This experience of diving in Gran Canaria that we recommend includes a guide or instructor, insurance and rental of diving equipment. They can also pick you up at your hotel in the south if you are staying in San Agustín, Playa del Inglés, Meloneras and/or Maspalomas.
Regarding the duration of the dive, this one is about 30-50 minutes, it will depend on the oxygen consumption of each person. In any case, between transfers and safety explanations from the instructor, this activity of scuba diving in Gran Canaria takes around four hours. Keep in mind that no previous experience is required. Likewise, you should know that this activity cannot be carried out by children under 10 years of age.
Snorkel Gran Canaria
If diving gives you a bit of respect or you travel with small children, we suggest you start with the snorkel. You can do this activity by boat leaving from the beautiful port of Puerto de Mogán and they will take you along the coast to the virgin area of Tasarte. Snorkeling itself is usually done by anchoring in the well-known cove of El Perchel, which can only be reached by boat. Here begins the adventure of snorkeling in Gran Canaria to discover part of the island’s marine life. We recommend you to have a look at this snorkel plan with very good reviews of other travelers.
The activity lasts approximately three hours (including navigation) and you have an open bar with food and drinks. There will be another opportunity for diving in Maspalomas, for now we start with snorkeling 🙂
Diving Gran Canaria
As we told you at the beginning, the seascapes of Gran Canaria are unique for various reasons, highlighting its location in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Likewise, the good thing is that just a few meters from the coast we already have the depths of Gran Canaria within reach. According to many diving experts, on the island we have samples from all the world’s oceans.
In addition, being of volcanic origin there are many caves where the marine fauna of Gran Canaria takes refuge. Among the marine species that you will be able to see in the Canary Islands, we highlight the angel fish, the ray fish, the vieja (Canary parrot fish), the moray eel and the green peje.
On the other hand, one of the main claims among diving lovers in Gran Canaria are the wrecks. The wrecks are the remains of sunken ships and that today have become the habitat of many marine species. If you already have some experience with diving, you probably already knew this. However, it is likely that you still do not know the main diving areas of Gran Canaria. As you will be able to verify in the following lines, as it is an island with 230 kilometers of coastline, it is possible to dive in many points of Gran Canaria and we are going to tell you about them below.
Diving areas and the best beaches for snorkelling in Gran Canaria
Did you know that Gran Canaria has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2005? This is 43% of the territory and includes a large marine area on the southwest coast. Many travelers look for diving in Maspalomas because it is the main tourist center of the island and even blue water diving Gran Canaria. However, the most important dive sites in Gran Canaria are: Tufia Site of Scientific Interest (Telde), El Cabrón Nature Reserve, Risco Verde (both in Arinaga, Agüimes) and Sardina del Norte Bay.
We believe that the following list may interest you if it is your first time on the island and you want to discover blue water diving in Gran Canaria:
- Tufia beach, diving in Telde
- El Cabrón beach, diving in Arinaga
- Risco Verde, diving in Arinaga
- Sardina del Norte, diving in Gáldar
- La Catedral, diving in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
- Wrecks of Mogán
- Pasito Blanco
- Arguineguín artificial reef
We hope that this super detailed article has helped you if you are looking for diving on the island, snorkel or even try PADI open water Gran Canaria. Finally, we invite you to discover the most authentic side of Gran Canaria on your own with our guides and digital itineraries. You can take a look at all the options to be a localguider by clicking below.