Gran Canaria scuba diving will allow you discover a complete and rich new world unknown to many. Why not immerse yourself into this silent world that offers you the chance of seeing rays, octopuses, barracudas as well as hidden undersea, caverns, caves and wrecked ships. It is definitely not the side of Gran Canaria tourists usually see, but with no doubt one of the best unknown secrets the island has to offer.
There are several scuba diving academies in Gran Canaria where you
can take lessons and obtain a diving license if you do not have one.
The best places for Gran Canaria scuba diving tend to be of course
those least visited by tourists. If interested in Gran Canaria wildlife
you may want to head to the north coast to Sardina or Las Merinas, el
La Catedral in Las Palmas or Arguineguin down south. If wrecked ships
is what you are more in to then you do not want to miss Angela Pando
or el Kalais in Las Palmas.
Below is a description of places for Gran Canaria scuba diving:
Cermona II, a 32 meter wrecked ship located 20 meters underwater.
Arguineguin artificial reef - built in the early 90s, this artificial reef hosts enormous fish banks and octopuses.
Meteor II - Russian ship wrecked in 2003. There is no need to be a professional scuba diver to visit this vestige inhabited by rays and barracudas.
Risco Verde (Arinaga) - ideal for beginners and families, there
is hardly any current in this area which is close to Playa el Cabrón.
This areas can be scuba dived at night too and has many caves and tunnels.
This area is so rich in fish that it has been declared that, in the near future, it may be named the Marine Reserve of Arinaga.
Taliarte - one of the easiest places to scuba dive in Gran Canaria,
this rocky area is ideal for night scuba diving when you can see:
Arona wreck, Las Palmas - this giant ship sunk over 40 years
ago and remains in good condition. You can dive no less than 36 meters
when checking out this 110 meter long vessel!
La Catedral (The Cathedral) - just off the la Isleta, this area
is known for its stunning views, tunnels and caves that reach no less
than 50 metres below the sea.
Baja Fernando, Las Palmas - an undersea reef that must be accessed by boat. The area is known for its rich variety of sea plants.
Caleta Baja - located on the northeast of Gran Canaria, scuba
diving here is simply breathtaking given the variety and quantity of
wildlife there is to see. See how sting rays dance around you while
you immerse yourself in one of the richest sea areas of Gran Canaria.
Sardina - this bay located in Gáldar is one of the most
popular areas for scuba divers on the island. It's Ideal for starters
and for those interested in taking underwater pictures given that the
area is protected from the wind! It's easy to enter and exit the water
as there are some steps on the local port. The list of fish and sea
creatures to see here is literally endless
Las Merinas, Agaete - located behind the renowned Dedo de Dios
(God's Finger), this rocky area which can be sometimes seen emerging
above the sea offers several interconnected tunnels inhabited with corals.
Agaete is also perfect for snorkeling given its crystal clear water.