Commonly known as a destination for the partying tourist, Gran Canaria has been the hub of holidaying Europeans for many years. However, step out of the party scene and away from the hotels and Gran Canaria is one of the best diving spots in the world.
Gran Canaria is jam packed with marine life. With a vast array of species coming in all colours and sizes, these aquatic inhibitors make it a fascinating dive site for the pro’s and novices among us.
The diving season runs from April through to October. Many recommend that a week is needed to visit there and take in all it has to offer. Water temperatures may reach up to 23-25C toward the end ofsummer but can drop below 18C during the winter. Wearing a 5mm full bodysuit when diving here is advised.
With a maximum depth of 12m, this is the perfect spot for beginner divers to practice their breathing techniques and become acquainted with their new equipment, as well as being ideal for the more experienced to brush up on their basics. The bay slopes down to a rocky area that includes a small breakwater wall; home to some parrotfish, puffer fish, and even small octopus.
Dropping to 14m, Risco Verde is located on the outskirts of the town Arinaga. Resting on the edge of the beach promenade, you will be able to navigate between rock crevices and come face to face with sholes of barracuda and perhaps stingrays.
On the North side of the island, this top spot is based near a cute little harbour with some small cafes and restaurants; great for getting your breath back. One of the best places to see my favourite fish, angel sharks, Sardina Del Norte is a fantastic 18m dive.
Created by ambitious university students as a scientific experiment in 1994 this 22m dive is a great spot to find some interesting artefacts as well as rubbing fins with moray eels, cuttlefish, and perhaps octopus if you dive deep enough into its 22m maximum abyss.
As the name hints towards this particular territory is the home to some of the most colourful and rare seahorses in the country. Its maximum depth is about 23m and with a little perseverance, you will be audience to a beautiful show of these creatures.
The deepest measurement in the El Cabron reserve, the ‘coral dive’ slopes very subtly making it a slow one, perhaps only suited for the more experienced. A great spot to bump into trumpet fish, you should also be lucky enough to find more than one large octopus creeping around. The corals gorgonians of varying colours are roughly stationed at about 30m deep so as mentioned before, make sure you are confident in your diving skills before trying to attempt the coral dive.
The wrecks of Gran Canaria are, to put bluntly, awesome. Favoured by the more history-flavoured divers, there are some great wreckages to visit.
If you’re traveling around the area of Mogun, then hunt out ‘the blue bird.’ Resting patiently at a depth of 50m and 30m in length, this once chirpy ferry is a popular hangout for some magnificent creatures. Some examples of what you may come across are barracudas, stingrays, angel sharks, and amber jacks.
Sunk in 2003, this Russian oil tanker surprisingly dropped reasonably intact. In fact, the bars and even seating for the passengers are still available to sit at. Having a visible, barely eroded engine, many divers spend their time trying to find any missed hidden treasures. Huge barracuda and a large shole of roncadores normally surround the tanker.
As you can now see Gran Canaria is more than just karaoke bars and late night rave-ups. Why not try something different in a land of such true beauty?
This article was written by Misty Angel on behalf of Travel Republic, who offer some of the best Holidays to Gran Canaria. Misty Angel is a seasoned traveller, having visited many of the world’s travel destinations.
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