The island’s perfect climate and warm ocean water all year round creates great opportunities to practise water sports. If you are interested in seeing marine species from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean or shipwrecks, diving in Gran Canaria is a must for you. There is a possibility to see rays, turtles, barracuda and a lot of different tropical fishes or even a shark.
Both of snorkelling and scuba diving is available in Gran Canaria. There are many diving centres on the island, where you can rent all the necessary equipment or get the lessons from an instructor. If you want to go scuba diving in Gran Canaria, one of PADI, CUC, CMAS/FEDAS or SSI certificate is needed.
These are one of the best and most popular places for diving in Gran Canaria:
El Cabrón, located on the east coast of the island, near the town of Arinaga. There you can see various marine species, such as barracudas and almaco jacks.
Las Palmas, especially the peninsula of La Isleta. If you are interested in shipwrecks, then this is the place for you.
La Baja de Pasito Blanco, situated on the southern part of Gran Canaria, in the west of Maspalomas. It is a sandy area, perfect for taking pictures underwater.
Artificial Reef. If you are going to dive in Pasito Blanco, you should also consider visiting this neighbouring place. Artificial Reef was created by the University Of Las Palmas as an initiative to protect rare marine species from intensive fishing. Concrete blocks were sunk to build a reef which became a refuge to barracuda, rays or even angel sharks.
Sardina del Norte, on the north coast, near the town of Gáldar. Abundance of marine life makes it one of the most popular spot for diving in Gran Canaria. This is also a wonderful place for night dives and underwater photography lovers.
Arguineguin Reef, located at the opposite of a little town of Arguineguin. It will take you about 15 minutes by boat to get to the reef, which runs about 700 meters from east to west. There is a possibility to see a rare porcupine fish, puffer fish, octopus, cuttlefish, trumpet fish and many other marine species.
With 236 kilometres of coastline, there are a lot of suitable places for diving in Gran Canaria, such as Mogan, Amadores beach, Veneguera beach, Manta bay, Tufia and many others.