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Top 4 Locations for scuba diving Gran Canaria

Are you an advanced certified diver looking for some scuba diving or a beginner looking to begin scuba diving Gran Canaria? Then look no further. Leagues Ahead Diving have compiled a list of the four best dive sites around the island that will suit all of your needs. Find your favourite one and contact us to book the right scuba diving package based on your experience for any of these 4 locations.

If you would like to book one of these four dives, a PADI scuba diving course or any other dive site on our website don't hesitate to contact us here. 

*The difficulty rating does not imply that the dive site is dangerous. You should always dive within your limits and training qualification. In the guide, the difficulty rating applies to the fact that the dive site has a greater maximum depth or that the entry to the dive site itself is more challenging than an easy calm beach entry ( which would be rated a one star like Amadores.) Enjoy the guide!

Amadores

Amadores Beach
★✰✰✰✰

Tufia

Tufia
★★✰✰✰

El Cabron

El cabron Beach
★★★★✰

La Catederal

La CAthederal las palmas
★★★★★

Scuba Diving Gran Canaria - Amadores

Difficulty rating  = ★✰✰✰✰

Amadores easy beach while scuba diving gran canaria
Amadores Beach

Playa de Amadores, nestled between Puerto Rico and Playa de Mogan is an 800m long beach constructed from coral sand imported from the Sahara. This dive site in Gran Canaria is perfect for those beginning their diving careers or those looking to refresh their skills. It is also suitable for qualified divers wanting to explore scuba diving Gran Canaria.

What is the entry to the dive site like?

Amadores is a sandy beach shore entry.

  • We will kit up at the van.
  • Then a short 2 minute walk from the carpark to the entry point which is located on the left side of the beach (see the picture.)
  • You will enter the water and slowly walk in until the water is about a  metre deep, taking the weight from your BCD.
  • At this point, we will put on our fins and begin the dive.
  • The water conditions here are always flat and calm.

What diving route will we take?

There are several fantastic routes. Depending on what level of diver you are and what sort of dive you are interested in. The most common route is outside the bay on the left arm. This has a maximum depth of 13m and allows you to explore the marine life hiding in the breakwater.

  • We will swim out of the bay past the pedalos.
  • Descend to 12m where we will then follow the breakwater out along the left arm of the bay.
  • The topography to your left on this dive consists of an artificial reef allowing you to identify plenty of marine life that Gran Canaria is renowned for.
  • If you look to your right on this dive you will see a sandy bottom where stingrays and Angel sharks like to hide.

What marine life can I expect to see?

Amadores is home to an outstanding variety of marine life. Our divers are always greeted by the variety of marine life you can expect when scuba diving Gran Canaria.

  • At 5 metres and approximately five minutes into the dive, you will be greeted by a large shoal of Juvenile sleeping fish.
  • As we are diving towards the outside of the bay we will see large amounts of Cuttlefish and Octopus.
  • Once outside the bay, you will be enthralled by huge numbers of Atlantic Damsel Fish, Blue-fin Damsel Fish, Rainbow Wrasse and Parrot Fish. Enjoy!

Diving Gran Canaria

Scuba Diving Gran Canaria - Tufia

Difficulty rating = ★★✰✰✰scuba diving gran canaria tufia

It has a maximum depth of 22m. Located in the town of Tufia in the North of the island.

Is the entry difficult?

The entry is not difficult.

  • Like Amadores Bay, it is a beach entry.
  • It is a little more exerting than Amadores Bay because of a hill you have to walk down to get to the dive site and of course, walk back up once the dive is completed!

What is the dive route?

This dive site has two different routes. One route has a maximum depth of 22m so we recommend this to certified divers Open Water or above. The second dive has a maximum depth of 12m so is perfect for those who are of a Scuba Diver rating or those who are looking to refresh their skills.

  • The most common route we dive follows a deeper volcanic reef to a maximum depth of 22m.
  • A beautiful cavern that is located at 15m depth is a point of interest for our divers.
  • The cavern is large enough for divers to be able to swim through it.
  • It is home to stingrays and Rhoncodurus.
  • We provide divers with torches allowing them to spot all the hidden marine life you can expect to see when scuba diving Gran Canaria.

What is good about this dive site?

This dive site in Gran Canaria was created by a volcanic eruption. Because of the eruption, this dive site epitomises what scuba diving Gran Canaria is like.

  • Tufia is a protected site. It has been protected since 1973 by the government as it contains remains of aboriginal life.
  • The volcanic rock sculpture is the perfect habitat for the rich marine life of Gran Canaria to inhabit.

What is the marine life like in Tufia?

Tufia is home to an abundance of marine life.

  • It is not uncommon to spot an Angel shark hiding on the reef below.
  • We are fortunate enough to spot the giant stingrays which our divers can expect to see when they book a dive in Gran Canaria.
  • On rare occasions, you can spot turtles.

Scuba Diving Gran Canaria – El Cabron

Difficulty rating ★★★★✰

It is an extremely safe dive site if you listen to our instructors who have dived there hundreds of times. The maximum depth is 27m and El Cabron was voted one of the top ten dive sites in Europe. If you are looking to dive in Gran Canaria then this is a site you do not want to miss. It is only one of three marine reserves in the Canary Islands. There are ten different routes, each route offering something different. Experience and weather conditions determine the dives that are recommended on a specific day. Below we will describe 3 different entry points and their difficulty rating

Discovery Bay ★✰✰✰✰

If you are a scuba diver or have not dived in a while we recommend Discovery Bay. Discovery Bay is an easy beach entry combined with the impressive rock formations you would expect from El Cabron.

Punta De La Monja ★★★✰✰

  • This entry is a rocky shore entry leading to impressive arches that you can swim through (featured in the first section of the video.)
  • This dive is the perfect depth for recreational diving with a maximum depth of 21m.
  • This will allow us to dive for around 40-50 minutes depending on air consumption. With no need to turn around on a half tank.
  • We exit this dive on Discovery Bay Beach making the exit extremely easy.

 The Table Top ★★★★✰

  •  This entry is a rocky shore entry and exit. Commonly referred to as the Bath Tub.
  • The entrance is extremely safe if you listen to our instructors who have dived this entry hundreds of times.
  • This dive spot will include visits to caves, barracudas and the possibility of Angel sharks and stingrays.
  • Cliffs surrounded by thousands of grunts (featured at 1:02 in the video.)

What is the topography of El Cabron like?

El Cabron is located by the Montana de Arinaga. When you arrive at this dive site in Gran Canaria you can expect to be surprised at the lack of tourism and stunned by the beauty of the landscape. Once underwater you will be treated with a variety of arches, caves and cliffs, that really epitomise what scuba diving Gran Canaria is like.

What marine life will I see in this marine reserve?

Marine life thrives in El Cabron because of its marine reserve title.

  • Species originate from the Atlantic, Africa and the Caribbean.
  • Because of the impressive landscape, you can expect to see plenty of Moray eels and octopus.
  • The sea-grass is home to stingrays and angel sharks, so keep your eyes peeled!
Angle Shark Scuba diving gran Canaria
Common Angel Shark Squatina squatina. El Cabron Marine Park, Arinaga, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Scuba Diving Gran Canaria – La Catederal

Difficulty rating = ★★★★★

The dive is not challenging if you are comfortable and dive within your limits. La Catedral has a maximum depth of 40 metres and is home to Gran Canarias most breathtaking landscape.

How do I get to the dive site?

Boat! The dive site is located in La Isleta peninsula just to the north of the capital city Las Palmas and a boat ride of approximately 45 minutes brings us to the dive site.

What is the topography like on La Catedral?

This dive in Gran Canaria is renowned for its mass of caves, arches and crevices. The structure is over 30 metres high. The volcanically formed arches epitomise what diving Gran Canaria is like. You are enthralled by volcanic structures large enough to swim through (don’t forget your torch!)

Will we be guided on the dive?

Of course! Our instructor will guide you on the most suitable route for your certification level. You will be guided through the arches and caverns.

What will I see?

Lots! During the dive, you will be enthralled by swarms of fish including Sleeping Fish. It is common to spot stingrays and moray eels hiding in the volcanic crevices. And schools of sardines and barracuda. Check out our video about diving La Catedral to see just a small variety of the marine life that is typical when diving Gran Canaria.La catederal

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