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Maspalomas is the sunshine pocket of Gran Canaria, with an average of 320 days of sunshine, sand dunes and endless shops and restaurants, it is the perfect Summer or Winter break for tourists. But does Maspalomas have any scuba diving sites?

staying in Maspalomas? you won't want to miss the dive siteS El Cabron OR TUFIA!

Map of el cabron
Tufia a dive site in gran canaria


Maspalomas is only a 20- minute drive from the top dives sites in Gran Canaria!

Leagues Ahead diving offer free hotel collections to and from our dive center, which is only an 8-minute drive from all major hotels in Maspalomas! We reguarly collect divers from hotels such as the Maspalomas Princess, Tabaiba Princess, and Maspalomas club suites and spa hotel!

Read about our Top 4 Dive sites in Gran Canaria here!

We dive 6 Days a week and provide free hotel transfers from Maspalomas!

Why choose leagues ahead diving for your diving excursion from Maspalomas?

Axel L
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Can't Ask For A Better Experience

The first was a beginner shore dive from the lovely beach of Tufia, a short drive away from the dive center. Our dive master, Paulo, expertly communicated dive theory and safety to my wife, who was a little nervous going into the experience. Paulo put my wife at ease, and she and I enjoyed a safe, fun dive together.

James M
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I cannot remember leagues ahead diving enough. This was my second time diving with them on holiday and will not be the last!

Ashley m
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10/10 must do if visiting Gran Canaria

From start to finish the scuba diving was an amazing experience, it was our first time scuba diving so we didn’t know what to expect but the staff assured us every step of the way

Can I Scuba Dive from Maspalomas Beach?

Unfortunately the answer is no. Maspalomas is not home to any dive sites. The closest dive site is either Amadores for Discover Scuba divers or El Cabron, the famous marine reserve. These dive sites are only a short twenty minute drive from Maspalomas. If you would like to have some spectacular scuba diving when on holiday in Maspalomas, please get in contact with us.

Why don't we recommend scuba diving from Maspalomas Beach?

maspalomas beach with moderate waves

The long sandy beaches are not protected by any rock formation, natural or artificial. This means that the waves and flow of the tides, draw the golden fine sand from Maspalomas beach to the surf zone. This sediment reduces the visibility greatly in all areas of the beach (making for not great diving!)

Because there is no rocky bottom composition, this has a huge impact on the marine life that you would expect to see when diving Gran Canaria. The dive sites that we recommend are composed of natural rock formations creating caves and overhangs which create the perfect habitat for an abundance of marine life to thrive. Unfortunately the Maspalomas beach is only plain sand and you will struggle to dive to a depth deeper than 5 meters.

Is it possible to snorkel from Maspalomas Beach?

Yes – In theory you can snorkel in any location. The easy shore entry combined with the presence of lifeguards make this a possible location for snorkelling.

Because the beach is not sheltered by any rocks, I recommend snorkelling from Maspalomas Beach in the summertime or when the weather forecast is showing a wave height of .5 meters or less. You can check the wave height using this website here! (Look for light blue areas surrounding the shore line.)

During the winter the wind can pick up increasing the size of the waves and it makes this beach most popular with surfers. I also recommend renting professional snorkelling equipment and a wetsuit during the winter season when the water temperature drops to 19 degrees.

Where is the best place to snorkel in Maspalomas?

The Maspalomas Lighthouse

maspalomas lighthouse with sunset

Ease of Access: ★★★★★
Parking: YES
Marine life: ★✰✰✰✰
Bottom composition: Sand
Lifeguard: YES

Located next to the Maspalomas dunes is the Maspalomas Lighthouse in Plaza del Faro. If you snorkel to the right side of the Lighthouse you will be able to find a section of rocky bottom composition that is home to Parrot fish, Wrasse and Damsel fish. It is possible to find Stingrays resting in the water below feeding on the crustaceans.

Playa Meloneras:

meloneres beach during daytime

Ease of Access: ★★★★★
Parking: YES
Marine life: ★★✰✰✰
Bottom composition: rocky bottom composition/sand
Lifeguard: YES

If you are looking for a slightly better snorkelling experience than Maspalomas Lighthouse, it is worth taking a small taxi or bus journey to Meloneras Beach. Meloneras Beach is sheltered from the waves and is home to rocky reefs that will allow you to spot far more fish species than the Maspalomas beach. As with all beaches please take care upon entering the water and when Snorkelling. It is important to avoid the fishermen that also use this beach and to avoid going into deep water or high waves if you are not comfortable.

What is the difference between the dive site El Cabron and Maspalomas?

El Cabron

Clear visiblity el cabron

Summer: 30 + meters
Winter: 15-20 meters
Marine life
Angel sharks, Sting rays, Octopus, Barracuda, Moray eels, shoals of smaller fish species. The biomass of the fish species in El Cabron is 450% larger due to it’s marine reserve status.
Amazing volcanic rock formations. Caves, caverns, swim throughs and arches.
Surrounding landscape
Lunar like landscape.


maspalomas beach with moderate waves

5 meters
Marine life
Small fish species such as Damsel fish, Wrasse and Parrot fish. It is possible but very unlikely to spot larger species of fish.
Surrounding landscape
Touristic, bars, hotels and shops.

Don’t forget here at Leagues Ahead Diving we offer all snorkelling and scuba diving excursions and you can enjoy the best dive sites of Gran Canaria by taking advantage of our complimentary shuttle service. We can transport you to the best locations on the island and drop you back to your hotel for free of charge! Click here to learn more about our guided excursions!

Author: Sophie Keningale

Sophie Keningale works hard to share her passion for scuba diving through her blog posts and hopes to offer useful information for scuba divers and those holidaying in Gran Canaria. Sophie owns and operates Leagues Ahead Diving with her partner James and the center has been open since 2017.

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