Diving the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 100km (62 miles) west of the Moroccan coast. The Canaries, as they are known informally, consist of Lanzarote, the fourth largest of the Islands, is known for its volcanic landscape, its distinct black sand, and clear warm waters, which are perfect for divers to explore with fascinating scenery underwater. Then there is Fuerteventura, the second largest of the islands, famous for its white sandy beaches and year-round wind, which is reflected in its name, meaning “strong wind” in Spanish. Gran Canaria, the third largest of the islands, is known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Tenerife, the largest of the islands, has its landscape dominated by Mt. Teide, a dormant volcano that is Spain’s tallest point. La Gomera, the second-smallest of the islands, is marked by craggy volcanic mountains, and is as much a walker’s paradise, as it is a diver’s one. La Palma, known as the “green island”, is famed for its subtropical volcanic dive sites and warm crystal clear waters. El Hierro is the smallest of the Islands but possesses a large number of exceptional diving sites and is home to varied and rich biodiversity.
Dive Sites in Canary Islands
Featured places to go in Canary Islands
Aquatic Life in Canary Islands
Offering something for everyone, from beginner to advanced, the Canary Islands are characterized by a unique underwater volcanic geology which has created depths of up to 1,000m (3,281ft) where there are plenty of structures of black lava, caves, niches, and reef, as well as some shipwrecks, waiting to be explored. With visibility averaging 30m (98ft), and water temperatures of about 20C (68F) partially all year round, it’s no wonder Canary Islands are among the best dive spots in the world. It’s not hard to soak up the rich marine life on offer, which include dolphins, turtles, and barracudas, that one might stake its waters for the Caribbean Sea.