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

Isla del Hierro

The island of Hierro is home to an official sanctuary for a number of marine species and is for divers a heaven underwater.

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In Tenerife underwater, you will find a great diversity of flora and fauna, breath-taking rock structures, lava caves, and fantastic shipwrecks.

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Gran Canaria

Scuba diving Gran Canaria Island offers the widest variety of dive types in the Canary Islands.

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Scuba diving in Fuerteventura is an underwater paradise of abstract landscapes with walls, cracks, caves, shoals, and canyons.

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La Palma

Known as La Isla Bonita, la Palma offers some of the world’s most spectacular submerged volcanic landscapes and true heaven of biodiversity.

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La Gomera

La Gomera diving is known as one of the best places in the world where humans can interact with cetaceans in their natural habitat.

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Scuba diving in Lanzarote offers adventurous divers to soar amongst fantastic underwater landscapes sculpted by volcanoes, with unending caverns.

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La Graciosa

Diving in La Graciosa, you will see the exceptional landscape that houses one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world.

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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.