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.

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Wildlife 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.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
座头鲸
巨头鲸
布氏鲸
喙鲸
抹香鲸
蓝鲸
小须鲸
虎鲸
Dolphins
海豚
宽吻海豚
条纹原海豚
Sharks
鲸鲨
灰鲭鲨
蓝鲨
无沟双髻鲨
Scalloped Hammerhead
锥齿鲨
黑鳍珊瑚鲨
天使鲨
Rays
巨型太平洋蝠鲼
暗礁蝠鲼
鹰瑶
刺鳐
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
海龟
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
翻车鲀
Moray Eel
天使鱼
蝴蝶鱼
海狼
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Crevalle jack
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Whales
座头鲸
巨头鲸
布氏鲸
喙鲸
抹香鲸
蓝鲸
小须鲸
虎鲸
Dolphins
海豚
宽吻海豚
条纹原海豚
Sharks
鲸鲨
灰鲭鲨
蓝鲨
无沟双髻鲨
Scalloped Hammerhead
锥齿鲨
黑鳍珊瑚鲨
天使鲨
Rays
巨型太平洋蝠鲼
暗礁蝠鲼
鹰瑶
刺鳐
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
海龟
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses
Common Seahorse
Spiny Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
翻车鲀
Moray Eel
天使鱼
蝴蝶鱼
海狼
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Crevalle jack
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Frogfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish

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