Everything you need to know about diving in the Canary Islands!

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Post by Sergio

January 19, 2024

The first thing you should know: you won’t regret it. If you’re looking for a European destination for diving, with exceptional weather and unquestionable underwater richness, you’ve found it. The Canary Islands deliver on their promises. And then some.

In this article, we summarize everything you need to know about diving in the Canary Islands and, by the way, we recommend our school located in Costa Adeje, in the south of Tenerife, the epicenter of Canarian diving.

Diving guide in the Canary Islands A unique destination!

The Canary Islands are a unique destination for many reasons. We’re talking about its endless summer climate, with mild temperatures all year round and gentle sun. We’re talking about the heterogeneity of its landscapes, ever-changing according to the island and even within each one of them. We’re talking about its natural attractions, not only beaches but also mountains, volcanoes, forests, and deserts. And, of course, we’re also talking about diving.

Diving in the Canary Islands stands out for its ideal visibility conditions, its impressive seabed, and the richness of species that inhabit or visit its coasts. A perfect diving destination if you want to combine fun both in and out of the water.

Best dive sites in the Canary Islands

The really hard part is choosing just a few of them. The Canary Islands archipelago hosts authentic underwater treasures to discover. Some are more accessible than others, but all of them have a special charm that makes them unique. Here’s a small list:

Marine Reserve of El Hierro Island

Dive sites such as La Restinga and La Caleta stand out. The Marine Reserve offers a spectacular underwater environment with caves, arches, and a spectacular diversity of marine life.

Chinijo Archipelago Marine Reserve (Lanzarote and La Graciosa):

The island of La Graciosa and its surroundings offer impressive diving sites, such as Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste, with crystal-clear waters and a wide variety of species.

Mountain Marine Reserve (Tenerife):

Very close to our school in Costa Adeje, we find this reserve ideal for exploration thanks to its whimsical rock formations and its system of underwater tunnels where you can find cuttlefish, crustaceans, or rays.

El Bajón (La Palma):

On the west coast of La Palma, El Bajón is a popular diving site with rocky formations, arches, and varied marine life, including manta rays.

La Concepción Bank (Fuerteventura):

This place stands out for its large schools of fish, including rays and angel sharks.

El Puertito de Armeñine (Tenerife)

Very close to our school in Playa de Fañabé, in Adeje, this diving spot allows you to dive with green turtles, seahorses, nudibranchs, and rays, among many other species. You can check other recommended diving spots in Tenerife at this link.

When to dive in the Canary Islands?

This is the best part. In the Canary Islands, you can dive all year round thanks to its subtropical climate. In fact, many divers from all over the world arrive in the winter months, seeking temperatures uncommon in other latitudes during months like November or December.

It is worth noting that the water temperature in the Canary Islands is usually quite pleasant throughout the year, ranging between 18°C and 24°C. This makes diving comfortable in any season.

Additionally, underwater visibility is generally good in the Canary Islands, but it can vary slightly depending on the location and weather conditions. In general, visibility is usually better in the drier and less windy months.

Best months for diving in the Canary Islands

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered by many as the best times for diving in the Canary Islands. During these months, temperatures are pleasant both in the water and on land, and there are fewer tourists.

Wonderful marine fauna

The Canary Islands are known for hosting a rich and diverse marine life due to their strategic location in the Atlantic Ocean, at the crossroads of ocean currents. In the Canary Islands, you can find a huge variety of tropical fish, such as parrotfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, etc.; manta rays, also known as stingrays, sharks, especially angel and hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, cetaceans, moray eels, and octopuses, as well as black coral, where many species inhabit.

What do I need to dive?

The first thing you need is a desire to explore and adventure. Secondly, you need to book a diving course with specialized companies. You can opt for the Open Water, one of the most popular for beginners, or the popular “Diving Baptism.” Let’s see it in more detail.

Diving courses in the Canary Islands Enjoy!

Like any good diving destination, the Canary Islands offer a wide range of schools where you can complete courses or fun dives with magnificent professionals. At DPM Diving, we offer all kinds of courses for diving. From those to start you in this world to the most advanced and professional ones.

We encourage you to contact us so we can help you find the most appropriate course for you and what you’re looking for. Do you want an immersion right now? Diving Baptism is your best option; do you want a course that allows you to start in the world of diving? Don’t miss the Open Water.

Tips for diving responsibly

Diving responsibly is essential to preserve marine ecosystems and ensure that future generations can also enjoy underwater beauty. Here are some tips for diving responsibly:

  • Certification and training: Obtain diving certification through a recognized agency. Proper training will make you more aware of the environment and provide you with skills to minimize your impact.
  • Respect Marine Life: Do not touch or disturb marine life. Keep a safe distance and avoid contact with corals, fish, and other organisms. Do not feed marine animals, as it can alter their natural behavior.
  • Leave No Trace: Take with you everything you take underwater. Do not leave trash or waste in the ocean. Collect any garbage you find during your dive, even if it’s not yours.
  • Select Responsible Dive Sites: Choose dive operators that are environmentally friendly. Make sure they follow sustainable practices and comply with local regulations. Avoid dive sites that are overexploited.
  • Avoid Glove Use: Using gloves can increase the risk of touching and damaging marine life. Consider it only as an option in specific conditions and when it is really necessary.
  • Participate in Conservation Programs: Contribute to marine conservation programs and participate in reef cleaning or marine life monitoring projects. Your direct involvement can make a difference.

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