There are interesting scuba diving areas spread all around the coast of Gran Canaria.
Different scuba diving schools are offering diver courses or organised dives without having to bring your own equipment. You want to find out why so many people are addicted to scuba diving? Shake off your stress, come and discover all the magic hidden under the sea in Gran Canaria.
Arinaga – El Cabrón
This area is considered as one of the top 5 dive sites in Spain. As it is protected, by law no (fisher) boats are allowed to come there. As there are different entries and exits it offers dives for all level, from starters to professionals, all will be amazed by the variety of life and beautiful marine scapes.
Three different entries from volcanic rocks give way to a lowering reeft that goes from 6 – 12 meters across the dive site. It’s very common to see damselfish, parrotfish, trumpets, barracudas, nudibranch, moray.....
There is a drop off to about 23 metres where we find caves, cracks and arches that enjoy the more technical divers. The sandy bottom is the home of the stingrays, angelsharks and a hugh bank of grunts that also gives its name to a area in El Cabron: the Roncadores.
For the more experienced divers we have a area with gerardias and gorgonian corals with a depth of about 30 metres with often current that can be moderated – high. On the way to the gerardias and the gorgonia we find: groupers, barracudas, amberjacks and sardine shoals but also angelsharks and different types of rays.
El Cabrón surprises you in each of your dives and you’ll be happy that you were able to see the awesome underwater world of it.
Sardina dives are well known for their simplicity. Access the water from the old staircase port (the brave can jump from the top). We distinguish two different areas. The first covers the right profile of the cliff, reaching 16 meters deep. Banks of grunts, sardines, barracudas, .... The second area covers the central lower bay. Electric rays, butterfly rays, octopus, morays, seahorses, ....... anything is possible. For divers with "Hawkeye", this is one of the few places where you can see the sponge fish ..... good luck!!
Sardina dives are well know for their simplicity, the entrance if very easy from stairs in one of the harbour walls and it’s sheltered. This means that this site is for all divers and for those with camara it’s ideal.
You can stay in the bay with its sandy beach and rocks where you can find small sealife such as nudibranch, sepias anemones, seahorses etc. or you go to the right side where you can spot sand eels, amberjacks, barracudas, grunts bogues, sardines rays and the angelshark. In Sardina the sponge fish can be found, so do not forget the camara and enjoy the north west coast of Gran Canaria.
Risco Verde is not far from the El Cabrón beach. It offers easy, full of small fish and sometimes big visitors as butterfly rays, electric rays etc. But also the angelshark can be found here.The max. depth is about 13 metres and this makes it a dive site for all ages and levels. The entrance and exit are fairly easy and for night dives it’s one of our favourite sites.
The bottom can be sandy, rocky but also covered with seaweed, many little, tiny sealife can be found.
If we go futher out of the bay we will find one of the biggest grunts schools of Gran Canaria. Current is common here and the max. depth can be up to 20 metres.