In the rugged coastal zone of the Agüimes municipality one of the best
dive sites on the Island can be found, right next to Playa de El Cabron. The
richness of marine life in the area is so great that it has been nominated
to be included in the future Arinaga Marine Reserve. It is a very attractive
dive for those who love the world beneath the waves.
At a depth of 12m a rocky platform marks a 23m drop-off which
comprises the El Cabron reef front where the highest concentration of
different species can be found.
At the base of the reef front there are abundant caves and crevices
which shelter drum, some brotula and big-eyes. In front of the reef face
there is a large sandy plain where the red-mullet, striped sea bream
and a popular zone for roncadores or barred grunts in huge banks of
fish typical of El Cabrón.
All along the reef front it is common to see specimens of groupers
and island-groupers. The numerous crevices are also the ideal home
for moray eels. Nevertheless, the most spectacular sight by far can be
seen in the middle of the water column where groups of barracuda
and amber jacks can be seen
Location: Playa de El Cabrón (Arinaga)
Access: Shore dive
Average Depth: 18 m
Maximum Depth: 22 m
Estimated time: 45 – 60 min