Scuba diving in Chimenea
Chimenea is located on the north part of the island, just 15 minutes by boat west of Puerto de la Cruz. The amazing structures here were formed by volcanic activity. The site starts at 18m/59ft on a rock plateau where less experienced divers can explore the several orifices. While moving down the wall, divers will also find volcanic caves that are suited for experienced divers. Entrances to some caves open as cracks in the wall. Another interesting thing is that the cave has hot water pockets that come up from deep inside the earth’s core.
When to go
It is possible to dive here year-round. The high diving season is from May to October. The average sea temperature varies from 19C/66F in winter to 24C/75F in summer.
What to see
At this site divers can enjoy seeing moray eels, octopi, parrotfish, arrow crabs between the rocks, as well as rainbow wrasses and Turkish wrasses. There are also colorful yellow and red gorgonians growing in the sandy bottom and make the site more interesting.