Scuba diving in El Cabron
El Cabron, or the Arinaga Marine Reserve, is located on the east coast of Gran Canaria, and has excellent diving opportunities for divers of all levels of experience. Best of all, most dives at El Cabron are shore dives, so there will be no long boat journeys. The stunning underwater landscape features a large volcanic shelf at a depth of 12-14m/39-46ft, a huge natural arch, caves, tunnels, and cliffs. El Cabron is also known for its rich variety and quantity of fish, with over 50 common marine species.
When to go
The El Cabron dive site offers year-round diving, but the best diving conditions, when the water temperature rises to 26C/79F, are during the summer months. In winter the average water temperature can be a bit cool at 18C/64F.
What to see
El Cabron will surprise divers with its impressive abundance and variety of marine life, including many types of sponges and gorgonians, invertebrates, 5 types of stingrays, seahorses, starfish, big shoals of damselfish, sardines, bream, triggerfish, and barracudas. Occasional marine visitors at El Cabron include angel sharks and blue sharks, manta rays, and tuna.