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About Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, that was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in May 2009. Fuerteventura is an elongated island running north-south, with the longest white-sand beaches of all the archipelago. The main tourist resorts lie at opposite ends of the island: at the northern tip is Corralejo, and at the south part lies Morro Jable. While having fully developed tourist facilities, the island caters more for visitors attracted by its rugged natural beauty, that includes large plains, sand dunes, lavascapes, and volcanic mountains. Fuerteventura is an ideal destination for surfers and for scuba divers. Divers will like this place due to the diverse marine life, caves, tunnels, overhangs, rock formations, and sandy, shallow areas to be found on its ocean beds. The main diving areas are concentrated in 3 zones: the north (Corralejo), the NNE (Caleta) and the south (Jandia). All these zones have a mixture of volcanic lava base with sands. Dive sites are well-known for their abundance of fish. 

When to go to Fuerteventura

Due to the pleasant climate, diving is possible all year round. Most of precipitation falls in autumn (primarily in October) and winter. Divers will especially enjoy diving from May till September. Average air temperature is about 21C/69F in winter and around 27C/81F in summer. Water temperature varies from 18C to 23C/64 to 73F during the year. Visibility is very good, more than 30m/100ft in some spots.

 

What to see

Diving here is amazing for its diversity of flora and fauna, from anemones, gastropods and sponges to impressive swarms of barracuda. There are angel sharks (more often seen in winter), small hammerhead sharks, whales, dolphins, large common rays, eagle rays, butterfly rays, loggerhead turtles and substantial numbers of common black eels and tiger eels, known as morenas. 

Most popular dive sites 

Some of the most interesting dive sites are El Bajón del Río, El Veril Grande, Boat Tower, Las Salinas, and Mole, which is especially good for beginners.