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Best Diving Destinations in Gran Canaria
The Most Beautiful Dive Sites in Gran Canaria
El Cabron Must see
Reef Pasito Blanco Must see
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Sardina Must see
La Catedral Must see
Artificial Reef Must see
About Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is the second most populous island in the Canaries Archipelago. It has a incredible variety of landscapes with long beaches and dunes of white sand in the south, contrasting with the green ravines in the north. A third of the island is under protection as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, and there are 32 Natural Protected Spaces on the island. Prime towns to visit are Mogán and Telde (archaeological ruins and great diving zones), Las Palmas (lots of museums, attractive festivities, great sights), and Agüimes (most renowned scuba diving area on the island: El Cabrón Marine Reserve with 400 marine species). Sights not to be missed include Maspalomas Lighthouse and Maspalomas Dunes, Palmitos Zoo Park, Cueva Pintada, and Casa de Colón Museum. It is also known for the volcanic formations contributing to the variety and beauty of its underwater landscapes. Diving on Gran Canaria is fantastic thanks to its exotic flora and fauna, volcanic caves, amazing walls and wrecks. The highlight of the area is the possibility of night diving with the chance to see nocturnal animals such as sharks and rays. House Reef in Playa de Mogán and Puerto de Mogán are highly recommended for night dives. Gran Canaria has a great many dive sites, many unique and surprising.
When to go to Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has good conditions (especially in the south) for diving all year round. The rain mostly falls during the winter, while rainfall in the summer months is almost non-existent. The north gets most of the rain. The high diving season is between May and September. The average annual temperature during the day rarely drops below 17C/63F and often reaches 28C/82F during the day. The average water temperature ranges from 18C/64F in winter to 25C/77F in summer. The visibility is from 20-30m/32-98ft, but can reach up to 40m/131ft.
What to see
The sea floor here is home to a wealth and variety of species of flora and fauna. There is an opportunity to observe barracuda, large tuna, groupers, ornate wrasse, damselfish, cuttlefish, parrotfish, cornetfish, octopuse, amberjacks, large angel sharks, huge worms, stingrays, tiny seahorses and many other species.