Scuba diving in Kalais Wreck
Because of the depth, low visibility (15-30m/49-98ft), and strong currents, this dive site is only recommended for advanced-level divers. The Kalais wreck is located 15 minutes away by boat from the port of Las Palmas. It is 110m/361ft long and 24m/79ft wide, and lies at a depth of 33m/108ft. It was a cargo ship carrying bags of cement. Because of a leak in her hull and some of the parts being dismantled by thieves, she sank in 1978 during a strong storm. Now she sits quietly on a sandy bottom on her side. The ship and her well-preserved compartments are home to many species of marine fauna. The almost untouched deck, corridors, and holds of the Kalais are especially interesting for divers to explore. The site is also suitable for photography and diver training. According to some information sources, access to the Kalais wreck is officially prohibited at the moment.
When to go
It's best to explore the Kalais wreck from June to October, when the sea temperature averages 18-21C/64-70F. In winter the water temperature usually doesn’t get higher than 13C/43F.
What to see
The main attraction of the site is the well-preserved ship compartments and artifacts. Some of the sea fauna species that are often seen are damselfish, lobsters, Ballan wrasses, sea bream, angel sharks, parrotfish, orange roughies, and moray eels.