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About La Gomera
The island of La Gomera is 150km/93mi from the African coast, between El Hierro to the west and Tenerife to the east, and is the smallest one of the seven main islands of the Canary archipelago. La Gomera is famous for its stunning volcanic landscapes, green valleys, mountains, trails through tropical mountain scenery, and dramatic beaches. The sights that are worth visiting include the mysterious Garajonay National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Valle Gran Rey, Los Organos, and the cedar forest. The north part is more verdant with cultivated terraces. La Gomera has some picturesque towns (San Sebastián de la Gomera, Hermigua, Vallehermoso, and Playa de Santiago) and a diverse range of activities, such as hiking, whale watching, cycling, and diving. There are two main areas for diving off La Gomera: Valle Gran Rey on the western side of the island and San Sebastián on the east coast. There are a few dive centers, which are located in the north, south, and west of the island, give easy access to most of the sites. The fascinating scenery on view to divers in La Gomera includes bizarre rock formations, cliffs and sandy planes as well as a diversity of fauna (about 100 species of fish and invertebrates).
There are currently 22 dive sites on the island and the most interesting sites are: Roque del Herrero, Punta Cascante, Cala Canteras, Roque de Iguala, Punta Gaviota and Baja del Secreto (great for nighr dives). There is a great diving opportunity at the Cascante site, where divers can explore a cavern at 18m/60ft.
When to go to La Gomera
The climate of the island is warm, so diving is possible all year round. The average air temperature is about 20C/68F in winter and 27C/81F in summer. The water temperature is around 18C/64F in winter and 25C/79F in summer. The currents on the southern coast of La Gomera are very slight, but near the other coasts, currents can be medium. The visibility varies from 10-30m/32-98ft.
What to see
There is a wide variety of fish, such as trumpetfish, roncadoras, barracuda, Turkish wrasse, octopus, nudibranchs, star puffers, parrotfish, morays, groupers, shrimp, lobsters, blennies, arrowhead crabs, garden eels, goatfish, lizardfish, scorpionfish, sea cucumbers, corals and sponges. One of the most striking features of the area is the large amount of rays present, namely stingrays, electric rays and eagle rays.