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Diving in Los Gigantes
When to go to Los Gigantes
At Los Gigantes the air temperature ranges from 16C/61F to 21C/69F in winter and from 21C/69F to 28C/82F in summer. The likelihood of rainfall occurring here is at its highest in winter. The water temperature for the most part of the year ranges from 19C/66F to 24C/75F, with the best opportunities for diving in the period from May to October. The clear waters around Los Gigantes provide visibility of up to 35m/115ft. The currents are usually slight.
What to see
There is a plenty of marine life in the region, such as eels, trumpet fish, shrimps, anemones, sponges, corals, wrasses, lizardfish, angel sharks, stingrays, nudibranchs, lobsters, parrot fish, blue fin, damselfish, sardines, breams and octopuses.
Most popular dive sites
Los Gigantes has a number of dive sites for divers of all levels of skills and experience. The most interesting sites, located nearby are Marazul, El Puertito, Playa Paraiso, La Caleta, Palm Mar Cave, El Condesito wreck, and further near the eastern coast - Las Eras. Looking for the easy to dive site, choose El Puertito, 15m/49ft deep in average and providing great opportunities to dive from the shore or the boat. Divers can meet and feed turtles there.
Scuba diving in Los Gigantes
The resort town of Los Gigantes ("The Giants") is situated in the Santiago del Teide municipality on the western coast of the Canary Island, Tenerife. The very name of the location comes from Acantilados de Los Gigantes, a giant rock formation rising from the sea to a height of 500-800m/1,640-2,625ft and serving as the main attraction for Los Gigantes’ visitors. Tenerife South Airport is located in 50 km from it. Just a little bit south to Los Gigantes you will find other resorts, such as Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena. Another interesting place, the village of Masca, 3km/1.9mi to the north from Los Gigantes, can be reached by boat or car. Los Gigantes can boast of a marina surrounded by concrete walls providing an impression of the rough sea around the area. Between the marina and rocks you can enjoy a small black sand beach, and in the town you will find lots of mall shops and restaurants. Each February Los Gigantes celebrates a festive carnival with bright parades through the streets of the town. In crystal clear waters of Tenerife divers can explore the abundance of marine species. There arond 20 dive sites nearby suitable for all levels of diving. These dive sites consist of spectacular volcanic scenery, arches, caverns, wrecks. Also it is an ideal destination for the delight of underwater photographers.