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Diving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
When to go to Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz has a subtropical-semi-arid climate, with warm dry summers and moderately warm winters. The average air temperature ranges from 18C/64F in winter to 26C/78F in summer. The average sea temperature varies from 19C/66F in winter to 24C/75F in summer. The average visibility is from 10-30m/32-98ft.
What to see
Marine life includes colorful sea fans, dolphins, trumpet fish, morays, lizard fish, barracuda, jacks, stingrays, lobsters, octopuses, scorpion fish and others.
Scuba diving in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Santiago de Tenerife) is the capital (jointly with Las Palmas) of the Canary Islands. It is located in northeast quadrant of Tenerife, about 210km/130mi off the northwestern coast of Africa within the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife North Airport is located in 7 km from the city. The major landmarks of the city include the Auditorio de Tenerife (Auditorium of Tenerife), the Iglesia de la Concepción, the Santa Cruz Towers (Torres de Santa Cruz) and some interesting museums. The city has one of the world's largest carnivals. Along the coast to Santa Cruz de Tenerife there is some good diving. Divers of all diver levels can choose the various type of diving: cave, wall, reef, wreck, rocky platform.
Among the worth visiting dive sites are Chimenea, Yellow Mountain, Punta Blanca, Alcala, and further south - El Condesito. One of the famous dive sites is the El Condesito - a wrecked ship, which crashed into rock and sank during a storm in 1972 near Las Galletas on the south coast of Tenerife, no one died. The wreck sits in fairly shallow water, however the site is still recommended only to experienced divers due to the strong currents. The depth is in around 18m/59ft, with the deepest point at 21m/69ft and its highest point at 6m/20ft.