The Canary Islands have over 900 miles of coastline which, together with the great weather conditions, make them the ideal location for scuba diving. The waters here are some of the clearest in the world as there is very little plankton produced in the area.
The ocean here benefits from the Gulf Stream giving the waters a low of 19C in the winter and up to 25C in the summer. The water becomes cooler as you get further away from the African Coast making it cooler off El Hierro than off Lanzarote. The difference in temperature affects the different species of marine life seen. You will see tropical and sub-tropical North Atlantic species and Mediterranean species.
Diving in Fuerteventura
With water temperatures ranging from 18C in the winter to 24C in the summer, this is the ideal place for both beginners and advanced divers. There are lots of different sites here including reef, wrecks and drop offs. Amongst the marine life here are octopus, barracudas, moray eels and sea bream.
Diving in Gran Canaria
Again an ideal location for all grades of diver as the ocean temperature stays between 20C and 24C all year round. In the east of the island is the Marine reserve at Arinaga, in the south there are wrecks, reefs, walls and caves, while in the north there are reefs and wrecks. Marine life here includes loggerhead turtles, angel sharks, rays, sting rays, bull rays, octopus, barracuda, octopus, sea horses, trumpet fish, parrot fish, groupers and puffers.
Diving in Tenerife and Lanzarote
Both of these islands have lots of sites ranging from house reef dives and wrecks, to wall dives night dives. Once more both are ideal locations for all grades of diver as the ocean temperature stays between 20C and 24C all year round. Life under the water includes octopus, moray eels, barracuda, sea bream and much more.
With ideal visibility all year round many of the fish here swim close to the surface giving a great opportunity for snorkellers. Whilst diving in the caves, canyons and tunnels you will meet rays, moray eels, trumpet fish, groupers, barracudas and in the summer you may even see tuna and turtles.
Diving in La Gomera
There are only a few dive centres here but like the other islands there is an abundance of marine life to be seen, including rays, moray eels, trumpet fish, groupers, barracudas and in the summer you may even see tuna and turtles. Again with clear visibility all year round many of the fish here swim close to the surface giving a great opportunity for snorkellers.
Diving in El Hierro
Here you will find 25 sites and several dive centres. The main diving is from the village of La Restinga which is a protected marine park. El Hierro became a marine sanctuary in 1996 and in 2000 was also declared a UNESCO biosphere reservation.
Diving is something that can be enjoyed by all the family so why not take a look at the many last minute holiday deals that are around.
With much more to do and see please visit my Canary Islands blog for more information on this beautiful group of islands.