SCUBA diving in Tenerife
To most people scuba diving and Tenerife are not words that instantly connect when considering somewhere to dive, whether you are taking your first breath underwater or are an experienced diver with lots of stamps in the log book from far away places around the world.
Read on and learn about the wonders of diving in Tenerife, we’re sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
Previous seismic activity in Tenerife has created an underwater topography that is made up of many walls, reefs, arches and swim throughs. To achieve depths in excess of 30 metres, a short boat trip will bring divers to a wide selection of these sites. The water temperature is 19 – 20 degrees C January – June, rising to 24 degrees C July – November.
The North of the island is directly exposed to the Trade Winds, which blow with greater or lesser intensity most of the year, the waves produced making diving difficult, and therefore we concentrate on the sites in the South.
The following sites are just some of what you can experience:
In front of a yellow rock formation that serves as a shelter from the north wind, there are three separate dive sites within 100 metres of the coast. The seabed is made up of caves and crevices, although there are ample spaces of light sand. Marine life you will see on these sites are: cuttlefish, lizardfish, weavers, garden eels, stingrays, morays, trumpetfish and parrotfish. The maximum depth on these sites is 27 metres, with shallower areas to 10 metres.
Situated 300 metres from the shore at Las Galletas, we find a rocky volcanic formation with various perpendicular crevices with one particularly long passageway, leading to a sandy area. Marine life you will see on this site: a large shoal of grunts always lurking close by, morays, glasseyes and Turkish wrasse. The maximum depth is 29 metres, with shallower areas to 20 metres.
500 metres from the shore at Las Galletas, a boat was shipwrecked in 1992 creating an artificial reef. The boat is 12 metres long. The seabed here is totally flat and sandy, so the wreck serves as a shelter to the various species of the Canaries. Marine life you will see on the site: There are many types of rays (atlantic, common and sting rays), bream, parrotfish, morays, scorpionfish, weavers and colonies of garden eels. Maximum depth is 20 metres.
There are two sites found 200 metres from the shore at Palm-Mar. The seabed is a rock platform dropping down to a cave, then pinnacles rising out of the sand. Marine life you will see on these sites include many different types of morays, octopus, shrimps and barracuda. For one dive you can visit the cave at 28 metres and for another, swim around the base of the pinnacles at 37 metres.
Thanks to the rugged coastline the majority of dive sites in Tenerife are only accessible by boat, the most common type being an RIB. On the boat ride to the dive site it is not uncommon to see a passing shoal of dolphins or an occasional glimpse of our very shy resident turtle.
Fabulous diving is not the only thing that Tenerife has to offer. Often, whilst one family member is exploring the underwater around the island, other members of the group are relaxing on one of the many beaches or after windsurfing at El Medano, enjoying the silky black volcanic sand that is found on the natural carved beach inlets there. For day trips they can visit the Loro Park which is an open air zoo with a fantastic aquarium or visit Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain at 3700 metres.
You will be hard pushed to find anywhere else in the world that has everything to offer the entire family all year round at a reasonable price and only 3 or 4 hours from all European Countries.
This article about SCUBA Diving in Tenerife was supplied by Agua-Tenerife Dive Center in Tenerife.