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Diving in the El Cabrón Marine Reserve on the east coast has developed such a reputation for the variety and quantity of marine life that it has not only been proposed as a marine reserve, but an underwater guidebook has already been produced by the local council. But it is not just the marine life which makes this area special for scuba diving, as the underwater scenery is stunning, with natural arches, caves, tunnels, swim-throughs and cliffs. From the main entry point there are at least four different dive routes, and altogether between eight and ten separate dives in the reserve.

The underwater marine life is prolific, with huge shoals of Roncadores, damselfish, sardines, barracudas and other species such as bream, wrasse and parrotfish are common throughout the reserve. Every dive can throw up surprises, from rays, to sea-horse, from glass-eye to gorgonians.

Despite the beauty and color under the water the reserve itself is at the end of a dusty 'off-road' track with no visitor facilities at all (no toilets, no water, no cafes nothing). The best dives bottom out at around 22m, and are 'multi-level' which means that if you are careful with your air you can get non-stop dives of 40+ minutes.


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- Davy Jones - PADI Diving Centre, Gran Canaria, calle Luis de Velasco...
 
 
 

Davy Jones - PADI Diving Centre, Gran Ca...

Scuba Diving in Gran Canaria w...
www.davyjonesdiving.com
00 34 699 721 584
 calle Luis de Velasco 39
35118
Arinaga, Gran Canaria

This PADI 5-Star Dive Resort is the closest dive centre to the fabulous El Cabrón Marine Reserve at Arinaga , the best place to dive on the island of Gran Canaria. The combination of small groups, intimate knowledge of the marine reserve, and a long term stable team of mature instructors means that every diver is treated to a personalised exploration of this treasure-trove of marine life. They are the only dive centre with complete facilities including toilets close to this diving location.

The El Cabrón Marine Reserve at Arinaga on Gran Canaria is one of the ten best dive sites in Spain, and has its own guide book. Dives vary from 6 to 30m and not only is it packed with fish, the variety and bio-diversity have surprised and astounded many visitors. Barracudas, morays, five types of stingray, grunts, trumpetfish, bream, damselfish, parrotfish, wrasse and cephalopods are all found in huge numbers, different seasons can bring stingray, angelshark, blue shark, and many other species into the area. Don't turn your nose up at the fact that this is a shore diving area - all the sealife is packed in close to the shore and the underwater lava scenery is stunning. There are caves to explore with the vivid red Canary Island Lobsterette, and night diving can bring squid, red-legged octopus and golden balearic congers.
 
 
 

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- Gran Canaria Diving.com - Online Divers Guide, calle luis Velasco 39...
 
 
 

Gran Canaria Diving.com - Online Divers ...

Gran Canaria - Scuba Diving an...
www.gran-canaria-diving.com
 calle luis Velasco 39
35118
Playa de Arinaga

Your complete guide to Gran Canaria’s best scuba diving and snorkelling. Discover the rich and amazing marine life found around the shores of this Canary Island (now a world biosphere reserve!), and why it is rated as one of the best places to dive in Europe. Find out all you need to plan your diving holiday including the top dive sites, holiday destinations and dive schools. There are several galleries of photos by top underwater photographers showing the sharks, rays and other marine life that thrives around this island.

This is a complete guide to the best scuba diving and snorkelling in Gran Canaria. It describes the rich and amazing marine life found around the shores of this Canary Island, which is now a world biosphere reserve, and why it is rated as one of the best places to dive in Europe. You can find all you need to plan your diving holiday including the top dive sites, holiday destinations and dive schools. There are several galleries of photos by top underwater photographers showing the sharks, rays and other marine life that thrives around this island.Gran Canaria is one of the seven Canary Islands that make up Europe´s most southerly point. Long a favourite for sun seekers, it sits in sub-tropical waters, is warmed by the gulf stream, and has a unique mix of both cold-water species such as Angel Sharks and bream; plus colourful tropical species such as damselfish, parrotfish and triggerfish. This makes it a great destination for short diving breaks from Europe, as there are lots of cheap package deals, plenty of accommodation choices, and some great diving locations.As the island is roughly circular, you can choose which side to dive depending upon the weather. The most popular dive site is to be found on the East coast, near the small town of Arinaga, in what is known locally as the 'El Cabrón' marine reserve. This area has a stunning underwater topography, with arches, caves, swim-throughs and volcanic reefs, and also a prolific mix of sea life. In winter Angel sharks can be found on most days, along with stingrays, morays brean, sardines and much more.The south of the island is a mini-desert, and so holds little of interest for divers, however the West coast has several good dive sites including the artificial reef at Pasito Blanco. This is a most unusual dive, as since the University created the reef by dropping large concrete structures into the water it has become the home to huge shoals of roncadors (bastard grunts), barracudas, and also has angel sharks and rays. There are some small wrecks off the west coast, but the best diving for wrecks is to be found outside Las Palmas.
 
 
 

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- Lets Go Diving, Puerto Pasito Blanco, Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas
 
 
 

Lets Go Diving

Lets Go Diving
www.lgdiving.com
(+34) 660 291 891
 Puerto Pasito Blanco
35100
Playa del Ingles / Maspalomas

The only hardboat based divecenter in the Canary Islands. Daily divetrips to the most beautiful divesites in the south of Gran Canaria.

 
 
 


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