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The Table Top is one of the best known dive sites mainly because here the variety of dive sites is enormous.

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From the entry point leading to the Table Top there are several classic dive routes, including the Fish Ball, the Finger, Arco Pequeno and the Eel Garden. The entry point for this dive can look daunting at first, as the waves can often appear to break right on the entry point. A special entry technique, an underwater channel and the combination of currents make this a lot easier that it may first look. The diver is rewarded with a variety of dive plans, taking him to the Fish Ball, or to the caves and swim-throughs.

Fish life is abundant in this area, and apart from the common species of parrotfish, damsels, wrasse, and bream, you are likely to find yellow snappers (roncadors), trumpetfish, a shoal of barracudas, plenty of morays (tiger, brown and dotted), cernia rossa, and in spring large shoals of sardines and bogas. Several species which are less common have resident populations in this are including Shi Drum (verrugato), glasseye, marmor bream, jurel (yellow jack), painted comber, zebra bream and some stunning giant anemones. If you look carefully or just get lucky you may also see dusky grouper, three types of stingray, forkbeard, unicorn fish, tuna, in exceptional circumstances sea-horses, blue sharks or manta rays. A night dive can reward the adventurous with stingrays, squid, octopus, angel shark and many other night hunters of the reef. And as for plant life and invertebrates there is much more to look at here as well.

In addition to the prolific marine life, there is a fascinating underwater scenery, allowing 'wall dives' around much of the outside of the reef; several caves, the small arch and lots of larger holes to look in for morays and other creatures. Few dive sites in the Canaries have such variety, such abundance, and such scenery so close to shore all available from the same entry point.

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

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 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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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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