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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.