ITDA Canary Islands (Spain, España)
The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa, are rugged volcanic isles known for their black- and white-sand beaches. Tenerife, the largest island, is dominated by the sometimes-snowy active volcano Mt. Teide, which has its own astronomical observatory and is part of Teide National Park. Tenerife hosts a huge pre-Lent Carnival in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The best diving Islands have the links below:
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The islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa. The archipelago includes many smaller islands and islets: Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, and Roque del Oeste.
The Canary Islands are a real paradise for diving. This can be seen in the number of schools and dive sites all over the islands. The Canary waters are known internationally for their quality: the fact that they are crystal clear down as far as 30 metres and that the temperature of the water is always about 20ºC, providing a habitat for all kinds of species. The sea bed is home to a biodiversity of great value characterised by the volcanic relief full of caves, niches and reefs and of a depth which sometimes reaches a thousand metres. This wealth has awarded different parts of El Hierro, La Palma and Lanzarote the category of Marine Reserve.
Some of the best dive sites in Gran Canaria
The El Cabron shore is a diving hotspot on the east coast of Gran Canaria. With highly variable features and rich biodiversity it takes more than one dive to appreciate El Cabrón. The coast consists of a wide rock platform dropping off gently to a depth of nine metres, a shelf full of crevices and a sandy bottom at 23 metres. The range of habitats and richness of life here is spectacular.
Diving to caves, shelves and sandy bottoms in Arinaga waters
The Arco Chico, Los Roncadores and Punta de la Sal are three of the 10 dives available at El Cabrón. Many are reached from the El Cabrón beach just a kilometre from Arinaga town.
Experience and conditions determine the dives that are recommended on a specific day but they can include visits to caves full of croakers, squat lobsters and glasseyes; cliffs surrounded by schools of barracudas and jacks, and a sandy bottom frequented by schools of grunts, stingrays and even eagle rays.
Links to: Lanzarote and Gran Canaria
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