Canary Islands – Dramatic Volcanic Seacapes
Overview of diving the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a volcanic island chain off the coast of Africa in the eastern Atlantic and a popular tourist destination. The nature of their formation has led to some spectacular volcanic underwater landscapes to dive. Year round water temperatures of at least 18°C and good visibility attracts numerous divers to the seven main islands. Encounters with turtles and rays are common when diving in the Canary Islands, while eels, octopus and groupers can be found among the volcanic reefs. Lucky divers can spot bull rays, angel sharks, schools of jackfish and even hammerhead and whale sharks. Whale and dolphin watching tours also allow you to get your fix of big pelagic species.
Best dive sites in the Canary Islands
La Catedral, Gran Canaria
A spectacular maze of lava tubes, arches, caves and crevices makes La Catedral one of the dive sites you don’t want to miss in the Canary Islands.
El Arona wreck, Gran Canaria
97m in length, this cargo ship is one of the biggest wrecks in the Canary Island. The wreck is virtually intact and attracts marine life such as barracuda, angel sharks, rays and trevally.
Cuevo Del Palm Mar, Tenerife
A great dive site for spotting turtles and bull rays cruising over volcanic reefscape.
Bajada del Realejo, Tenerife
A deep dive site for experienced divers. Offers one of the best chances of spotting hammerhead sharks in the Canary Islands
El Bajon, El Hierro
A pinnacle rising up from the abyss which offers the chance to see schools of jacks and tuna fish and even manta rays and turtles
La Rapadura, Tenerife
A stunning pinnacle of prismatic volcanic rock and one of the most spectacular dive sites in the Canary Islands.
Dive reports from the Canary Islands
Dive site reports and useful information from our scuba diving and freediving trip to the Canary Islands.
Tenerife is one of the larger islands in the Canary Islands. It offers both busy towns and quiet villages for tourists. The majority of the diving is focused on the south coast due to the large number of towns here, however there is good diving throughout the island.
How to get to the Canary Islands
International flights from many European cities are available to the islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and La Palma. There are multiple flights a day, particularly during the European summer season. Domestic flights or a ferry journey is needed to get to the remaining islands.
Best time to visit the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands can be dived all year round, however the most popular months are during the European summer when tourists numbers are highest.
Water temperature varies from 16°C in winter to 23° in summer. Therefore a 5mm wetsuit is recommended in summer while in winter a 7mm wetsuit or even a drysuit is recommended.
Visibility can vary from 5m up to 30m plus and the best visibility is found during the dry summer months.
Water Temperature 16° to 23°C
Visibility 5m to 30m+
Useful information when travelling to the Canary Islands
Time Zone UTC + 0 hours
Currency Euro (EUR)
Electricity 230 V
Plug Socket C, E, F
Language Spanish. Other European languages are widely spoken in hotels and tourist resorts.
Calling Code +34
Our dive trip to the Canary Islands
We visited the island of Tenerife in 2018 and mainly dived from shore on volcanic reef dive sites. The wreck of the El Penon is also a great shore dive located just 50m from shore and one of the highlights of the trip. We also freedived at some of the local beaches and took a short boat journey to Mar Palm wall to freedive with turtles and bull rays.
You can read more about the dive sites we visited in our dive report.