Tenerife – Turtles & Rays Cruise By In The Blue
Known For Volcanic seacapes
Overview of diving in Tenerife
Situated in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Canary Islands. The islands are blessed with year round sun, warm water, volcanic underwater seascapes and a large biodiversity of marine life. This has resulted in Tenerife becoming a popular diving location. It offers the chance to dive with volcanic underwater landscapes, wrecks and marine mammals such as turtles and whales.
Our dive trip to Tenerife
Spending five days on Tenerife in 2018, we got the chance to sample some of the local dive sites. We stayed in the south in the Callao Salvaje and were picked up each day to go dive. The area is a bit quieter than the main tourist regions such as Los Cristianos. We visited dived mostly on the east coast, so this meant a 30 minute to 45 minute drive each way to get to the dive sites.
How to get to Tenerife
Tenerife has many airline connections to Europe as it is a popular tourist destination. Budget airlines fly frequently from the UK, while there are direct flights to many European cities. Tenerife has two airports, Tenerife South Aiport (TFS) and Tenerife North–Ciudad de La Laguna Airport (TFN).
Nearest Airport Tenerife South Aiport (TFS) and Tenerife North–Ciudad de La Laguna Airport (TFN)
How to dive Tenerife
There are many dive centers based in the south and southwest part of the island. These will provide pick up and drop off from your hotel for diving. We dived with Diving Atlantis Tenerife but found them to be quite slow, with the diving taking up most of the day. We prefer to get our diving done in the morning so we can have the afternoon to do other activities.
There are several dive centers on the north coast, so it is possible to dive all over the island.
Best time to dive Tenerife
The Canary Islands can be dived all year round diving, however is more at risk from stormy conditions in the European winter months. Water temperature ranges from 19°C in March to 23°C in September. Visibility is generally good, with 10m to 30m expected.
Water Temperature 19° to 23°C
Visibility 10m to 30m
Tenerife Dive Sites
Tenerife has some nice reef dives where you can spot turtles, rays, octopus, moray eels, groupers and even angel sharks. There are also a couple of wrecks, including the El Penon wreck which we were able to dive. More details about each site we visited can be found below.
Omni Reef Favourite Dive Site Palm Mar Wall
Ship Type Tugboat
Year Sunk 2006
Depth 21m to 35m
Current Weak to mild
Marine Life Barracuda, stingray, octopus, bream
History of El Penon
Situated just off the coast near the town of Tabaiba on the north east coast of Tenerife, El Penon is a great little wreck to explore. A former tugboat, it was sunk in 2006 to form an artificial reef after 49 years of service in the port of Santa Cruz.
Diving El Penon
Being located so close to the shore, the wreck is access to the wreck is easy for divers. A popular site with freedivers, there are some great swim throughs all the way down into the engine room. The wreck lists on its starboard side sitting at 32m on a sandy slope. 35m in length, the wreck is often frequented by trumpet fish, large schools of barracudas, mackerel and amberjack. A small underwater shrine can seen off to the side near the bow.
Depth 10m to 30m
Dive Site Type Reef
Current Weak to moderate
Marine Life Angel sharks, octopus, moray eels, trumpetfish, wrasse, bream
Boasting some of Tenerifes best diving, we were fortunate to be able to dive Las Eras. The dive site can only be dived on a southerly wind. The entry is from shore, swimming out to the breakwater before descending along the outer wall and reef.
Here you can spot angel sharks, moray eels, octopus, wrasse, trumpet fish, bream and even a random statue of a Budda!
Palm Mar Wall
Depth 7m to 30m
Dive Site Type Reef / Wall
Current Weak to mild
Marine Life Stingrays, bull rays, turtles
A short boat ride south from the Costa Adeje is the Palm Mar Wall where turtles, stingrays and bull rays can be seen. The rocky volcanic seafloor makes a great backdrop, with some interesting geological formations. The depth ranges between 8 to 30m, meaning that the site is great for everyone, even snorkelers who can wait on the surface for when the turtles come up to breathe.
Bull rays that frequent the dive site can reach up to 2m in wingspan. Five species of sea turtles can be found in the waters of Tenerife;
- Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
- Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
- Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
- Hawksbill turtle (Erelmochelys imbricata)
- Olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).