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Our diving sites in Gran Canaria

Arguineguin Reef, our house reef (Boat dive)

The reef is situated less than 5 minutes away from the dive Academy. So it’s just a short boat ride out. The reef starts at a depth of 12m and continues down to 16m. This dive can be done as a drift dive when we have the right current, or we can follow the reef around where we have lots of overhangs and holes for the creatures to hide in, then to return to the boat we follow the reef back along the shallow edge. You will always find very large shoal of roncadoras, many Barracuda, Reef fish, octopus and cuttlefish.

Amadores (Shore dive)

Amadores Beach is a man made white sand beach. To stop the sand from being washed back into the sea a break water was built. This stretches across the bay and this is also where you will find a variety of marine life including octopus, squid, cuttlefish, reef fish, barracudas and also Rays on the sandy bottom behind the break water. With a maximum depth of 14m, this is a good dive for beginners.

Artificial Reef (Boat dive)

The bottom where the artificial reef is placed is uniform in depth (18-22m) and the organic white sand is rich in detritus of mollusc shells, echinoderm skeletons, and coralline calcareous boulders. Artificial reef was built with the financial support of the canarian Archipelago Autonomous Government; the artificial reef complex was constructed on the southern coast of Gran Canaria after research that took place between November 1990 and March 1991.

Artificial reef is comprised of 82 modular concrete blocks, and grouped in five separate units. The concrete blocks are in different designs, heights and weights. Amongst these blocks in the sandy bottom you will find angel sharks, electric marble ray’s, stingrays and many other creatures of the sea. Some of the blocks are difficult to see due to the amount of Roncadoras that surround them. Also inside the blocks you may find moray eel’s, octopus and many reef fish.

The Blue Bird (Boat dive)

This is a ferry which sunk in the area outside Mogan. It lies broken up in a depth of 47m on a sandy bottom. There are no reefs nearby so all the marine life congregates around this out crop on an otherwise sandy bottom. The Blue bird is only 30 meters in length, but due to the depth this is not a problem. There are always large schools of Roncadors, Barracudas, Rays and Amberjacks, Angel Sharks, Rays, Tuna and is must for experienced divers.

Please note: Only experienced divers (minimum Deep diver speciality with 150 dives) can make this dive. Log books will be checked prior to allowing you to dive.

Caleta (shore dive)

Caleta is situated on the north/west corner of the island. It is one for the more experienced and confident diver who loves to see Manta Rays (Manta Mobula). It is a very tricky entry/ exit but once you are in the water it is very easy. Between the months of September through November you can sit on the sandy bottom and watch as shoals of Mantas fly over the top of you. If you stay still and do not make any sudden movements, then they will come very close to the divers.

When it is not the season for the manta rays, there are also very good reef/cave dives here. Caleta has very good topography which is a must for photographers, with large shoals of reef fish and sighting of Greater Amber Jacks, stingrays and angel sharks. This dive site has a maximum depth of 20m.

Tufia (shore dive)

Tufia was declared a protected site in 1973 and declared as a protected natural area by the government because it has the remains of an aboriginal settlement. The area covers around 54 hectares. Many of the houses in this village are built into the caves.

This is an area of amazing beauty. A place where you can still see all of the layers of laver, from when the volcano was active and the laver flows were running into the sea. With beautiful caves and caverns all around, and some amazing topography there’s always plenty of marine life and Rays to be found. With an average depth of 12m and a max depth of 22m it’s the perfect for everyone. A little bit of a steep walk down to the beach but a very easy dive for the whole family with lots to see.

El Pajar Wreck (Boat dive)

This is the wreck of a Russian hydrofoil ferry which sank in 2003. It lies on a sandy bottom at 15m. The wreck was sat upright and intact, however over the years and with a few bad storms it has been broken up into many pieces. This has made the wreck even more interesting. The engine and the seats are now exposed which makes a perfect photo opportunity.

When you dive on this wreck you will discover many different creatures hiding in all the parts of the wreckage. It is a very interesting dive especially for those divers that like to take their time and have a look in all the small holes etc. During the dive you will be surrounded by large shoals of barracudas, roncadoras, drum fish, sea bream and many stingrays, electric rays, angel sharks to name but a few.

Mogán Wrecks (Boat dive)

There are two wrecks sunk at Mogán, the Cermona II and the Alagranza. They were both sunk for the Submarine tours which leave from Mogán Harbour. Both are old fishing vessels that lie at a depth of 20m.

The older of the two wrecks Alagranza is now partly broken up, however you can still see that the Bow is in intact and has a large residential Grouper living inside. The rest of the vessel that is intact lies on its side. You will find plenty of octopus, rays and morays eels hiding.

The second vessel Cermona II also lies on its side with a small crack in the centre. This was sunk in 2002, to add to the Yellow submarine tours. Again there are many places for the creatures to take up residence including a very brave Damsel fish that protects the ship!!

There is an amazing amount of marine life on these two wrecks and they are only about 50 meters apart, so you can dive both wrecks in one dive. During this dive you may also get the opportunity to see the submarine along with very large shoals of Barracuda, Roncadoras, sting rays, bull rays, octopus and many more different marine species.

Mogán Caves (Boat dive)

There are two caves which are really one, but with two openings with a maximum depth of 21m but the openings are at 15m. Theres lots of marine life to be seen hiding in the darkness.

Pasito Blanco (Boat dive)

This reef is oval in shape with a ledge all the way round, that drops down onto a sandy bottom. The top of the reef starts at around 13m and the ledge drops off to a maximum of 20m.

You start the dive by making your way around the bottom of the reef looking at the natural formations. Here you will see many different types of moray eels and jewel anemones. As you follow the edge of the reef around to the deepest part you may also find stingrays and angel sharks buried in the sand under the ledge. Once you have finished around the lower part of the reef, we then have the time to look around on top of the reef and also the smaller satellite reefs nearby.

Pasito Blanco reef is a very good dive for photographers as there is a vast amount of marine life including large shoals of Roncadores, Yellow Gunter's, Reef fish, Stingrays, Moray Eels and Barracudas.

Las Palmas Wrecks (Boat dive)

Las Palmas is the second largest port in Europe and has the ship wrecks to prove it. Countless number of ships have sunk or been sunk outside the harbour over the last few hundred years. These wrecks are for the more experienced diver as the maximum depth is 40m and our guides can tell you the history of the ships then guide you safely round them. They include the Calais and Arona, both of which are large cargo ships.

Las Palmas, The Cathedral (Boat dive)

This is also a dive for the more experienced Diver as the maximum depth is 42m. There are a number of very large arches joining together in the middle, which create a Cathedral with shafts of sun light shining through all the arches. A truly amazing sight!! There are also many caves which twist around the arches which gives you plenty of opportunities to explore.

Sardina de Norte (Shore dive)

It was once a busy fishing harbour, but now with the fishermen using other harbours it has been left a shelter for all the marine life, including Butterfly Rays, Angel Sharks, Electric Rays, Barracuda, and the massive number of reef fish.

The first dive we do is along the wall, having a look in all the rocks and overhangs for all the very small marine life, also remember to look into the blue as this is also the closest point to Tenerife and there are always large pelagic species passing through the gap between the islands. This dive has a maximum depth of around 18m.

On the second dive we venture out onto the satellite reefs. These reefs are on a sandy bottom and vary in height. The dive has a maximum depth of 14m. Around these reefs you will find an abundance of marine life, if you are lucky enough you may even see the seahorses. Also in the sandy bottom is the best place to find the angel sharks and butterfly rays.

El Carbon Marine Reserve (Shore dives)

The marine reserve is the only one in Gran Canaria. The marine reserve was originally proposed over 10 years ago by the local town of Aquimes. It was then classed as a site of special scientific interest by the European Union in December 2001. There are no boats or fishing aloud which means there is an abundance of marine life which makes this a well sort after dive site.

Below are just a few of the dive sites in the reserve (all shore dives)

Discovery Bay

The dive starts in the bay of Arinaga and it has a maximum depth of 14m (ideal for beginners and snorkelling). We enter the water close to the houses, and then follow the reef along to the left. As you swim you will see many different fish including Atlantic and Blue Fin Damsel Fish, Parrot fish, Wrasse, Lizard fish and Cuttlefish. When you are on your return to the exit point we will swim at a shallower depth where you are most likely to see Razor fish, juvenile Barracudas, Trumpet fish, Octopus and much more.

The Arch

This is one of the best dives in the reserve, but can only be done if the conditions are good. We enter via ‘Punta de la Monja’. The dive starts at 3m then drops off to around 15m, as you follow the reef around it will then be a depth of around 24m.

As you follow the reef around you will come to an amazing very large arch which you swim through, this arch is perfect for photography as you see the sun light shine through. The reef then goes into a small valley and then opens out into a sandy bottom with the reef on your left hand side, this is where you may see Angel sharks and very big Barracuda. As you continue round you will come to the Roncadores, and also where you'll find large shoals of cow Bream, Barracudas and the friendly Sea Bream.

Hole in the Wall

The entry point which is known as ‘The bath tub’ is one of the most popular enter/exit points. This is a great dive which starts off with a reef on your left hand side with a rocky bottom. In this area you may see nudibranch and Octopus, as you continue along the bottom will change from rocks to sand with a maximum depth of 22m. As you approach the hole in the wall you will see sea-bream and damsel fish along with many more reef fish. The hole in the wall then takes you through to the other side of the main reef. This hole is like a magic door, as once you are through it, you will be amazed at the number of fish above you.

The Cave

This has the same entry point as the hole in the wall and we will follow a similar route but stay on top of the reef, then drop down from 14m to 20m. Once we have dropped down off the reef we then take you into cave, this has a natural skylight up through the main reef allowing natural light to fill the inside of the cave, known as ‘El Charcón’. Inside you may find a large common ray, lesser forkbeard, Glass eye fish and many more which have made the caves their home.

Roncadores

This is a long dive to the other side of the main reef. The maximum depth is 24m and you need to be good on air to make it there and back. When you drop down to the sandy bottom, you are completely encircled in a massive shoal of fish, including Roncadores, Barracudas, Bream, and many other. There are also a large number of Morays living in this area.

The Gorgonians

This is a deep, long dive for the experienced diver. It's a long swim at around 5m, where we then drop down to around 30m, here you will find Gorgonians of up to 2m wide. Just passed the large Gorgonians you will find a large field of smaller red plants. Also common to this area are Marbled Electric Ray's, Jacks, Moray Eels, Gilt Head Bream and in the winter months Angel Sharks.

These are to name but a few of the great sites El Carbon has to offer.

For Scuba Divers of all levels there are dives for everyone. If you want to make a specific dive, then please ask and we will do anything we can do give you the dive you want!!



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