Diving Canary Islands
Scuba Diving on the Canary Islands inspires many divers every year. Apart from the diversified dive sites with caves, wrecks and colourful volcanic reefs, the biodiversity is to be considered for the canaries. Also worth mentioning are the good infrastructure, short flight times, mainly sunny weather and not least political stability.
Scuba Diving on the Canary Islands can be a highlight for everyone. Whether family, diving club, couples or solo travellers, “the islands of eternal spring” have much to offer both over and under water. More than 100 dive centres organize daily excursions to many hundred dive sites. Besides, there are more than 700 marine species to discover. From rays to morays, cephalopods, crabs and groupers to angel sharks, turtles and rare mantas. Everything is possible in the Atlantic. In the fish directory you will find an overview of the species you can observe while scuba diving on the Canary Islands.
As the water temperature does not drop below 17 ° C, the Canary Islands are a year-round destination. In my opinion a holiday with colder water in spring is even more worthy, because you can observe more rays, snails and juvenile fishes. Incidentally, the water temperature in the late summer rises to 25 ° C.
In conclusion I can say that there are many good reasons for diving holidays in the canaries.
Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands. It is also home of the Teide, the highest mountain in Spain. It rises 3718m into the sky and is visible over long distances. Up to five million tourists visit Tenerife every year. Thereby, it is almost irrelevant in which region one settles. There are plenty of scuba diving centres and other activities to discover.
Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands with over 20 million years of history. Long time ago it once formed an island with Lanzarote and Los Lobos. It is known above all for its endless long white beaches. However, it has much more to offer than just a beach holiday. There are numerous sights to see, museums to explore and last but not least the fabulous underwater world.
You can already see the contrast from the plane. An almost completely black island, built with almost only white houses. The reason is a name. One encounters Cesar Manrique on Lanzarote at every corner and in every edge. Nobody has shaped this Canary Island as much as he did. Apart from diving, which is excellent by the way, one can experience a lot of art and culture here.
No, not Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) or Palma de Mallorca but LA PALMA! The north-west of the Canary Islands is hardly known to anybody and that is good. Relaxed, natural holiday is guaranteed here! The small islet in the Atlantic is especially known to hikers. Divers, mountain bikers and anyone who appreciates the gentle tourism comes as well at its expense.
El Hierro is the smallest and one of the lesser known Canary Islands. Among divers, however, it is very popular. There is a reason for this. The marine reserve of La Restinga is legendary and some even say it is the best diving spot in Europe. Apart from the underwater world, El Hierro also has a lot to offer above water. Hikers and mountain bikers also get their money’s worth. Otherwise, El Hierro is also a great place to relax and simply do nothing. There is no mass tourism, no bed castles, not even big apartment complexes.
The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are very similar because of their same origin. Only human intervention has made them different.From moonlike landscape to rainforest all intermediate stages are present. Each of the seven main islands is a jewel and has its own charm.
Politically, the Canary Islands belong to Spain and thus to Europe. However, they are one of 17 autonomous regions that includes two provinces. On the one hand there is the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. These include the islands of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. On the other hand is the province of Las Palmas, which includes the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. Due to its status as an autonomous region, the Canary Islands can be enjoyed for tax advantages resulting in cheaper restaurant visits, tobacco and alcohol. Apart from this, life expectancy costs are generally lower.