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Canaries Scuba Destination Info:
      Overall summary of Canaries
The Canaries are a 7 island archipelago located just off the coast of Africa that belong to Spain but are autonomous. They are part of the larger Macaronesia group of Islands (madeira, Azores, Cape Verde, and Salvages) which are all volcanic in nature.

The Canary Islands are a well known tourist destination with over 10 million tourists a year. Most are content to sit on the beach and enjoy the climate of their package holiday but there is also good diving on the different islands. The volcanic nature of the islands means that the scenery underwater is far from dull. Also the corals you can expect to see are different to those encountered in the Mediterranean.

There are 4 main islands for diving: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Teneriffe, and Fuerteventura. And then the three smaller ones of El Hierro, La Palma, and La Gomera. Teneriffe is famous for it's ray dives, Lanzarote has it's night dive on the old harbour wall, Fuerteventura has it's own protected marine reserve near Lobos Island to the north, and Gran Canaria has the El Cabron Marine reserve on the east coast.

In the larger islands, the density of tourists mean that getting into the water is not going to be a problem! There are loads of dive centres in each resort area vying for customers. Use the reviews on this site to find well regarded ones before you turn up or take a careful look at their facilities. Because of the competition, this can be a value for money location to get trained, but make sure you will simply not be rushed through the program.

As well as the diving there is also lots to do out of the water, and this makes the islands a good choice for a holiday diving destination near to Europe.
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Enter your text here...We (my 14 year old daughter and I) have just come back from Tenerife. This is our second visit in 2months - we were so impressed the first time. I wasn't looking forward to tenerife (it was selected by the windsurfing section of the family!) as I felt there would be little interesting aquatic life and mostly caves and swim throughs - how wrong I was. The first time we dived with tuna, barracuda, large rays, turtle, trigger fish and roncadores. This time we were also lucky enough to have a 4m+ manta ray swim around us for about 20minutes. Sea temp was 22-23 C, there were lots of wrecks to dive as well as caves, arches and swim throughs. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Big Blue Planet knows about the following locations in Canaries:

El Cabron Marine Reserve Arinaga, Gran Canaria
The El Cabron Marine reserve on the east coast of Gran Canaria is one of the best dive sites in the Canary Islands. The geology underwater has created a large volcanic shelf at 12-14m, known as the 'Veril de Arinaga' or the Table Top. Around the ed...
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I have been to Fuerteventura diving for more than 4 years now and I have yet to have a bad experience. The sort of things you may see diving depends largly on the what time of year you go. In the summer there are some amazing rays and in the win...
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Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is not a place you would first think about if you were going on a dive holiday, but you will be shocked at the amount of marine life there. Every dive you will see massive amounts of marine life! The visibility is very good and the wate...
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La Palma
La Palma is not Micronesia or like the Maldives - but still there are water temperatures of up to 25° C during summertime and still a minimum of 18° C during the winter. As well you don’t find the masses of colours an big fish like in the Red Sea or ...
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In the Atlantic Ocean, one of the Canary Islands (volcanic). Excellent diving from shore and boat. More than 500 different kinds of fish and other marine life. Diving throughout the whole year. Average visibility of 20 meters. Water temperatures betw...
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Malpique, La Palma
A very nice diving spot. At 35 meters depth is a nice arc where you can dive through. After it there's a great (high) basalt needle with a diameter of about 6 meters. It starts at 45 meters and rises till 20 meters. It's totally grown with black cora...
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Tenerife is the largest of the 7 Canary Islands, which are in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the islands are formally part of Spain they operate independantly. The climate is constant all year round with air temperatures of 75 - 84 degrees and water te...
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